ALTON — A concert next Saturday will benefit the family of an Alton resident killed in a car crash on the Great River Road.
Concert promoter Jacob Book went to Civic Memorial High School with Chad W. Nicolet, 30, of Alton, who died Saturday, April 26, in a one-vehicle accident on Illinois 100 in Jersey County.
According to the Jersey County Sheriff’s Department, Nicolet was traveling west on Illinois 100 at about 2:45 p.m. when his vehicle went out of control and left the road, hitting an embankment.
Jersey County Coroner Larry J. Alexander pronounced Nicolet dead at the scene; his wife, Alton Middle School teacher Sandy J. Nicolet, 29, is recovering at Alton Memorial Hospital.
“Chad was a very nice guy,” Book said. “He was one of the vocal leaders on the football team; he was a mentor in the weight room.”
Nicolet often would come to Book’s shows, despite not sharing his taste in music.
“He wasn’t always big on the bands I would have playing, but he would always stop in, have one drink and leave, just to support me,” Book said.
In honor of their friendship, Book decided to donate proceeds from the May 10 Midwest Radfest at Spirits Lounge, 300 State St. in Alton, to Nicolet’s family for hospital bills and funeral costs.
Nicolet worked at ConocoPhillips and was the family’s breadwinner, Book said. The Alton couple has two children, Miles, who is younger than 4, and a baby, Hayden.
“Insurance will cover some of it, but you should never have to worry about finances at a time like this,” Book said. “It should be the last thing on your mind.”
The concert from 3 p.m. until 1 a.m. will feature 21 acts, including six solo artists on the 21-and-up second floor and 15 bands on the all-ages third floor. The event also will feature a 50/50 drawing and silent auction.
For more information, call Book at 314-578-2567, email firstname.lastname@example.org or look up Midwest Radfest on Facebook.