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Authorities release identity of 23-year-old man who died in Zion crash

One person was killed after a single-vehicle crash at Lewis Avenue and 23rd Street in Zion Thursday morning. | Provided photo.

The coroner has identified a 23-year-old Waukegan man who died after his vehicle drove off the road and struck a tree in Zion Thursday morning.

An autopsy showed Roderick Eastman, 23, of Waukegan, died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries due to a vehicle crash, according to Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper. Toxicology results are pending.

The Zion Police Department and Zion Fire Rescue Department responded around 1:11 a.m. Thursday to 23rd Street and Lewis Avenue for a vehicle crash with injuries.

The Zion Police Department said that a Ford sedan was traveling northbound on Lewis Avenue when it crossed over the southbound lanes for an unknown reason and left the roadway.

Police said that the vehicle, driven by Eastman, went into the ditch and came to a rest after striking a tree. Eastman, who was the sole occupant, was trapped in his vehicle.

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A medical helicopter was initially asked to respond but was later called off. Firefighters extricated the man from his car and paramedics transported him by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

Eastman was later pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

“We have been in close contact with Mr. Eastman’s family and our deepest condolences go out to them during this difficult time. This is truly a tragedy,” Cooper said.

The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Coroner’s Office, Zion Police Department and Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT).


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