UPDATE (7:04 p.m.) — The McLean County Coroner Kathleen Yoder has identified the victim of the deadly crash on Rt. 51 Tuesday morning.

According to a press release, 44-year-old Jay C. Fitzgerald of Heyworth, IL. was pronounced dead at the scene.

The autopsy shows that Fitzgerald died from craniocerebral injuries caused during the farm tractor and semi-truck crash. Fitzgerald was the sole occupant of the farm tractor that was ejected upon impact.

Toxicology testing is pending.

This incident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police and the McLean County Coroner’s Office.


MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — An adult man has died after being ejected from his vehicle during a crash on Rt. 51 in McLean County Tuesday morning.

At about 8:45 a.m., a man driving a semi was traveling north on Rt. 51 when he hit a man driving a Red Case farm tractor. The tractor overturned into a ditch, and the man was ejected.

The tractor’s driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Their identity is not known at this time.

Currently, there are no charges for the semi-driver as the investigation is ongoing, according to the Illinois State Police.