Identity of man involved in fatal crash released

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 MACON COUNTY - Macon County authorities are releasing the name of a Shelbyville man who died in a one-vehicle crash on January 12.

Macon County Coroner Michael Day says Cleveland Johnson, 73, was found dead after Johnson's vehicle left the roadway, entered a ditch, and struck a bridge support over Lake Fork Creek.  Upon impact, the vehicle flipped and overturned into approximately six to seven feet of water.  Authorities say an autopsy found that Johnson had died of accidental drowning.

According to authorities, road conditions were poor at the time of recovery, and that efforts were hampered by frigid temperatures, winds, and drifting snow.  The Decatur Fire Department Dive Team, Maroa Fire Department, Hickory Point Fire Department, and Prairieland Towing provided support in recovering Johnson and the vehicle.

This accident is still under investigation by the Macon County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team.  We will continue to provide updates as they become available.
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