The person who died in a traffic accident in Jacksonville last night was a long-time South Jacksonville village trustee.
Seventy-four-year-old Thomas Holliday of the 400 block of West Michigan reportedly crashed into a pole in the 1100 block of South Main Street. Morgan County Coroner Jeff Lair says Holliday suffered a heart attack prior to the wreck, which was the cause of death.
Holliday was a village trustee from 1991 to 1998. According to the Village of South Jacksonville Centennial yearbook in 2011, Holliday also served on the 75th anniversary committee in 1985, the 1986 Diamond Jubilee Committee, and was recognized for his work in the village’s McGruff program in 1993.
Current village trustee and mayor pro-tem Steve Waltrip says Holliday’s death is a loss for the village.
“He’s one of the better trustees we’ve had over the years. He was superior, well-thought-of, very devout person and extremely loyal to the village and the residents out here,” he says.
“The thing I think you can say Tom fought for is the residents of the village and making the right decisions, bringing forth projects to the committees, and just acting in the best nature for the village in and of itself,” continues Waltrip.
WLDS-WEAI General Manager and former news director Gary Scott also mentioned Holliday on this morning’s edition of “What’s On Your Mind?” on WLDS.
“Grew to know him well and respected him a great deal. Very kind man, but he was not without opinion, and he’s one of those guys you could agree to disagree with,” Scott says.
“He was a good guy to work with, and he will be sorely missed, and our prayers obviously go out to his family.”
Holliday was also a long-time manager for the former Lacrosse Lumber Company.
One person has died after a traffic crash in the 1100 block of South Main Street in Jacksonville last night.
Jacksonville Police Department reports indicate a single-vehicle accident happened at around 7:45 p.m. Police reportedly found a vehicle occupied only by the driver, 74-year-old Thomas Holliday of the 400 block of West Michigan.
Police say Holliday’s vehicle was travelling northbound on South Main when it veered to the right, left the roadway and struck a utility pole.
Holliday was reportedly transported from the scene by ambulance to Passavant Area Hospital and later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police are still investigating the crash. No other information on what might have caused the accident was immediately available this morning.