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Logan County coroner's inquest determines Clinton man's death accidental

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[April 17, 2009]  A coroner's inquest was held at the Logan County Safety Complex on Tuesday at 5 p.m. This was the case of Gary J. Jenkins, a 65-year-old Clinton man.

RestaurantMr. Jenkins was involved in a two-vehicle collision on Illinois Route 54, about one mile east of Chestnut, on Jan. 28. The accident happened around 5:45 a.m. Jenkins was the driver in a 2000 Buick LaSabre. He was pronounced deceased at the scene at 6:22 a.m. by Logan County Paramedics and Chestnut Fire and Rescue.

The inquest was to determine the cause and manner of death.

Coroner Robert Thomas conducted the inquest with eight jurors present. Illinois State Police Trooper Price, who is an accident reconstruction officer, gave testimony about the crash. Testimony at the inquest revealed that Jenkins was traveling west on Route 54 when he lost control of his vehicle and slid into the oncoming traffic in the eastbound lane. The road was snow-covered at the time of the accident.

Deputy Coroner Jason Southerland gave testimony about the autopsy findings. Jessica H. Bowman, M.D, performed the autopsy, and her findings were that Jenkins' cause of death was "blunt force injury to the body."

The jurors, after deliberation, returned with a verdict of "accidental death" as the manner of death. The jurors' choices by state statute were as follows: accidental, homicide, natural causes, suicide or undetermined.

[Text from file received from the Logan County coroner's office]

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