LERNA — A Charleston man died from injuries suffered when his motorcycle hit a deer Monday afternoon.
Joseph Stewart, 43, collided with the deer on County Road 300N, the east-west Lerna Road, about 2 miles east of the village at approximately 2 p.m. Monday, reported a news release from the Coles County Sheriff's Office.
The release said Stewart was eastbound when the deer ran into his path, causing the collision and ejecting him from the motorcycle.
It said a medical helicopter responded to the scene and Stewart was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, but he later died because of his injuries.
12 photos of Charleston locations from our archives
1971: Yearly production estimates for the new Celotex Corp. plant north of Charleston is about 130 million square feet of insulation boards.
1978: Osco Drug and Eisner food store soon to open at Charleston Plaza Shopping Center. The two stores will occupy 40,000 square feet in the center. A 2,000 square foot Radio Shack store is already open. Another 2,000 square foot store will be occupied by the Book Emporium to open later this year. A total of 9,000 square feet remains to be leased in the center.
Coles County National Bank
1992: Coles County National Bank declared insolvent and sold to the Eagle Bank and Trust Co. The Missouri based trust company owns banks in three other Illinois towns, Sparta, Nashville and Highland.
1986: Downtown Charleston has been designated as part of that city's tax increment financing district within so-called blighted areas of their cities.
Eastern Illinois Artist's Guild
1941: A permanent exhibit of Paul Turner Sargent's work has been opened by the Eastern Illinois Artists' Guild at 809 Jack St. built in 1831 by Dr. Aaron Ferguson it is said to be the oldest house in Charleston.
1986: Pat Kaiser plans to open his nine-hole golf course by Memorial Day weekend if Mother nature would cooperate.
1931: The Jefferies building was gutted by fire late Tuesday night. On left is the Winters' clothing store store with the Charleston Hotel office next on the north, than a vacant room recently vacated by the Huckleberry jewelry store, wit the Rogers drug store on the corner.
1988: At Mother's in Charleston grandmother winks at the patrons who come to wet their whistle. Mothers is a tavern which is known to just about every Eastern Illinois University student.
North Park house after renovation
1986: Jean Carpenter on porch of house after renovations.
North Park house before renovation
1986: Jean Carpenter of Charleston has received a grant to repair her home. A $350,000 grant from Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs will be used to renovate about 40 homes in the North Park neighborhood.
1980: Charleston square.
Wilb Walker Supermarket
1988: Dyalene Haworth shows the ease of using E-Z Shopper grocery cart at Wilb Walker Supermarket.
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