UPDATE: Man dead in Peoria after apparent hit-and-run Saturday identified

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UPDATE (2:07 p.m.) — On Saturday, Jan. 1, at approximately 5:40 a.m., Peoria County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 7600 block of Plank Road on a male found in the roadway.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood released the identity of the victim.

Caleb Russell Charlson, a 40-year-old male of Joan Ct, Peoria, was pronounced dead at the scene with injuries inconsistent with life.

The autopsy for Charlson is scheduled for the morning of Monday, Jan. 3.

Those with information are asked to contact Detective Dave Zook at (309) 657-7682 or CrimeStoppers at (309) 673-9000.


PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A man is dead after an apparent hit-and-run in Peoria County New Year’s Day.

At approximately 5:40 a.m. the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 7600 block of Plank Road, just a few yards from the Limestone Fire Department, for a report of a man found in the roadway.

The 40-year-old’s injuries were, “consistent with being struck by a vehicle,” according to the department’s press release. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

At this time, there is no suspect vehicle information, but there should be damage to the suspect vehicle.

For that reason, detectives are asking if anyone is aware of a vehicle damaged overnight to call the police immediately.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood encouraged the driver to do the right thing.

“Clearly, when someone impacts a person with their car, they know they’ve hit something. Why no one stopped, I don’t know… Please come forward. There’s a person who passed away from being hit by a car,” he said.

The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, Limestone Fire Department, and AMT responded to the scene. The accident is still under investigation by Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Peoria County Coroner at a later time, pending notifications.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Detective Dave Zook at 309-657-7682 or CrimeStoppers at 309-673-9000.

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