UPDATED: Man killed in alcohol-related crash on I-74

UPDATED: Man killed in alcohol-related crash on I-74

ST. JOSEPH — A Minnesota man died from injuries he received in an alcohol-related crash on Interstate 74 Tuesday night.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup identified the man as Frank Patchen, 85, of Isanti, Minn.

Preliminary information from Illinois State Police at Pesotum is that Mr. Patchen was driving his Dodge Dakota pickup truck east about 9:30 p.m. when it was hit from behind by a Toyota Camry, causing both to leave the road.

Mr. Patchen was pronounced dead at 10:55 p.m. at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Police said he was not wearing a seat belt and was driving at a low speed when he was hit. He remained in the truck.

The other driver, Jessica L. Young, 32, of Danville, was taken to Carle Hospital as well and, according to police, was expected to be there a few days. 

Carle officials said they had no information on her. Young was given a notice to appear in court at a later day on preliminary charges driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Assistant Champaign County State's Attorney Steve Ziegler said Wednesday afternoon that his office had not received any police reports about the crash but would review them for possible charges as soon as they get them.

Eastbound traffic was diverted from I-74 while police investigated.


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