Coroner uses dental records to identify man killed in head-on crash

News-DemocratMarch 20, 2014 

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A Bunker Hill man died Wednesday night at the scene of a head-on crash in rural Madison County.

Madison County Coroner investigator Kelsey Wofford pronounced Steve A. Strubelt, 51, dead at 7:52 p.m.

Officials performed an autopsy Thursday morning and identified Strubelt, of 703 W. Wilbur St., using dental records because he was so badly burned in the crash.

The cause of death will be available after officials check for carbon monoxide from smoke inhalation and routine alcohol and drug tests, Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn said in a news release.

According to Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr., the crash involved a semi truck and a 2000 Saturn shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday on Illinois 159, about three-tenths of a mile north of Seiler Road between Bethalto and Bunker Hill.

"Several witnesses prior to the crash said the Saturn was driving fast and all over the roadway," Dye said.

Strubelt was northbound on Illinois 159 in the Saturn, crossed the center line and crashed head-on into the truck, which was driving south.

The International Harvester tractor-trailer is operated by Prairietown Feed Service, according to the coroner's office.

The driver of the truck was not injured, Dye said.

Illinois 159 was closed in both directions for more than six hours while crews cleared the crash scene, Dye said.

Illinois State Police continues to investigate the crash.

The Dorsey Volunteer Fire Department, Alton Memorial Ambulance and Bunker Hill Police also responded to the incident.

Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Home in St. Louis.

Contact reporter Maria Hasenstab at mhasenstab@bnd.com or 618-239-2460.

Contact reporter Jacqueline Lee at jlee@bnd.com or 239-2655. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/BNDBelleville.

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