Tazewell County Crash Victim Identified

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The victim of a single-vehicle crash in Tazewell County Thursday apparently suffered a medical event.

The Peoria County coroner says Ronald Bauer, 82, of East Peoria was the driver of a car that left the roadway on Route 116 and Ten Mile Creek Road, colliding with a nearby building at 5509 North Main Street in East Peoria. The crash also severed a natural gas line entering the building.

Bauer was later pronounced dead at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

An autopsy performed Friday indicated a medical event suffered by Bauer was the cause of his death and the accident. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says while toxicology tests are pending, they will not likely change the cause of the accident.

Bauer’s is the second fatal accident in the area within a week as a result of a driver apparently suffering a medical event.

William Booker, Sr., 66, of Peoria was the victim of a fatal crash in Peoria’s North Valley April 15.

Booker was driving a pickup truck that was traveling eastbound on Abingdon Street, crossed Adams and left the roadway colliding with two flat-bed trailers before bursting into flames.

Harwood said Booker had an assorted medical history and it’s likely one of his conditions caused the accident.