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Bloomington Police: Pedestrian Dies Following DUI Crash

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Police say a Bloomington man has died, three days after he was struck by an alleged drunk driver.

According to a news release from the Bloomington Police Department, 26-year-old Dezel Dotts was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday by McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder.

Preliminary autopsy results show Dotts may have died of brain and spinal injuries after he was hit by the car, BPD said.

The driver, Thomas Hall, 61, of Bloomington, was arrested on two felony DUI counts and one count of failure to report an accident/injury. Hall remains jailed on a $200,000 bond. He would have to post 10%, or $20,000 to be released from custody as he awaits trial.

Police were called to the area of Six Points Road and Juniper Lane around 9:22 p.m. Saturday for a reported accident involving a pedestrian and a westbound pickup truck. Officers said the driver fled the scene and was later found walking near Four Seasons Road and Ross Drive about 11 p.m.

Police said officers and bystanders rendered aid to Dotts and Bloomington fire crews took him to OSF St. Joseph Medical Center.

BPD said the accident remains under investigation.

Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.
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