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The name of the victim in a head on crash on Route 16 between Rosamond and Pana Monday night, has been released.

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans tells Regional Radio News that 61-year-old Randal K. McElroy of Nokomis was eastbound at 10:40 Monday night, when police says a 19-year-old from Rosamond was driving westbound on Route 16 when he crossed into the eastbound lane and hit the McElroy vehicle head on.


Winans added McElroy was pronounced dead at the scene.  An autopsy was held Tuesday afternoon and preliminary autopsy results show that McElroy died from multiple blunt force injuries due to motor vehicle collision. 


The 19-year-old admits to being on his phone at the time he crossed over, and police say alcohol is also suspected.

Charges against the 19-year-old are pending.


The investigation is being handled by Illinois State Police Traffic Reconstruction,  Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigations, and Christian County Coroner’s Office.  

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