Coroner’s News Briefs

November 13, 2016 - Jugtown and Deerfield Accident
 Grundy County Coroner’s Office
John W. Callahan, Coroner
1320 Union St.
Morris, IL  60450
Phone – 815-942-3792
Fax – 815-941-3355

Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan along with Grundy County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a motorcycle vs mini van crash that occurred Sunday afternoon shortly after 2:00pm.. The incident occurred at the intersection of Jugtown and Deerfield.

Preliminary investigation indicates a motorcycle driven by Daniel Ruffatto  51 of Coal City was northbound on Jugtown approaching the intersection of Deerfield when a van traveling southbound turned east to travel onto Deerfield when the collision occurred.  The two collided in the intersection.  Mr. Ruffatto was thrown from the motorcycle.  Coroner Callahan pronounced Mr. Ruffatto dead at the scene just after 3:00pm.  Mr. Ruffatto was not wearing a helmet.

The crash remains under investigation by both agencies.

 

October 31, 2016 - Man drowning in whirpool in September, details released.

Grundy County Coroner’s Office
John W. Callahan, Coroner
1320 Union St.
Morris, IL  60450
Phone – 815-942-3792
Fax – 815-941-3355 

Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan is releasing details of a man that drown in a whirlpool in his home. Coroner Callahan states the 60 year old Randy Weiss and his girlfriend had come home around 2:30 am on September 23rd. Randy decided to get into his whirlpool around 3:00 am which is located inside his home and his girlfriend went to sleep. When his girlfriend woke up in the afternoon hours, she found Randy lifeless in the whirlpool with extremely warm water.

Coroner Callahan states an examination was conducted of Mr. Weiss’s body and it was determined that he had drown. When a drowning of an adult occurs in a bathtub usually there are additional circumstances that factor into the death investigation.

Coroner Callahan stated that toxicology was submitted and recently finalized the toxicology report indicating Mr. Weiss had an ethanol level of 199 with cocaine intoxication.

The final cause of death is drowning with contributing factor of alcohol and cocaine intoxication.

Coroner Callahan reminds users of hot tubs and whirlpools of a consumer report warnings regarding the use of these tubs while drinking alcoholic beverages, pregnancy, high blood pressure and other health related issues.  In this particular death investigation not only was alcohol abused but also illegal drugs as well.

This death investigation is completed at this time.

October 6, 2016 - Truck Driver's Name Released

Grundy County Coroner’s Office
John W. Callahan, Coroner
1320 Union St.
Morris, IL  60450
Phone – 815-942-3792
Fax – 815-941-3355

Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan is releasing the name of the driver of a pickup truck that was struck and killed early Tuesday morning.

Callahan states notification was made around 1 pm today.  The driver is identified as Thomas R. Vilt,  60 of Coal City and Florida.

The crash remains under investigation by Coroner Callahan and the Grundy County Sheriff Department.

October 6, 2016 - Train vs. Vehicle Accident

Grundy County Coroner’s Office

John W. Callahan, Coroner

1320 Union St.

Morris, IL  60450

Phone – 815-942-3792

Fax – 815-941-3355

 

 Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan along with Grundy County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a crash that killed a Coal City man early Thursday morning.

 The crash occurred at the Railroad Crossing on Reed Road about ¾ miles west of Gorman Road.  The preliminary investigation indicates a pickup truck was traveling southeast on Reed crossing the tracks when it was struck by an oncoming train.

 The driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Callahan.  Coroner states the crossing is well marked with lights and arms.

 The name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

 The crash remains under investigation by both departments.

July 15, 2016 - Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Grundy County Coroner’s Office
John W. Callahan, Coroner
1320 Union St.
Morris, IL 60450
Phone – 815-942-3792
Fax – 815-941-3355

The Grundy County Coroner John Callahan and Channahon Police Department are investigating a motorcycle crash that claimed the life a Channahon man early Friday morning. July 15, 2016

Coroner Callahan states that a Channahon officer came across the crash at 0115 hrs. It appears the crash occurred after the motorcycle struck a median curb on Blue Grass just east of Ridge Road and losing control of the cycle. The driver of the cycle, David H. Poole JR. 55 years of age from Channahon was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Callahan at 0245 hours.

Coroner Callahan’s office and the Channahon Police Department continue this investigation.

July 13, 2016 - Name released for the Morris woman who took her own life.

Grundy County Coroner’s Office
John W. Callahan, Coroner
1320 Union St.
Morris, IL  60450
Phone – 815-942-3792
Fax – 815-941-3355

The Grundy County Coroner John Callahan is releasing the name of the Morris woman that took her own life in downtown Morris late Tuesday evening. Coroner Callahan states Shari Lynn Raad, 49 of Morris was pronounced deceased at 8:20 pm on Tuesday evening near Main and Liberty Street.

Coroner Callahan’s office and the Morris Police Department continue this investigation.

July 12, 2016 - The Grundy County Coroner’s Office is investigating a death of 50 year old Morris woman who took her own life in downtown Morris Tuesday evening.

Grundy County Coroner’s Office
John W. Callahan, Coroner
1320 Union St.
Morris, IL  60450
Phone – 815-942-3792
Fax – 815-941-3355

The Grundy County Coroner’s Office is investigating a death of 50 year old Morris woman who took her own life in downtown Morris Tuesday evening.

 Coroner Callahan states the individual was suffering from depression and other health conditions and had been in contact with friends just prior to the incident.  The friend contacted Morris Police and they were dispatched to the area of Main and Liberty where the subject was said to be.  The individual parked her car in the westbound lane of Main and took her own life.  Coroner Callahan stated the two officers of Morris Police Department were approaching the car as the event unfolded.  Coroner Callahan pronounced the individual dead at 8:20 pm.

 The name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Coroner Callahan’s office and the Morris Police Department continue this investigation.

July 10, 2016 - Aurora Man Identified

Grundy County Coroner’s Office
John W. Callahan, Coroner
1320 Union St.
Morris, IL  60450
Phone – 815-942-3792
Fax – 815-941-3355

The Grundy County Coroner’s Office has released the name of the motorcyclist killed on Old Stage Road on Saturday Evening. Notification has been made to family.  Chief Deputy Christina Hintze-Symoniak stated the deceased is Alfredo Gonzalez Hernandez 31 of Aurora, IL.

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Department along with the Grundy County Coroner’s office continue to investigate.

July 9, 2016 - Aurora Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident

Grundy County Coroner’s Office
John W. Callahan, Coroner
1320 Union St.
Morris, IL  60450
Phone – 815-942-3792
Fax – 815-941-3355

The Grundy County Coroner’s Office and the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of an Aurora man that died after being involved in a motorcycle accident on Old Stage Road.  The incident occurred Saturday evening, shortly before 7 P.M.

The Coroner’s office states that the deceased male was travelling westbound with three other motorcycles in the 5000 block of Old Stage Road, when one motorcycle lost control for unknown reasons, causing the two other motorcycle’s to also lose control. The deceased, whose name is being withheld pending next of kin notification, was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:56 P.M.  One victim was transported to Morris Hospital, while the other was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

An examination will take place Sunday morning at the Grundy County Coroner’s Office.

The investigation continues by the Grundy County Coroner’s Office and the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office.

June 21, 2016 - Morris Couple Killed while Bicycling

Grundy County Coroner’s Office
John W. Callahan, Coroner
1320 Union St.
Morris, IL 60450
Phone – 815-942-3792
Fax – 815-941-3355

Grundy County Coroner John Callahan and Grundy County Sheriff Department is investigating the death of a Morris couple that died after being struck by an SUV while riding their bicycles on Old Stage Road. The incident occurred Tuesday evening around 1900 hours.

Coroner Callahan states that Mark and Janice Wendling of Morris were riding bicycles westbound on Old Stage Road in the 4500 block when they were struck from behind. Mark was pronounced dead at the scene by Callahan at 1915 hours. Janice was airlifted from the scene and died at 2032 in Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.
Callahan states Mark and Janice each were wearing their helmets.
An examination will take place Wednesday by Callahan’s office and an examination for Janice will be held Wednesday by DuPage County Coroner’s Office.

The investigation continues by Coroner Callahan’s Office , Grundy County Sheriff’s Office and the DuPage County Coroner’s Office.

June 12, 2016 - 24 Year Old Man Dead

Grundy County Coroner’s Office
John W. Callahan, Coroner
1320 Union St.
Morris, IL  60450
Phone – 815-942-3792
Fax – 815-941-3355

Grundy County Coroner’s John Callahan and the Morris Police Department is investigating the death of a 24 year old Morris man found dead in his residence early Sunday morning.

Coroner Callahan states he received a call shortly after 5:00 am Sunday of a person found to be deceased at 310 Ashland Circle in an apartment.  Callahan states he arrived on the scene and found Ricardo Melendez dead in his apartment where he lived with his mother.  Coroner Callahan states that there was sufficient evidence found at the scene to indicate a possible heroin overdose.  It appears the death occurred sometime in very late hours of Saturday evening and was discovered by his mother early Sunday morning.

Coroner Callahan states an examination will be done on Monday afternoon along with toxicology tests submitted.  The investigation continues with both agencies.

 

May 28, 2016 - Investigating Death of 18 Year Old

Grundy County Coroner’s Office
John W. Callahan, Coroner
1320 Union St.
Morris, IL  60450
Phone – 815-942-3792
Fax – 815-941-3355

Grundy County Coroner’s office along with Grundy County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of an 18 year old Braidwood lady early Saturday morning 5/28/16.

Coroner Callahan states that he was called to the residence of James Hexdall living at 3565 North Perch Court where Kelsey M. Allison age 18 had been found unresponsive.  Coroner Callahan pronounced Kelsey dead at 0510 hours.

Coroner Callahan states at this time it appears the death is drug related however cannot speculate as to what drug or combination of drugs.  Callahan stated there are items of interest found in the investigation and the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death as well.  Coroner Callahan stated an autopsy was completed Saturday afternoon and that there is no immediate cause of death pending further examination and toxicology.

The death remains under investigation by the coroner’s office and the Grundy County Sheriff’s department.

 

 

May 27, 2016 - Mazon Creek Accident involving 70 year old Joliet Man

Grundy County Coroner’s Office
John W. Callahan, Coroner
1320 Union St.
Phone – 815-942-3792
Fax – 815-941-3355

Grundy County Coroner’s office is investigating the death of a 70 year old Joliet man that was involved in an incident on the Mazon Creek Thursday morning.

Coroner Callahan states at this time it appears the gentleman slipped into the creek and never came out.  His friends called 911 and he was pulled from the creek at some point on Thursday.  Coroner Callahan stated he was called to the ICU of Morris Hospital late Thursday evening regarding the death.  Coroner states Mr. Henry L. Craig 70 of Joliet was pronounced dead at 2340 in the ICU of Morris Hospital.

Coroner Callahan states an autopsy will be performed later today.

The death remains under investigation by the coroner’s office and the Grundy County Sheriff’s department.

 

May 5, 2016 - Rollover Accident East of Nettle Creek Road

Grundy County Coroner’s Office
John W. Callahan, Coroner
1320 Union St.
Morris, IL 60450
Phone – 815-942-3792
Fax – 815-941-3355

 

Grundy County Coroner’s office along with Grundy County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a single vehicle rollover Thursday afternoon that claimed the life of a New Lenox man.

The coroner’s office stated the preliminary investigation indicates that 40 year old Matthew Duque was traveling on Marseilles Road just East of Nettle Creek Road when for unknown reasons lost control of his vehicle, the vehicle rolled several times and he was ejected out of the vehicle. Duque was the only occupant in the vehicle at that time and was taken to Morris Hospital. Matthew Duque 40 years old was pronounced dead in the Emergency Room, shortly before 3:00pm.

An examination is scheduled for 8am on Friday morning (05-06-16)

The crash remains under investigation by the Coroner’s Office and the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department.

 

January 3, 2016 - Fatal Gunshot Wound

 Grundy County Coroner’s Office

John W. Callahan, Coroner

1320 Union St.

Morris, IL  60450

Phone – 815-942-3792

Fax – 815-941-3355

 

Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan along with Grundy County Sheriff’s Dept is investigating the death of a 27 year old Gardner man involved in a domestic dispute late Sunday evening.

Coroner Callahan’s release states that a 27 year old male by the name of Nathan John Lindner of Gardner died in the Morris Emergency Room from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Callahan states this is only a preliminary release and an investigation is ongoing by the Sheriff’s Department and his office.   An examination in scheduled to take place late Monday.  Coroner Callahan states there is very little information to release at this time from his office, other than there was some type of domestic altercation between boyfriend and girlfriend and then at some point a gun came into play.  There appear to be witness to this tragedy but again, it is still under investigation.

 

 

October 11, 2015 - Name Released of Pedestrian vs Car

Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan has released the name of the pedestrian struck and killed earlier today.   24 year old Matthew Scott Miller of Midlothian was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Callahan.  Callahan was assisted in the notification by Midlothian Police.

Coroner Callahan states the incident remains under investigation by the Coroner’s office and the Illinois State Police.

October 11, 2015 -Pedestrian vs. Car on I-55

Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan is investigating a death of a pedestrian vs car on I 55 near the 221 mile post. (mile north of Rt 47 and I 55 interchange.) This incident occurred shortly after midnight.
Preliminary investigation indicates a male subject was walking along I 55 and jumping in front of the oncoming traffic in the northbound lanes.  At least one witness stated he swerved and missed the subject and also called authorities, however within minutes other vehicles were north bound as well and were not able to avoid striking the pedestrian.   Witnesses stated the pedestrian was struck more than once and the evidence in the early stage of the investigation supports that statement.

Coroner Callahan pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene at 0115 Sunday morning 10/11/15

The name of the individual is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.  Coroner Callahan states the incident remains under investigation by the Coroner’s office and the Illinois State Police.

September 9, 2015 - Recent Heroin Deaths

Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan has released an update on recent deaths within the county that concern heroin.

Coroner Callahan states that in the past 45 days, there have been three heroin overdoses.  These death investigations are time consuming and the actual cause of death is not known or confirmed for two to three weeks after the death.  During this two to three week period, there are many aspects of death investigation taking place.   All of the results of this investigation go hand in hand with the final toxicology results which is then confirmed with the actual autopsy findings.

“ Coroner Callahan confirms, heroin is a problem in the community”   Expense and accessibility is partially the reason for this increase.  At the conclusion of these investigation, all of the reports are forwarded to the appropriate police agency and the States Attorney.

Coroner Callahan states his office will continue to be proactive in the awareness of drugs programs across the county.

August 25, 2015 - Name of Truck Driver Killed Released

 

Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan has released the name of the truck driver killed in the crash on I-55 late Monday evening.  Notification has been made to his family.  Callahan stated the deceased is David Lee Conway 37 of Warrenton, MO.  He was a driver for 5 Star Logistics.

Coroner Callahan states an examination will take place Tuesday.

The Illinois State Police reconstruction division along with Callahan’s office continue to investigate.

August 24, 2015 - Accident Involving Two Tractor Trailers on I-55

 

Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan’s office along with Illinois State Police are investigating a traffic crash that occurred on I 55 near the 230 mile post.   This occurred shortly after 8:00pm on Monday evening. The crash claimed the life of a truck driver and his name is not being released pending notification of next of kin.

Coroner Callahan stated preliminary investigation indicate two tractor trailer units were southbound on I 55 when the incident occurred.  One unit overturned and remained in the southbound lanes.  The other unit’s tractor came apart and the driver was ejected while still seat belted in.  The remaining part of his tractor trailer continued into the west ditch. The driver was found in his seat among the wreckage on I 55 and was pronounced dead by Coroner Callahan at 8:55 pm.  Both units caught fire and burned.

The Illinois State Police reconstruction division along with Callahan’s office continue to investigate.

 

July 26, 2015 - Motorcycle Accident

Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan’s office along with Grundy County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a motorcycle crash Sunday evening that claimed the life of a Godley man.

Coroner Callahan stated preliminary investigation indicates 51 year old Kimberly Charles Hysel of Godley was northbound on Rt. 53 just south of Gardner when he lost control of his motorcycle and veered into the ditch.  As he entered the ditch, he was ejected from the motorcycle.  Mr. Hysel was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:05 pm by Coroner Callahan.

The crash remains under investigation by the Coroner’s Office, Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police Reconstruction Team.

July 16, 2015 - Fatal on I-80

Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan’s office along with Illinois State Police are investigating a death of a rural Marseilles lady. The incident occurred Wednesday evening around 9:00 pm at the overpass of I-80 on North 30th Road in LaSalle County.

Pronounced dead in the Morris ER was 74 year old Mary Osmond of rural Marseilles. Callahan states preliminary investigation indicates Mrs. Osmond parked her car on the overpass and then was found on the interstate in the eastbound lane of traffic.

Coroner Callahan states this appears to be a very tragic incident where Mrs. Osmond took her own life.

This incident remains under investigation at this time by the Illinois State Police and the Coroner Callahan’s office.

 

July 15, 2015 - Fatal Pedestrian Accident

 

Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan’s office along with Morris Police Department is investigating a pedestrian vs train incident that occurred shortly after 10:00 am Wednesday at the Liberty Street Crossing.

Coroner Callahan states a preliminary investigation indicates a young man was walking westbound on the track in the Liberty Street Crossing. Evidence indicates the young man was wearing headphones wired into his phone. According to the engineer, he stated the horn was sounded but the young man never turned around. Pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Callahan was Zachary Leo Johnston, age 20 of Morris.

An examination will take place tomorrow morning.

This incident remains under investigation at this time by the Morris Police Department and the Coroner Callahan’s office.

 

July 13, 2015 - Traffic Accident on I-80

Grundy County Coroner’s Office
John W. Callahan, Coroner
1320 Union St.
Morris, IL 60450
Phone – 815-942-3792
Fax – 815-941-3355
Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan’s office is investigating a traffic crash that claimed the life of a 78 year old man from Plainfield. The incident occurred shortly before 4:00pm on I-80 at the 115.5 mile post on Friday afternoon July 10, 2015.

Coroner Callahan states a preliminary investigation indicates a pickup truck driven by Herman J. Fritz was westbound on the Brisbon Road Approach to I-80 westbound when his vehicle slammed into the backend of a parked semi tractor-trailer. The tractor trailer was on the shoulder of the approach near the entrance to the interstate, with triangle warnings in place on the highway. Mr. Fritz was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner John W. Callahan at 4:10 pm.

An examination will take place this morning.

This incident remains under investigation at this time by the Illinois State Police and the Coroner Callahan’s office.

July 8, 2015 - Drug Related Loss and Grief Counseling

Kathy Cherven RN, LCPC
Loss & Grief Counseling
815-416-9036 griefrollercoaster.com

I am a grief counselor and have worked for HEROs (heroin epidemic relief organization) for 3 years. I have learned much from the parents who attend the group and would like to provide that support to families in the area.

The grief associated with addiction is complex, starting with finding out about the addiction and its effect on family and friends. Also, families feel isolated due to the “stigma” associated with addiction and are resistant to attend other groups.

This group will provide an emotionally safe place where stories can be shared and connections made with others who understand.

If interested, please contact me at 815-416-9036 or email me at kathycherven@gmail.com.

You don’t have to grieve alone. Support is available. Please contact me!

Kathy

June 29, 2015 - Traffic Accident on Rt 47

Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan’s office is investigating a traffic crash that claimed the life of a 58 year old Morris man early Monday morning. The incident occurred on Rt 47 south of Spring Road around 5:00am. Pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Callahan was Jerome “Jerry” Burns.

Preliminary investigation indicates Mr. Burns was southbound on Rt. 47, crossed the center line and struck a northbound semi-tractor trailer. Mr. Burns was ejected from his pick-up truck.

This incident remains under investigation at this time by both agencies.

June 28, 2015 - Investigating Accident on I-80

Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan’s office is investigating the death of a 66 year old Chicago women involved in a multi vehicle crash on I-80 early Sunday morning. The crash occurred in the vicinity of the Morris interchange.

Coroner Callahan stated the Linda Baines of Chicago was traveling eastbound on I 80 when the crash occurred. Mrs. Baines was transported the Morris Emergency Room where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. (1353 hrs.)

Callahan states the crash is under investigation by Illinois State Police

This incident remains under investigation at this time by both agencies.

June 21, 2014 - Name Release

The Grundy County Coroner John Callahan has released the name of the subject that died in the motor vehicle crash in Grundy County late Sunday evening as James M. Harris III.

The crash remains under investigation by Callahan’s office and the Grundy County Sheriff’s Dept. The Morris Fire and EMS assisted at the crash scene.

June 20, 2014 - Crash Investigation

The Grundy County Coroner John Callahan is investigating a crash that claimed the life of a 22 year old man late Sunday evening.

The crash occurred on Route 6 about a 1/2 mile west of Gun Club Road. An SUV was traveling eastbound on Rt. 6 when the driver lost control of the unit. The vehicle left the roadway into the south ditch where it rolled several times. At some point, three peole were ejected from the vehicle and one remained inside the vehicle. One of the individuals ejected was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Callahan shortly after midnight. (0015)

Callahan states the name is being withheld until positive identification is made and notification is made to the family.

The crash remains under investigation by Callahan’s office and the Grundy County Sheriff’s Dept. The Morris Fire and EMS assisted at the crash scene.

June 15, 2014 - Drowning

The Grundy County Coroner John Callahan’s office is investigating an apparent drowning that occurred Sunday afternoon in Morris. The incident occurred in an above ground swimming pool and claimed the life of a 3 year old child.

Callahan states the preliminary reports indicate Liam Vaughn age 3 was at a family member’s home in Morris with his parents Mark and Ashley Vaughn. There were many family members in the back yard and several children in the pool midday Sunday. It appears Ashley (mom) went inside the home to check on another child and Mark (father) was standing on a deck near the pool. Liam had gotten out of the pool and had taken his water floats off his arms so he could eat. In just brief moment, Liam apparently jumped back into the pool without the floats. Within a moment, Dad realized Liam was not by the food and then saw his son face down in the pool.
Mark jumped in and retrieved his son, he and his wife immediately began CPR. 911 call placed and Liam was transported to Morris Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after 4:00 pm.
The Grundy County Coroner’s Office along with Morris Police is investigating the drowning. Examination will take place Sunday evening.

June 14, 2014 - Motorcycle Crash

The Grundy County Coroner John Callahan’s office is investigating a motorcycle crash that claimed the life of a Mokena man late Saturday afternoon June 14, 2014.

Callahan states the incident occurred on East Route 6 just east of Brisbon Road when a group of motorcycles were east bound on Route 6. A motorcycle near the back of the pack driven by 35 year old Matthew Domzal lost control of his motorcycle and went down on the pavement. Mr. Domzal was not wearing a helmet.

Mr. Domzal was transported to Morris Hospital and pronounced dead on his arrival.

The crash is being recontructed by Grundy County Sheriff Department and further investigation by the Coroner’s Office. An examination will take place Sunday morning.

January 25, 2014 - Traffic Crash Investigation

The Grundy County Coroner John Callahan’s office is investigating a traffic crash that claimed the life of a Mazon man just before eleven am on Saturday January 25, 2014.

The crash occurred on Rt. 47 north of Mazon. Preliminary investigation indicates a car driven by Arvid M. Johnson of Mazon was north bound on Rt. 47 when for unknown reason lost control of his vehicle. Mr. Johnson’s vehicle was struck by a southbound vehicle before coming to a rest. Mr. Johnson was transported to Morris Hospital where he was pronounced dead just before eleven.

Coroner Callahan’s office is investigating the traffic crash death along with Grundy County Sheriff’s Department.

January 23, 2014 - Fatal Crash On I-80

The Grundy County Coroner’s office is investigating a fatal crash that occurred this morning on I-80, westbound near MM 117.
Preliminary investigation indicates Rafal M. Szczepaniak, 26 of Bridgeview, IL was a passenger in a pickup truck traveling westbound on I 80. The pickup Mr. Szczepaniak was riding in struck the back of a parked semi-truck. Coroner Callahan pronounced Mr. Szczepaniak dead at the scene at 0745 hours today’s date.

Callahan’s office is being assisted by the Illinois State Police, Minooka Fire and EMS.

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