Toxicology: Driver had been drinking
URBANA — Toxicology tests run on a Tolono man who died in a single-vehicle crash west of Tolono last month reveal he had been drinking.
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Jamie Ping, 21, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.132 percent when he died on Dec. 15. Under Illinois law, a motorist with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent is presumed intoxicated.
Mr. Ping's car was found upside down, partially submerged in water in a drainage ditch alongside County Road 900 E near 750 N west of Tolono about 6:30 a.m. that day. An autopsy revealed he drowned.
Northrup and Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Ed Ogle said deputies learned that Mr. Ping had been at a bowling alley and a bar the night before the crash that claimed his life.
The volunteer Tolono firefighter was alone in the car at the time it left the road. Northrup said it's not known how long he may have been there. He was wearing a seat belt.