Chillicothe man identified in fatal ATV crash

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PEORIA COUNTY, Ill. — A 20-year-old Chillicothe man is dead after an ATV rollover incident on Friday evening.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 19900 block of Centerville Rd at approximately 11:40 p.m. The ATV had been operating in a field approximately 200 yards east of Centerville Rd and a half-mile north of Truitt, in rural Peoria County, when it lost control.

The passenger, identified as Brandon M. Buckley, was pronounced dead at the scene, at 1:30 a.m.

Harwood said autopsy results show Buckley suffered multiple blunt force trauma injuries and likely died instantly. Toxicology is pending.

The driver of the vehicle, 28-year-old Michael R. Ladd and also from Chillicothe, was transported from the scene to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said the investigation determined alcohol played a factor in this crash and Ladd was subsequently cited on charges of aggravated DUI/accident/death and reckless operation of an all-terrain vehicle. He was provided a felony citation and a notice to appear on said charges.

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