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Update: Driver Found In Carroll Co. Crash


THURSDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: After an extensive search, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office is reporting the missing driver from Wednesday's accident on Route 84 has been found.

Sheriff Jeff Doran says Montero Badera-Aguilara was found with extensive injuries in a corn field north of Thomson, Ill., around 12:30 Thursday afternoon. He was transported to Mercy North Hospital in Clinton, Iowa.

The incident remains under investigation.

THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE: The Carroll County Sheriff says the man his department is looking for has been tentatively identified as Montero Badera-Aguilar. KWQC-TV6 has also learned the driver of the other car has died. The deceased is 80-year-old Earl (Junior) Lashelle of Savanna, Illinois. Sheriff Jeff Doran says the investigation shows Lashelle's car crossed the centerline and hit the car Aguilar was driving. The search resumed Thursday morning.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT UPDATE: The search for a man believed to be armed with a knife has been suspended for the night. Crews will resume the search at 7AM Thursday. 

INITIAL STORY: Authorities in Carroll County are searching for a man who is possibly armed with a knife. The sheriff says the man left the scene of a two-car crash on Route 84 between Savanna and Thomson, Illinois.

"We had a car that crossed the center line and hit another vehicle," says Carroll County Sheriff Jeff Doran.

After the head on collision, the driver of one of the cars started to run from the scene. Other men in the car with the suspect tried to detain him.

"He acted like he had a knife," adds Sheriff Doran, "We don't for sure that he did, but he told his buddies he would cut them if they didn't get away from him."

The suspect, who is a migrant worker, ran into a nearby corn field. Authorities believe he's still in the corn field and the area has been contained. Search dogs, police, and deputies from several counties searched the corn field for hours. A plane was also brought in.

"It's a huge field," says Sheriff Doran, "It's approximately one mile, by one mile, by one mile. There are buildings on it and we have searched the buildings. We also checked nearby houses."

People who live in the area have been told to keep their doors locked and to be on the lookout for any suspicious behavior.

"This fellow might be hurt. We are not really concerned that he's much of a threat, he could be, but he's scared, so we're going to try to keep this thing going," adds Sheriff Doran.

The search continued after dark. The sheriff says crews will use thermal imaging equipment and a thermal imaging plane, because a lot of the evidence from earlier is no longer there.

"It was raining really hard earlier and it's really been a deterrent to using the dogs on him," says Sheriff Doran.

As for why the suspect ran, authorities are still trying to figure that out.

"He was the one who fled, he wasn't the cause of the accident we believe," says the Sheriff.

The driver of the other car involved in the accident was taken to a Clinton Hospital. He was airlifted to another facility; his condition has not been released.