Peoria woman killed in early morning crash

By WEEK Reporter

September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 2:43 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- One woman is dead and another is hospitalized after an early morning car crash on Peoria's south side.

Police were called to the scene at Marquette and Griswold at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Officers said they found a Ford Explorer in the front yard of a home and two victims lying on the ground.

"When they (police and fire) arrived there was fire coming from the vehicle," Lt. Steve Roegge of the Peoria Police Department said.

A witness told police the SUV was speeding when the driver lost control and crashed into a tree.

Lt. Roegge said it appeared that witnesses pulled the women from the SUV.

The driver, Nicole S. Bailey, 29, of Peoria, was pronounced dead at the scene just before 1:30 a.m. An autopsy performed Wednesday revealed Bailey died of head injuries. Toxicology results are pending.

The passenger, Precious Bailey, was transported transported to OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

Her condition is unknown.