ALTON — A benefit is being held this weekend and more plans are in the works to support an Alton Middle School teacher injured in a vehicle crash that killed her husband on April 26.
Sandy J. Nicolet, 29, of Alton, sustained severe injuries in the single vehicle crash on Illinois Route 100. Her husband, Chad W. Nicolet, 30, of Alton, sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. According to a news release from the Jersey County Sheriff’s Office, Chad Nicolet lost control of the car, driving off the roadway and eventually causing the vehicle to roll over. Chad Nicolet was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Jersey County Coroner Larry J. Alexander, while Sandy Nicolet was transported to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Alton.
Sandy Nicolet was recently released from the hospital, and friends and community members have begun organizing events and fundraisers to benefit her and the couple’s two young boys.
The first such event will take place Saturday, May 10, at Spirits Lounge in Alton. The restaurant and lounge, located at 300 State St., will host 21 local bands and musicians for a concert entitled “Midwest Radfest” that will run from 3 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday. The cost is $10 for a ticket before the event or $12 at the door, with all the proceeds going to the family. The event will also have a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction.
Alton Middle School principal Steve Sandbothe said the school is also hoping to organize some events to help the family. Sandy Nicolet is a seventh-grade English language arts teacher in the school’s Piasa House. She’s been a teacher at the school for six years.
In the wake of the accident, one of the first questions she asked was about how her students were doing, according to Sandbothe. Sandbothe said she’s a popular teacher among the students as well.
“She’s well-loved,” Sandbothe said. “She’s a wonderful lady. She’s a great teacher. This is a very tragic thing for any family to have to go through. Right now we’re just trying to support her.”
Sandbothe said school officials are still discussing how best to help the family, with many different ideas currently on the table. He said a scholarship fund has also been talked about, but no details have been finalized.
Donations have been coming in to the school since word of the accident spread, Sandbothe said. The school is accepting donations on behalf of the family. Donations can be dropped off in the school’s main office or mailed to 2200 College Ave., Alton IL 62002.
For more information on Saturday’s event, email IlliNoise Productions co-founder Jake Book at firstname.lastname@example.org or find the “Midwest Radfest” page on Facebook.
Nathan Grimm may be reached at 618-463-2515 or on Twitter @GrimmTelegraph.