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Indian Creek senior dies after two-vehicle crash Thursday in Waterman

October 26, 2018 GMT

WATERMAN – An Indian Creek High School senior was pronounced dead at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital after a two-car crash Thursday night on Leland Road south of state Route 30, according to DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy Andy Sullivan.

Joyce K. Farnsworth, 18, and her twin sister, Joanna N. Farnsworth, of the 100 block of West Kirke Gate in Lee, were leaving work at Hoka Turkey Farm, 8519 Leland Road, just before 7 p.m. when their maroon 2000 Honda Civic pulled out from the entrance in front of a southbound truck, Sullivan said. He said the driver of the white Ford F-250, Jeffrey A. Pantilla, 33, of the 200 block of Hardanger Gate in Lee, tried to avoid the crash but couldn’t.

“It seems he did all he could, and that speed wasn’t a factor,” Sullivan said.

Pantilla and his passenger, Ronald R. Pantilla, 34, of the 100 block of West Kirke Gate – Sullivan wasn’t sure about whether and how they’re related – were wearing their seat belts and weren’t hurt, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

The twin sisters were also wearing their seat belts, the release says. Joanna Farnsworth suffered minor injuries, but her sister was pronounced dead at the hospital before 9 p.m., according to DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller.