The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 5, 2013

Coroner releases accident victim’s name


DANVILLE — A 44-year-old Indianapolis man was killed in a crash Friday night on Interstate 74.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson identified the crash victim Saturday evening as Steven C. Cosand, who was originally from Rantoul but was residing in Indianapolis at the time of his death.

Johnson said Cosand’s cause of death was multiple massive blunt force trauma from the crash. An autopsy was scheduled Saturday afternoon.

The Illinois State Police and the coroner’s office continue to investigation the incident.

The crash, which shut down the interstate, occurred just before 6 p.m. Friday between the Lynch Road and Bowman Avenue exits.

A 2001 Jeep Cherokee driven by Cosand was traveling eastbound near milepost 218 when it entered the median and overturned, according to the Illinois State Police.

The Jeep Cherokee came to rest in the westbound lanes when a semitrailer driven by Eddie T. Bonds, 61, of Gibson City, that was traveling westbound on I-74 struck the Jeep Cherokee, spinning it around, according to police reports.

The Jeep Cherokee came to rest facing north across the I-74 westbound driving lane, police said.

Police said Cosand, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle and killed as a result of the crash.

Johnson pronounced Cosand dead at the scene at 6:23 p.m.

A 2007 Toyota Camry driven by 85-year-old Beverly J. Beehtold of Westville was traveling westbound behind the semitrailer and drove through the debris field in the roadway, which caused damage to her car. Her car came to rest on the westbound left shoulder, police said.

Bonds and Beehtold were not injured.

Medix Ambulance Service, Danville Fire Department, Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department, Tilton Police Department and the Illinois Department of Transportation assisted the Illinois State Police with the crash scene.