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Woman in Madison Co. crash was under influence of prescription drugs, prosecutors say

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Amanda Runtz was under the influence of prescription drugs when she was involved in a wrong way fatal crash in Godfrey, prosecutors said. Credit: Madison County State's Attorney Amanda Runtz was under the influence of prescription drugs when she was involved in a wrong way fatal crash in Godfrey, prosecutors said. Credit: Madison County State's Attorney
Facebook photo of 30 year old Marlon "Buddy" Buford who was killed in a wrong way head-on crash on Highway 255 in Godfrey. Facebook photo of 30 year old Marlon "Buddy" Buford who was killed in a wrong way head-on crash on Highway 255 in Godfrey.
Scene of a fatal wrong-way crash on Route 255 in Godfrey Wednesday (Credit: KMOV) Scene of a fatal wrong-way crash on Route 255 in Godfrey Wednesday (Credit: KMOV)

GODFREY, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A woman is facing charges after she was allegedly under the influence of prescription drugs when she was involved in a wrong-way fatal crash that occurred in Godfrey.

Amanda Runtz, 22, is charged with aggravated driving while under the influence causing death, aggravated driving while under the influence, reckless homicide and aggravated driving while under the influence.

The three-car crash occurred about 10:00 p.m. on January 17 on Route 255 just south of Humbert Road.

Illinois State Police officials said they were on the phone with a motorist who was reporting that Runtz was driving the wrong way when the fatal crash occurred.

Prosecutors said Runtz was driving the wrong way in her Chrysler 300 when she hit a car being driven by Marlon Buford, 30, from Alton. Another car, driven by Timothy Varble 28, of Jerseyville then hit Buford's car from behind.

Buford was taken to a hospital where he later died. 

Buford was known by friends and family as "Buddy" and lived in Alton with his girlfriend and two children, a 5-year-old daughter and 1 1/2-year-old son.

"He's just an everyday good-natured kid. You wouldn't find nobody that had anything bad to say," said Ernie Wheeler, an uncle.

Runtz was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Varble was hospitalized with serious injuries. 

Prosecutors said benzodiazepines were found in Runtz's system.

The northbound lanes of Route 255 were closed for at least four hours following the crash.

Runtz is being held in the Madison County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

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