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Coroner: Man trapped under ATV likely suffocated

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 9:58 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — BLOOMINGTON — A 24-year-old Chatsworth man trapped under an overturned all-terrain vehicle apparently died because he could not breathe, according to preliminary autopsy results released Monday.

Lucas A. Stork suffered no fatal, traumatic injuries in the incident, which was reported at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, in a field about five miles south of Arrowsmith near 32591 E. 750 North Road, according to a statement by McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling.

A final determination of the cause of death will be made after forensic toxicology tests are completed.

Emergency personnel found the ATV’s driver, apparently dead, in a ravine. A coroner’s official pronounced him dead at 1 a.m. Sunday, Kimmerling said.

Preliminary evidence indicates Stork and three others left an Arrowsmith home on the ATV about 20 minutes before the crash occurred, she said.

The three other riders were not seriously injured.

Kimmerling said seatbelts were available in the front seat but not used, and speed was not a factor in the crash.

The McLean County Sheriff’s Department is assisting the coroner’s office with the investigation.

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