Accident in Piper City, Illinois, Kills Cullom Man

Accident in Piper City, Illinois, Kills Cullom ManA car accident in Piper City, Illinois, killed Lee Delp, a resident of the nearby town of Cullum, on the evening of Monday, August 15. The death was confirmed in a statement by Douglas O. Wallace, Ford County Coroner, according to the Pontiac Daily Leader.

The news source reports that Wallace's statement outlined the events of the accident. Allegedly, the single-car crash took place at approximately 7:20 p.m., around the intersection of Ford County roads 2500 North and 1300 East.

According to the coroner, Delp had allegedly driven his vehicle off of the road, eventually striking a tree. Two young children, one 9-year-old boy and one 8-year-old girl, had been riding in the back seat.

Delp suffered a number of blunt-force injuries, and was pronounced dead at the scene by investigating officials. The two children were also injured, but alive, according to the news source, and were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Their names were not given to the news provider, and reports of their conditions were unavailable as of August 17.

Investigation into the crash is still ongoing. An autopsy formally establishing Delp's cause of death took place on Tuesday, August 16, although the results of a toxicology report ordered by the coroner were not yet available.

According to the news source, the accident inquiry is being primarily handled by the office of County Coroner Wallace and the Ford County Sheriff's Police. Additional assistance was being provided by the Livingston County Sheriff's office, as well as the Southeast Livingston County Ambulance Service.

As of August 17, 2011, 540 deaths have resulted from a total of 489 fatal crashes in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Among these fatal crashes, a total of 108 of them have been directly or indirectly tied to alcohol abuse while driving.