Coroner identifies man who died in Tuesday morning crash

DECATUR - The Macon County Coroner has released the identity of a Decatur man who died in a single-vehicle crash on April 7.

Macon County Coroner Michael Day says Blake Gilliam, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 4:39 a.m.  Authorities say the vehicle that Gilliam was traveling in left the roadway near the intersection of Bearsdale Road and Pershing Road and entered a pond.  The vehicle was partially submerged in the water.

Authorities also say two other individuals who were traveling in the car were able to escape, and that efforts to save Gilliam were unsuccessful.  Day says an autopsy was completed by the McLean County Coroner Wednesday morning, and that the cause of death was drowning.

Day also says a toxicology test is still pending, as is an inquest.  We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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