Coroner: Collinsville man was not wearing seatbelt in fatal crash

News-DemocratJanuary 19, 2014 


A 22-year-old Collinsville man was killed early Saturday when the car he was driving left the roadway and struck a utility pole, authorities said Sunday.

Alex E. Coombs, 22, of the 1300 block of Deerfield Lane, was driving a 2003 Toyota Camry north in the 2200 block of Vandalia Avenue (Illinois 159) in Collinsville when the vehicle left the roadway, according to Madison County Chief Deputy Coroner Roger Smith.

Coombs was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to the coroner's report. Also, the airbags did not deploy, though the primary point of impact to the vehicle was on the driver's side of the car, Smith said.

The crash was reported to 911 at 2:30 a.m. Coombs was pronounced dead at 3:25 a.m. by Madison County Coroner's Supervisory Investigator Deborah von Nida.

"The cause of the death appears to be from multiple systems of trauma," Smith said Sunday.

Routine toxicological testing for the presence of alcohol or drugs remain pending, Smith said.

The Collinsville Police Department and the Metro East Crash Assistance Team, an area-wide multiple law enforcement agency team of vehicle crash reconstructionists, continue to investigate the crash.

Funeral arrangements were pending Sunday.

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