Coroner says bicyclist died from traumatic brain injury
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said a bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle early on New Year's Day in Champaign died from complications from a traumatic brain injury he received during the crash.
Northrup said that Peter Lewis, 39, of Champaign, was riding a bicycle north on Country Fair Drive about 2:40 a.m. Sunday when he was struck by a vehicle.
Champaign police said that Toccara Steele, 29, of Urbana,was driving a Buick Rendezvous south and had stopped at the Springfield Avenue intersection. When the traffic light changed, police said, Steele drove straight and hit Mr. Lewis' bicycle on the driver's side of her vehicle. The woman stopped and tried to help Mr. Lewis.
Mr. Lewis was taken to the Carle Foundation Hospital emergency room in Urbana, where Northrup pronounced him dead at 7:02 a.m. from complications from a traumatic brain injury he received during the crash.
Northrup said no autopsy will be performed. He said the result of toxicology tests are still pending.
The incident is being investigated by Northrup's office and the Champaign Police Department.
Northrup said an inquest may be held at a later date.
According to police, Steele said she did not see the bicyclist. Mr. Lewis was wearing reflective material, but he did not have a light on his bicycle.
Mr. Lewis' obituary appears on page B-3.