Arizona man identified as crash victim

Arizona man identified as crash victim

URBANA — Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup has identified the man who died in a two-vehicle crash Saturday on Interstate 74 in Urbana.

Northrup said that Mark Ashabranner, 66, of Mesa, Ariz., was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

According to state police, Mr. Ashabranner was riding a motorcycle when he entered I-74 eastbound at the University Avenue interchange without enough clearance in front of an eastbound van driven by James Hartman, 66, of Savoy.

Hartman braked but was unable to avoid hitting Mr. Ashabranner, who state police said was not wearing a helmet.

According to Northrup, Mr. Ashabranner died from blunt-force injuries resulting from the crash.

There will be no autopsy, and Northrup said toxicology tests are pending.

An inquest may be held at a later date.

The crash is being investigated by the state police and the Champaign County coroner’s office.

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LeslieM wrote on October 02, 2013 at 12:10 pm

What I am confused about here is how was he getting on the eastbound lane when the crash happened right at the exit at university. The eastbound lane to get on at the university ave is on the other side of the overpass. There is no exit lane there so was he  going to get off and changed his mind and even then there isn't that much room for someone to make a decision that quick. It is completely confusing.