GH native dies in crash

A former Grand Haven woman and her husband will be remembered for their inability to let anyone go without food or shelter.
Becky Vargo
Dec 3, 2013

“They opened their home up to anyone,” said friend Robin Burton.

Lori and Bobby Parker died Nov. 23, in a single car rollover crash in Hamilton County, Ill.

The former Lori Underwood/Leib of Collinsville, Ill., was 42. Her husband was 49.

Also killed in the crash were Tammy Delong, 35, and a her 16-year-old daughter, both of Collinsville, and a friend, Diana Wright, 23, of McLeansboro, Ill.

The only survivor was Darrell Delong, 49, of Collinsville, Bobby Parker’s uncle.

Darrell was wearing a seatbelt in the crash, said Lori’s sister, Heidi Leib-Reyes of Grand Haven. She said it’s not known whether anybody else was wearing a seatbelt. Everyone who died were ejected from the vehicle.

Illinois State Police said the six traveled in a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer north on Anderson School Road in Hamilton County, “when for unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the vehicle.”

Police reported that Darrell Delong drove the vehicle, but Leib-Reyes said there are questions about who drove.

The Trailblazer left the road and rolled over several times, police said.

According to WSIL-TV, people who live in the area noted it has always been a dangerous road.

“It’s also known as thrill hills to a lot of teenagers. With it having a series of three to four hills through here, a lot of kids like to drive down here extremely fast,” Hamilton County Chief Deputy Jason Stewart told the TV station.

The crash makes the third accident in the area in the past year, the deputy said.

Leib-Reyes said there had been a family gathering before the crash.

Lori’s mother, Janet Lucas of Grand Haven, said she asked police whether or not alcohol was involved.

“They said there was no indication of alcohol at the scene,” Lucas said. “They wouldn’t know for sure until they had the toxicology results back.”

Stewart told the TV station that deer were a major problem in the area and that could have been a factor in the crash.

The incident remains under investigation.

To read more of this story, see Tuesday's print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

Comments

bigdeal

so who was the GH Native? Sad, incomplete story. Pay up for the rest of the story...

tbirdlover1046

The Grand Haven native was Lori Parker, who's picture is on the
front page of the Tribune.

bigdeal

like I stated, pay up for the rest of the story.

rukidding

I'm guessing that Lori was from GH prior to relocation and is now recorded as being from Collinsville. Lori seems to be the main focus of the story as opposed to "also involved"; just a guess.

tbirdlover1046

CORRECT.

christopher

Apparently they may have been participating in an activity called "hill jumping" as per the local media outlets: http://www.stltoday.com/news/loc...

rukidding

That tells the entire story and thanks for doing what the Tribune fails to accomplish.

tbirdlover1046

I thank Becky Vargo and the Tribune Staff
for their article. There has been so much
confusion with this story. We do not have
the final results. The one thing that is
final, is that five wonderful people are
gone, forever, and their families will not
ever be the same without them. This is so
tragic. Please be kind to their memories.
And if you can make a difference in the
lives of those left behind, then do so.
People are never perfect, but I can tell
you this, Lori never stopped trying to
better herself and help those around her.
Jan

bigdeal

thank you for the link, and thank goodness for the St Louis Post-Dispatch, a news publication in every sense of the word that prints the complete story for free! How do they do that?

tbirdlover1046

My God, Please stop the attacks!
The Tribune had no time to look into
this. We are so upset that we are not
able to know what REALLY happened.I
thank the Tribune for doing their best.

tbirdlover1046

As of Thursday, Nov.28th, we were with the understanding that Bob
Parker was the only one buckled, in pass.seat.There is a question
as to who the driver was. The other 5 people were ejected from the
vehicle and 3 died instantly.Two were aeromeded to Indiana.
It is still not known if speed,deer,or alcohol was a factor.
There was ice on the road and sides of road. A witness said it was
very slippery on the road that night. A 16 yr old passed away at
the hospital. Her stepfather was saved,and is expected to live.

bigdeal

yours doesn't jive with the tribune story here at all, who is wrong?

tbirdlover1046

We are done, here. If we had all the answers, and this
was a perfect world, these people would be home with
their families, planning Christmas.
Cyber investigations are highly unreliable.
thank you for your sympathies.

tbirdlover1046

The Parkers were also close friends with the owners of
Steffi's Grill and Pub in Collinsville.

tbirdlover1046

The Parkers had numerous friends at the Fairmont Park
Racecourse.Condolences have come from across the Nation
from the horse racing circuits.

tbirdlover1046

In fairness to Mr Pembrook, Lori's second husband;
when Lori was seventeen,pregnant,and abandoned by
Mr Krueger,Mr Pembrook stuck by her as a friend,
saw her through her pregnancy,and they grew to
love each other,marry,and have three children.
Al was in the Navy.The stresses of marriage,four
children,close in ages,the separation due to Navy
issues,all lead to problems on both parties' part,
which they could not resolve.This lead to their
divorce.It would be nice if we could put that all
to rest,and do what we can for Lori's children and
Grandson,at this time.That is what she would want.
Thank you. Jan Lucas.

Lanivan

You have my sincere sympathy at the loss of your lovely daughter, Jan. Peace.

tbirdlover1046

Thank you.
Good to know someone in this area
still has some heart.
May God Bless you and yours.
Jan

rukidding

I am extremely sorry for your loss Jan, and I say the following with deep regret; I do know how you feel. Nothing prior matters at this point so take care of you, the family, and lean on those that are close to you. My suggestion would be to realize that fixing blame is useless and counterproductive. What has happened is reality and the process of grieving and then healing should be paramount for the sake of the children and everyone's mental health. The healing is a long process but you will eventually learn to live with a hole in your hearts, fill it with wonderful memories knowing how lucky you were to have had Lori for the time you did.

Vladtheimp

Everyone is better from reading this incisive and heartfelt comment!

Valspink28

That is all that she would want.. she loved her friends and family!

tbirdlover1046

Thank you. We are devastated. It is still
unreal. I am truly sorry if you have had
to deal with the same loss. Nothing in this
world could hurt more. I am trying to get
back to normal, it is not ever going to
be possible. But, again, thank you.

rukidding

We lost a child and it doesn't seem real, and you're right about the pain as there is no equal. You will have to create a new normal, keeping in mind that you are in control of this, don't surrender this power to those that have no clue what you are going through. One day at a time Jan, one day at a time, and stay as busy as you are able.

tbirdlover1046

Thank you. I am so sorry for your loss.
I know you are right. I am a writer, so
I try to do this sort of thing to keep busy.
This may not be the best place to get caught
up. Too much drama can evolve. I am also
angered when some idiot starts a lot of crap.
thank you for your support.
God Bless you and yours.

LessThanAmused

Not really trying for a bonding moment here RU, but we too lost a child, our 3rd, a son. He was born March of 91 and died in June. 3 short months here and gone. They say he died of SIDS, which is just a big basket they put all their "we don't really know"s in.....

I was just up at the cemetary the other day putting stuff away for winter, hard to believe it's been almost 23 years ago. I didn't deal with it all very well at the time and it did leave a hole.

I don't know you Jan, but just take things one day at a time and talk to those who'll support you. I kept my anger inside and I wouldn't recommend that for anyone else. Writing is an excellent way to occupy your mind and work things out...that's probably what saved me.

tbirdlover1046

I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for your support. My
Grandson also passed away of SIDS in 1987, at age 4 mos. We
lost my Father 10 weeks later to cancer. It feels like it was
yesterday. Our family was overwhelmed. We were always so close.
We are scattered around the Country, now. We miss out on so
much in each others lives. It would be great if we all could
just do random acts of kindness every day, and remember that
we are not able to control fate, and death is so inevitable,
but still painful. We have to find our comfort in faith, time,
and most importantly, memories, and in those of us whom are
still here. May God Bless you and yours. Jan

tbirdlover1046

I am so sorry you went through this. It is
the worst of life's tests. I just want to
be with her for one more hour. There were
so many things I want to say. I know you
feel the same. Just want to hug her and to
comfort her, once more. I am so lost.
I am praying for strength, and at the same
time, I feel such a loss of faith. I don't
understand any of this, but thank you.
Jan

Valspink28

Lori sue was my everything, my rock and so was bob. they literally put all there money together one yr to get me down to them on a train. i was in a bad spot in my life and needed to be with my lori. i am thankful today for lori and bob parker because without them i trully dont know where i would be. thats the kind of people they were kind, honest, loving and just plain whole hearted with everything they did. i as well as lori and bobs friends and family are left with no answers and a big hole left in our hearts but with lori and bob up above we all have 2 more guardian angels watching over us.. Rest in peace now for we will meet again. i love you!!

tbirdlover1046

Thank you, Val. Lori had a heart the
size of Texas. She will surely be up
there beside Bobby...the brightest of
the stars...shining brightly. She is
a great angel.
Mom

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