Coroner identifies woman killed in crash early Sunday, suspect faces charges

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UPDATE: A 34-year-old Geneseo woman faces charges after a fatal crash early Sunday in Rock Island.

Brittany Griswold, who remains hospitalized, faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and unlawful possession of a vehicle knowing it to be stolen, according to daily Rock Island Police reports.

The woman killed in the crash, Cecilia Nache, of Rock Island, was a paraprofessional at Wilson Middle School.

“With sincerest sympathy, the Moline-Coal Valley School District wishes to express condolences to the family of Cecilia Nache, who passed away over the weekend,” said Dr. Rachel Savage, superintendent of schools, in a statement released Monday.

“She was a special education paraprofessional at Wilson Middle School. She will be dearly missed,” Savage said. “Our hearts go out to her family and the community as we mourn this devastating loss.”

Grief counseling and other support will be available as needed for any student or staff member, she said. 

EARLIER UPDATE: The woman who died in an early-morning crash Sunday in Rock Island has been identified as Cecilia Nache, of Rock Island.

The crash remains under investigation by Rock Island Police Department and Gustafson, with assistance from the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation Unit.

EARLIER: A female driver from Rock Island whose identity has not been released died early Sunday in an accident on the 2300 block of 78th Avenue West, Rock Island.

The crash happened shortly after midnight, says a police report, which describes involved offenses as “(driving) under the influence of alcohol” and also “unlawful possession of a vehicle.”

Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson said the driver is from Rock Island. An autopsy will be performed Tuesday. Her identity will be released once her family is notified, he said.

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