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Normal man dies in single-vehicle crash in Towanda

A 72-year-old man from Normal died Saturday night when his sport utility vehicle struck a tree in Towanda.

According to McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder, Timothy Jobe suffered multiple blunt injuries to his chest after his vehicle left the roadway shortly before 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of U.S. Route 66 and N. 1900 East Road.

Yoder said an autopsy showed Jobe had heart disease and revealed evidence of both recent and older heart attacks, as well as previous cardiac surgery. She said that explains “sudden unresponsiveness” as the driver made no attempt to avoid the collision after passing through the intersection.

Yoder said toxicology tests are pending and the incident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police and the coroner’s office.

Joe Deacon is a reporter at WCBU.