An autopsy was scheduled for today (Mon) as Iroquois County authorities look into the death of a 51-year-old Michigan man killed Saturday night on I-57.
Charles Clay Jr. of Battle Creek (MI) was pronounced dead at the scene after he was hit by a passing semi. It happened near the Chebanse exit, according to Iroquois County Coroner Bill Cheatum.
Cheatum said Clay had exited his own vehicle when it left the interstate while southbound. Clay walked across the southbound lanes of traffic, apparently trying to flag down traffic in the northbound lanes for help. A semi driver told state police he didn't see the victim until it was too late.
East Central Illinois spared major damage from Friday night storms
There was a lot of sound and fury with storms that blew through East Central Illinois late Friday night but apparently little property damage.
High winds and heavy rain that rocked the Springfield area around 8:30 p.m. appeared to have weakened as storms worked their way north and east.
Emergency Management Agency directors in Iroquois, Ford, Piatt, Champaign, Douglas and Vermilion counties report no significant damage other than branches down. There was a church fire in Danville early Saturday that may have been caused by a lightning strike.
Champaign County sheriff's police reported a car hydroplaned off a county road north of Champaign at 10:45 p.m. and ended up in a ditch but the driver was not injured.
"We skated," said Douglas County EMA Director Joe Victor, who said he's not gotten any calls about flooding in the usually vulnerable areas of his county like Villa Grove.
Vermilion County EMA Director Ted Fisher reported a couple of downed trees by Hoopeston and said a firefighter in Rankin reported 1-inch hail between 11 p.m. and midnight.
Some of the low-lying roads in Iroquois County, near Milford and Watseka, had water across them. But no serious flooding was reported.
Sugar Creek at Milford and the Iroquois River in both Illinois and Indiana are being monitored. Advisories are likely thru the latter part of the week.
Ford County Sheriff's police sued over inmate’s death
The family of a Hoopeston man who died inside the Ford County Jail last year is suing the Ford County Sheriff's department. The suit alleges Richard Gonzales was put in solitary confinement and denied medical care.
Arthur Gonzalez, the father of Richard Gonzalez, filed the suit in federal court in Urbana claiming correctional officers in Ford County neglected his son's serious shoulder injury.
Gonzalez reportedly died of cardiac arrhythmia while awaiting transfer to a state prison. He was being held for stealing $3,000 from a Paxton ATM.
The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount of money.
It’s one of the area’s leaders in promoting a clean environment. And officials at River Valley Recycling are geared up for their grand opening. River Valley Recycling is announcing the opening of its location at 550 Hobbie Avenue in Kankakee. The company now has three (3) locations, including the new Hobbie Avenue site and at South tech drive in Kankakee and also Route 24 (between Watseka and Crescent City) in Iroquois County.
River Valley Recycling owner Kyle Bruno says Hours at the 3 locations are Monday thru Friday 8 – 4:30 and Saturday 8 – 12:30.
Bruno says River Valley Recycling is excited about its new location following a fire in 2011.