“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.
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