UPDATE: (5:14 p.m.) — The Peoria County Coroner’s office has identified the person who was killed in a hit-and-run incident early Monday.

Coroner Jamie Harwood said 28-year-old Akeem Alexander, who lived on West Ann Street, suffered “multiple detrimental and unsurvivable blunt-force trauma injuries” and died instantly.

Illinois state law requires toxicology tests on people who are involved in traffic collisions.. Those results are pending, he added.

The matter, he said, remains under investigation by the Peoria Police Department, he said.


PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A bicycle rider is dead after an early morning hit-and-run crash Monday in South Peoria, Peoria police reported.

Officers responded to the 1900 block of West Howett Street just after 3:30 a.m. on a report of a person struck by a vehicle. When they arrived, they found man in the intersection of Howett and South Western Avenue.

He appeared to have severe injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, said Semone Roth of the Peoria Police Department.

Roth said the victim’s age has not yet been released.

The suspect’s vehicle fled the scene, and was located a short time later unoccupied in the 2100 block of West Antoinette Street, she said. It had “serious damage to the front end,” she said.

Officers with the assistance of a police dog conducted a search of the area with negative results.

This incident is under investigation, Roth said.