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CHARLESTON -- One man was cited for driving under the influence after a crash Friday night, and another driver who left the scene was later found dead in a business in Westfield, authorities said Monday.

The cited driver, Ty E. Boyd, 29, needed medical attention after the accident that took place about 10:45 p.m. Friday on Illinois Route 16 just east of Charleston, according to a news release from the Coles County Sheriff's Office.

The driver who left the accident scene was later found dead in Westfield,  Clark County Coroner Jeff Pearce said. Pearce said the death of the man, a Westfield native who was an acquaintance of Boyd, was the result of an apparent suicide at a business that was closed for the night. He said the deceased man was found shortly after 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Pearce said Boyd accidentally caused the accident by striking the rear of the other man's vehicle as he was following this vehicle.

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Police found Boyd's heavily damaged vehicle at the scene and determined he was drinking alcohol before the accident, the news release said. He was taken to an unspecified hospital, police said. Boyd also was cited for improper use of an electronic communications device and for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

The Coles County Sheriff's office received assistance in responding to the accident from Charleston and Eastern Illinois University police, the Charleston Fire Department and Lincoln Fire Protection District, the release said.



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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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