A woman was found dead in a wrecked van early Saturday morning near New Athens, according to St. Clair County Deputy Coroner Dennis Nichols.
Kimberly S. Widel, 25, of Sparta, was pronounced dead at 3:45 a.m. Saturday, Nichols said.
The preliminary cause of death was blunt-force trauma.
St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department received a call about 3 a.m. Saturday about a single-vehicle crash at Baldwin Road and Risdon Road near New Athens. The vehicle was on its side in a cornfield, according to police radio transmissions.
Nichols did not know what caused Widel to leave the roadway.
Routine toxicology results were pending as of Saturday.