EDWARDSVILLE — A Worden man died from an overdose on a prescription painkiller, according to the Madison County Coroner’s Office.
In a press release, Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn said the death of Leslie N. Paul, 51, of the 5500 block of Hoxey Drive, was ruled an accidental death Thursday, Aug. 21.
Paul was pronounced dead at his home at 5:26 p.m. Wednesday, June 11. The cause of death was “combined toxicity with ethanol and fentanyl.” Paul had a past history of substance abuse.
The toxicology analysis indicated a blood alcohol level of .061. Additionally, the drug screen revealed the presence of fentanyl at a lethal level and carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department also investigated the death.
In another case, Nonn said the death of Jacob L. Dey, 20, of the 1100 block of Rodgers Court, Brighton, was ruled an accidental death Monday, Aug. 18.
Dey was pronounced dead at the scene of a collision between his car and a tractor-trailer on Interstate 70 westbound in Marine Township at 2:39 a.m. Wednesday, July 30. The cause of death was “craniocerebral blunt trauma.”
The toxicology screen was negative for drugs and alcohol. Illinois State Police investigated the crash.