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Peoria-Area Man Dies from Cold Exposure

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An 82-year-old Marquette Heights man died Tuesday due to cold exposure.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says the man had been dropped off at an area car dealership and then drove himself back home in the morning hours. Harwood says it appears the man fell before he was able to get into his home. He was found on the ground several hours later by a neighbor.

The unidentified man died at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center at 5:41 p.m. Harwood says exposure to severely cold temperatures for even a short amount of time can cause frostbite to exposed skin. Hypothermia can also set in very quickly, especially in children and in the elderly.

Harwood’s urging extreme caution if you must be outdoors right now.

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Tanya Koonce is the News Director at Peoria Public Radio. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Eastern Illinois University, and a M.A. in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield. Tanya started her news career in TV, managed two political campaigns after college, worked in state government and did some state association work before going back to school. Post master’s degree, she’s worked in commercial radio and operated her own freelance agency before taking a reporter position at WCBU in 2001, and becoming news director in 2008. She’s currently serving as the Treasurer of the Illinois News Broadcaster’s Association, lives in Peoria and loves discovering interesting people, places and things.
Kristin McHugh is an experienced radio journalist and nonprofit manager. Most recently, she served as executive director of the Peoria Area World Affairs Council.
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