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Crash Victim Dies

By WEEK Producer

The passenger from an accident over the weekend has passed away.
The Peoria County Coroner says 18-year-old Ashlyn Payne was pronounced brain dead early Tuesday morning and her organ donation was completed this morning.

Payne was the passenger in Jamie Duhs' car Saturday night when it crashed near North Route 29 and Route 6.
The coroner says a Peoria County Sheriff's Deputy had been pursuing Duhs' car, but the pursuit was terminated before the accident.

The coroner says when Payne arrived at the hospital, her blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit and there was marijuana in her system.

Duhs is still in fair condition at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.
She has been charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and fleeing and eluding a police officer.

10:54 PM bgirl wrote ...

As a family member of a dead drunk driver from a few years ago. I have only ever been able to THANK GOD that my family member only killed themself. I miss them immensely but would never be able to accept they took the life of an innocent person for one fun night out. As for we've all been 18, yeah I have and I made more responsible choices with my life. Such as COLLEGE! I did not go out to big beer parties. I HAVE NEVER DRIVEN DRUNK and I am well past 18, in fact I have chosen to never be drunk!

7:49 PM Enough wrote ...

Enough already people ! 77 people with nothing better to do ? How about this ? A 14 year old boy in Peoria Heights turned his Garage into a spook house the cost 3 bucks ....ALL PROCEEDS WILL Benefit The South side Mission 805 Scitoa Peoria heights 7/ 11 Way to go Cameron the 23 & 24

7:22 PM anonymous wrote ...

who provided them the alcohol?

3:49 PM Diana wrote ...

So, I am to understand that people actually saw these girls drunk? Did anyone try to stop them from driving that car? This is a terrible mistake that one girl paid for with her life, one will pay for the rest of her life. A baby is left without a mother! Let Ashlyn rest in peace. Don't leave Lyla this memory of her mother. Leave Jamie alone. She will punish herself more than anyone. And, for those who saw them and didn't stop them, is your conscience clear today?

3:16 PM Kristin wrote ...

I am completely dissapointed in the people who leave comments on these stories. I know Jamie, personally, and if any of you did you would know how close her and Ashlyn were. They might as well have been sisters. She has to live with the fact that she killed her best friend, already. She doesn't need ignorant people telling her that. Also, they were both drinking, they both got in the car, the both committed mistakes. Sympathy to BOTH families and Jamie.

2:58 PM Anonymous wrote ...

I will pray for the family of the deceased.

2:09 PM So sad wrote ...

I think the people that are commenting so rudely and heartless need to put themselves in the shoes of the parents, families and friends of these girls. What if that was your friend, daughter or sister. Would you be acting so disrespectfully then?. doubt it. If you knew these girls you wouldnt be acting so inconsiderate. I went to school with Ashlyn, and she was an amazing friend with a huge heart and was always nice to everyone, these girls were best friends. So stop calling Jamie a murderer.

12:41 PM Moi wrote ...

What a terrible tragedy for BOTH families. May God ease your sorrows for the loss of Ashlyn, and may he also help Jamie come to terms with what happened. She needs Him and her family the most right now...not strangers placing blame. We all know it was wrong, and a horrible lapse of judgement for BOTH girls. God Bless...

12:02 PM Nicole wrote ...

I think it is a shame that this had to happen, and I am sorry for both families involved. I however, do see the people reason's for placing blame. If you stop and think about it, it could have been you, your family members, or a close friend that could have died in the crash during the eluding of police, after, or before.

11:56 AM mother of teenager wrote ...

None of us have the right to judge these girls ,teenagers make bad decisions as well as adults its not the way they were raised,its just decision skills that teenagers dont have yet,they dont have enough life experience to always do right.I feel so sorry for the families,the girl that survied the terrible accident will have a tough rode ahead with the the law and further charges i do feel her pain and her families pain I have been there .

9:10 AM WOW wrote ...

The sad thing about all of this is that there are two sets of families who are mourning the lives of their daughters. There was only one who passed, however, the second will never be the same again. Accidents happen like this all the time. Although it is unfair and dangerous a lot of the times, it is part of life. Remember your parents tell you to never drink and drive,well how many listened? You guys can bash these girls all you want but just know that young gen are not the only ones at fault!

9:04 AM WOW wrote ...

I am truly amazed at how ignorant some of these comments are. Seriously?, we are going to repeat the statement.... "were sorry for the families, but they should have not been driving"? That is just ridiculous to keep repeating on here, acting as though you are trying to show sympathy, while bashing the girls, one of which is dead!?! These two girls were young, believe it or not, its not really that uncommon for people to get in the car and drive drunk, especially those who are of age to drink!

9:02 AM puppy love wrote ...

One thing I don't understand is why most of you are talking down about Jamie when all children make mistakes and Trust me she will learn. But Think about it if it was ur child and everyone is talking about how dumb she is, when she is still hanging on too? How would you feel? I know that Ashlyn family is hurting but so is Jamies. Just Like all of the other teens that died in 06 and 07. Children make mistakes.. Instead of talking trash PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FAMILIES and TALK TO YOU OWN CHILDREN!!

8:27 AM Really? wrote ...

Why are we blamming the cops? And then to say that its ok because i used to drink and drive as a teen? Get a grip. This is what happens to people who drive drunk! Im glad they hurt themselves and no one else!

5:50 AM Anonymous wrote ...

I don't fault one over the other. They both knew better, but did it anyway. It shouldn't be about blame anyhow. Everyone knows it was wrong, but let's learn from it and keep our kids around longer. It doesn't have to happen again.

4:35 AM no sympathy wrote ...

She drove drunk, got in one wreck, in a high speed chase because of the 1st accident, got in a 2nd wreck and killed her friend! I think she should be prosecuted for vehicular manslaughter and we need to stop giving her sympathy for how she feels. She will never know the pain the parents of the child she killed feels, or how the dead girls daughter will go through life without her mother! She was old enough to be responsible for her actions! She should be tried & prosecuted for them

4:07 AM nunya wrote ...

I was at the park waiting for my kids to get through the haunted trail when the girls came in TRASHED. I was 10 feet from the ticket table where the woman selling tickets refused the girls entry to the event because they were intoxicated. The woman asked the girls if they were driving and they both replied NO. The sad thing is, someone tried to stop them from doing the wrong thing and they were to drunk to accept the help. You could have killed my whole family on the way home.stop driving drunk!

3:33 AM Dirtie wrote ...

To Duh, only a real first class moron would post a comment like yours. What does Obama have anything to do with this story? And lastly, the only reason this country is "in the toilet" is thanks to your ex first class moron of a president and his administration for putting our country "in the toilet", George W Bush.

12:50 AM burt wrote ...

In Europe, police cannot pursue a fleeing suspect because of tradgedies like this or because pedestrians or other vehicles get hit. Sure these kids made mistakes, but our cowboy cops have a hand in it too. If they were being chased, they were panicked.

11:22 PM Concerned wrote ...

Unfortunately tragic things like this will happen again. If we sugar coat it were saying it’s ok. But, it’s not ok. Lives are lost because people just want to go out and have fun. Teens and adults alike need to be educated on how real this problem is. Jamie has learned her lesson but there are many others reading this who think they’re immune. Harsh yes, but this could have been a lot worse. There could have been several people killed.

9:43 PM sad & sickening wrote ...

another life lost.

9:36 PM BJ wrote ...

To DUH !!! Get a life, one young person is dead, the other in the hospital and will have to live with this the rest of her life and all you can do is rant about someone elses opinion. More people like you and no one will care about anybody.

8:48 PM DUH wrote ...

No Namer or No Brainer ? You let the government put a breathalyzer in your car ! The Government is in enough of OUT BUSINESS Already ! Your the kind of moron the sends people like Obama to Washington and then wonder why the country is in the TOILET MORON !

8:41 PM Kellie B wrote ...

Our thoughts and prayers are with both families in this tough time.

8:32 PM Jen wrote ...

Some of you people must have lived very sheltered lives as a teenager!

8:28 PM Jennifer wrote ...

You people are a real joke.Like none of you went out with your best friend on a weekend at the age of 18 and got toally hammered?! I know I did! Also how many of us did do it and say *that wont happen to me* as you get in the car and drive off? I DID! and I sit here today and read about all these accidents and say wow I must of just been lucky that was never me. But I can understand that teenagers are going to be teenagers and we have ALL been there .

8:09 PM unknown wrote ...

i was at 3 sister when these girls showed up trashed and i heard over the walkie talkie there were waiting for police to show up to take the girls away since there so drunk that 3 sister wasnt going to let them in to watch the bands play and there took off and drove drunk on the road and ran from cops is not a smart move to do and then hit 90 mph and run from cops wow parents dont teach there kid right from wrong and there were to young to drink and then drive drunk and kill her friend

7:47 PM Anonymous wrote ...

I agree, "11:30 AM Anonymous". The family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers, but you can't ignore the danger they put others in (hard to hear or not). All of us make mistakes, but lets hope we also learn from others.

7:08 PM no namer wrote ...

with this accident. the government needs to put breathilzers(sp) in the cars now. If had one that car wouldn"t be able to start and both of these people would of been fine.

6:42 PM Diana wrote ...

My daughter was a good friend of Ashlyn and I knew her when she was much younger.I remember being 18.I knew right from wrong, and what could come of drinking and driving.This said, my friends and I always considered ourselves immortal.This always happened to someone else. These girls were no longer in High School so don't blame parents either.It is a sad situation which one girl will spend the rest of her life wishing she could take back.How many of us are "lucky" today because we were once 18?

6:35 PM TRUTH wrote ...

I feel very bad for the families. Im sorry. They sounded like very nice and loving young women. We all make mistakes. Im sorry for pointing others' mistakes out.There is nothing harder than losing a loved one...no matter the circumstance. Im sorry.

5:57 PM MeganB wrote ...

I live 2 and a half hours from home. I feel so bad that I can't be there. I've known Jamie and Ashlyn since freshman year. Both very amazing girls. RIP Ashlyn. Hang in there Jamie.

5:50 PM .... wrote ...

what does matter it is done it is over with. u guys are being so mean to the family and friends who reads this and see all the mean things u are saying. u should just be remembering the good times and not the bad. it would help those who need it right now.stop pointing fingers the regret and heartbreak is enough for her. she needs her friends. not them pointing fingers. prayers for both families.

5:42 PM sympathy but... wrote ...

I feel sorry for these girls families, my heart goes out to you all. But, why is this called an accident? When people CHOOSE to drink and drive, it is not an accident. I am sure we will not hear the complete toxicology reports, and I bet there is more than alcohol and marijuana involved. Parents you need to wake up to what your kids are Really doing these days... They take Vicadin and drink to get drunk faster. Along with other drugs.

5:20 PM mad wrote ...

If these girls had any concern about their families, they would not have gotten into the car.

4:49 PM Court wrote ...

How can anyone on here judge these two girls especially people who didn't know them. Can everyone on here with a negative comment say they never drank underage? I doubt it. DO NOT call Jamie a murderer. She is 18 and was very intoxicated, she wasnt thinking. She NEVER meant for this to happen. Don't be cruel Ashlyn's life is over and even if Jamie survives hers is pretty much over to. These girls have been punished enough and do not deserve to be talked about this way. R.I.P. Ashlyn Pray 4 Jamie

4:30 PM Anonymous wrote ...

I was there about 5 minutes after the crash, going home from a long day at work. If I'd been there a few minutes sooner, I could be dead too. I have great sympathy for these girls' families, but they should not have been on the road in their condition. You can't tell me that no one knew what they were into. Why didn't some of their "friends" stop them from getting behind the wheel???

4:25 PM TRUTH wrote ...

i am not condemning them.I am merely pointing out that they made bad mistakes.If i condemned them, I would be sentencing them.I didn't do that.However, I do apoligize because it didn't all come out right. Im sorry if I offended you or anyone else. It was never my intention to do so.I just think that alcohol has destroyed more lives than it's helped and that we are all effected by it negatively.There is hope.Im human and there is no excuse for my mistakes.I make them, too.Real "bad" ones, also.

4:21 PM Rational wrote ...

Some of what "TRUTH" said makes sense. They shouldn't go without blame. However, who are you to post on a bulletin board all the things they did wrong? Are you the judge? the jury? There is no doubt what they did is wrong and illegal, but drop it. Ashlyn is dead, why continue to point out her faults, lets remember everything good she was: mother, sister, daughter, friend! If the family gets on here and reads some of these posts how do you think they would feel to see their daughters slandered?

4:21 PM Concerned wrote ...

This is a horrible thing that happened. I am truly sorry for all involved. The one issue I have is where were all you so called “friends” when your two “friends” decided to drive home at over twice the legal limit. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. CONCERNED DRIVER has a valid point. If a drunk driver kills one of my family members I am going to make sure they are punished to the maximum. I don’t care how much the driver is suffering. Do the crime pay the time. This could have been avoided.

4:09 PM I know wrote ...

It may seem like they are being condemned.But TRUTH has a point.It looks like some are trying to make both of these people look blameless.I have known some of my own loved ones to die.It is not ever a positive to see a loved one suffer consequences.it just is.I think TRUTh has a point.She will be judged by a Judge and that's the end of the story.there is hope for her afterwards too.she needs to make a change.she has the chance to do so.

3:56 PM Ryan Fabry wrote ...

I'm sure that "TRUTH" never made mistakes in his/her life. Even though when you made that mistake nothing seriously bad happened, well unfortunately in this case it did. All these people getting on here and condemning these girls isn't helping anything. get over it "TRUTH"

3:51 PM TRUTH wrote ...

The only way she can live a life worth living is to give up her life to the one who gave it to her.If there is any hope, it is that if she desires to have the lifting of this terrible burden, she can only turn to Jesus-Christ.She is a person.She cant live from this point on without sacrificing her life to the one that gave her life.Until she gives it all to Him, the guilt and grief will remain and alcohol/drugs will not only be an addiction...it will be her life.There is only one peace 2 rest in

3:46 PM Ashlyn Daniels wrote ...

this is so sad...what is wrong with the world these days! RIP Ashlyn i knew her very well! went to grade school together...u will be missed and loved....Ashlyn daniels

3:45 PM TRUTH wrote ...

There is no good that comes out of something like this.They were breaking the law.The police tried to capture them.THEY made a very bad mistake.It all started when they drank the alcohol.They are definately to blame.both of them.The lessons that the survivor will learn will be more than she can handle.She doesn't need anyone to tell her that she did wrong.The time she spends in jail and the amount of grief in her heart will tell her that.The Judge will judge.Then THE JUDGE will judge in the end.

3:15 PM Jesse Wesso wrote ...

First of all, I would just like to say that Ashlyn was like a sister to me growing up. She is my cousin, and it was the saddest thing that ever happened to me to hear about this. Visiting her in the hospital while she was in a coma, seeing her hair shaved, her face bloody...there is no greater injury for her family and mine. We all loved her so much and aren't blaming anybody. And for "No sympathy," I would have you put yourself in our family's shoes. Also, at least get her name right.

3:13 PM Ryan Fabry wrote ...

Every1 who is posting reminders about how drunk driving is bad, you are correct, but now isn't the time to point fingers. A close friend of mine is dead and gone. I will never see her again. To be honest I'm not to concerned about "I just share the road with these people. Their careless decisions put anyone else on the road in danger." It's over now, get over it "concerned Driver". Show your respects! again. R.I.P. Ashlyn Get well soon Jamie!

3:12 PM 75 wrote ...

I went to high school with both and were very very good friends with both. i knew the things they did. but people dont be so harsh. every one makes mistakes. this is just a very bad one that has hurt us all. RIP old friend. we will all miss you. jamie were here for you. but this will hurt you the most of all. i'm sorry for the loss of a great friend. Bye Ashlyn you'll never be forgoten

2:12 PM saddened wrote ...

Another death caused by drunk driving. What will ever stop this?

1:56 PM concerned driver wrote ...

http://www.pjstar.com/news_police/x42388541/Teen-pronounced-brain-dead-after-crash. They already wrecked once. As police responded, Jamie fled from police in excess of 90 mph, to the point where police had to stop pursuing. I don't know the kids and I don't know their parents (of course it's sad someone died). I just share the road with these people. Their careless decisions put anyone else on the road in danger. This is not a memorial to the girls, this is a news report on a crime.

1:31 PM Sad wrote ...

This is a very sad situation. Yes ashlyn died and jamie is still in the hospital...but you can't just forget the factors that lead up to this. There is a common slogan, "you drink, you drive, you lose" it's true! I know jamie and I think she just made the worst decision of her life. Let's just hope she learns from this and does something to help ashlyns memory live on. RIP Ashlyn. Another tazewell county teen dead...may god bless you all.

12:53 PM Uncle of Jamie wrote ...

It's sad that people judge by what they see or hear, This was and accident and it could of happened to anyone. Please don't show your disrespect for Ashlyn with your snide remarks and hurtful comments. I hope that with the organ donation that someones life is improved. Please don't judge Jamie she will have this to deal with for the reaminder of her life. Jamie we love you and will be there for you (ALWAYS) Mistakes happen lets all learn from them. UNCLE PIP & AUNT BONNNIE

12:46 PM a little insight wrote ...

Obviously people seem to think that parents can control everything their children do. Unless you keep your child in a box, you can't control their every move. All you can do is hope that the things you have taught them throughout their life to make the right decisions will kick in when faced with a choice to make. The parents are not to blame. It was a couple of kids who thought they were invincible and it wouldn't happen to them. Unfortunately, it did. My prayers are with both families

12:32 PM Anonymous wrote ...

to hmmmm parents arent always to blame for what their children choose to do. Do you know for a fact the parents told this girl to go out and get drunk and high?

12:30 PM Laci J wrote ...

My little sister was a close friend of this girl! She made a bad choice but dont leave rude things about her! For the love of god the poor girl is dead! Imagine how her poor friend feels! RIP Ash!

11:50 AM Dirtie wrote ...

They've got the day/time of the accident wrong, I just happen to drive by not more than a few minutes after the accident on my way home from the movies, and it was Friday nite not Saturday.

7:41 AM :( wrote ...

This is so sad. No matter what the situation was both families and girl's lives have been changed forever. Yes Jaimie made a mistake, but this isn't a mistake she will just be able to say sorry and forget about. This will haunt her for the rest of her life. And no matter what happened these girls have friends and families and they are all effected by this horrible accident. My prayers are with both families. I hope you can be strong and remember your friend forever! God Bless

Thursday, Oct 22 at 12:31 AM Doctor Obvious wrote ...

Some people have no problem with Darwin thinning out the herd for those who fail to realize drinking and then driving behind the wheel of a vehicle don't mix. So who's next?

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 11:39 PM towmater2u wrote ...

I cannot believe how shallow some of you people are!! A young lady lost her life!!! Who cares what the factors were!!! Everybody has made a mistake and i bet that the majority of you have also jumped behind the wheel after a few too many!! The fact is that a beautiful young lady lost her life and i didnt know her myself but i can only imagine the hole that has been left by this tragedy in the hearts of her friends and family. My heart is with all of them!! I wish there was more i could do!

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 11:31 PM Mariah wrote ...

Ashlyn was my childhood friend growing up and I went to junior high and high school with both of them. I will miss Ashlyn so very much! My thoughts go out to her family...they are incredible people. I just hope that somebody can learn something from this tragedy!

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 11:20 PM thoughtful wrote ...

my apologies to Ashlyn's friends and family for typing her name wrong in my previous posts - reading eveyones posts it just stuck - I didn't know her but I am sure she was an amazing young woman

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 11:12 PM NEKA wrote ...

I AGREE WITH THOUGHTFUL. MY BROTHER DIED FROM A FREAK ACCIDENT. AND IF THERE IS DRUGS IN THE SYSTEM THEY WILL NOT HARVEST ORGANS FOR DONATION. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY...STAY STRONG THRU THE TRYING TIMES..

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 11:10 PM dar wrote ...

Such a tragedy for the familes. I am so sorry for your loss. May the gift of organs let her life not be a sadness but a blessing knowing she lives on through so many others.

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 10:52 PM Ryan fabry wrote ...

Ashlyn was an amazing person, she was a great friend and mother and her and Jamie just made a few bad choices, dont act like none of you have ever made a mistake. R.I.P. Ashlyn and get well soon Jamie

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 10:48 PM doesn't matter wrote ...

I don't understand how some of you could be so heartless and if you look her name is Ashlyn..she was one of my friends very close friends and she was not the driver the driver is still alive.

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 10:35 PM Jon wrote ...

Sorry to hear of this prayers to BOTH FAMILIES..

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 10:06 PM thoughtful wrote ...

to no sympathy - ashley was not driving the car so for you to make a comment like that is just plain disrespectful. A young woman lost her life - have some respect

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 9:56 PM no sympathy wrote ...

you live by the sword, you die by the sword. thankfully ashleys stupidity and recklessness didnt kill anyone else but herself.

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 9:50 PM Ron wrote ...

Marijuana was mentioned because the two drugs used in conjunction impair a person's ability to think and react properly. Its a very sad thing that this girl had to looose her life and the

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 9:50 PM dumb wrote ...

thats all she got charged with?

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 9:47 PM thoughtful wrote ...

to ashley's family and friends I am sorry for your loss. donating her organs was a great things to do - if the drug and alcohol had any effect the doctors would not have taken them.

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 9:46 PM Retired Copper wrote ...

We should all hopefully learn from other's mistakes. My sympathy to the family of Ashley. I can't imagine losing my daughter through such irresponsibility. R. C. Sincerely, R.D

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 9:45 PM saddened wrote ...

The murderer?! Excuse me but it seems that there should be NO pointing fingers, both girls drank, and decided to get into that car. That is a cruel and unfair statement. Especially since I know one of the girls!

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 9:44 PM re: amazed wrote ...

I am sure being on life support for a few days would get the alcohol and drugs out of her system. Prayers for both girls families.

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 9:39 PM anonymous wrote ...

why was marijuana even mentioned in this article? Alcohol was the factor that caused this unfortunate accident not marijuana.

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 9:37 PM hmmmm wrote ...

you bloggers need to get a life.....how is this the fault of law enforcement? lets blame the parents who raised the driver....im sorry.....THE MURDERER!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 9:19 PM amazed wrote ...

Why in the world would they accept her donated organs with her alcohol level so high and marijuana in her system? Wouldn't that have some kind of affect on her organs?

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 9:06 PM Whitehairedcoach wrote ...

'No Name'....and you criticize the police? Alcohol and marijuana had nothing to do with the accident? Deepest sympathy to the family of Ashley.

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 8:57 PM no name wrote ...

way to go mr police man.

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