EDWARDSVILLE — The Madison County Coroner’s Department is investigating the death of a Fosterburg man whose wife apparently backed over him in their driveway.
According to a press release from Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn, Donald L. Smith, 76, suffered an episode of dizziness and the decision had been made to seek medical aid via private vehicle. Smith was last known to be leaning against the exterior wall of the garage while his wife backed a vehicle from the garage. As she backed a Ford Expedition into the driveway, she felt the vehicle roll over something and upon further investigation it was determined to be Smith, believed to have been collapsed into the driveway.
Smith was pronounced dead at 10:35 a.m. March 30 in the Emergency Department of Alton Memorial Hospital.
The Fosterburg Fire Protection District, Alton Memorial Ambulance and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene at 10:03 a.m. in the 2600 block of Jamison Drive.
An autopsy revealed that the decedent died as the result of blunt chest trauma. Significant cardiovascular disease was also noted. Routine toxicological testing for the presence of alcohol and drugs will be conducted. The death remains under investigation by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department as well.
Funeral services are pending through Gent Funeral Home of Alton.