The Madison County Coroner's Office has determined that a motorcyclist found dead in Granite City earlier this year was also drunk at the time of his death. According to a report issued Friday, 43-year old Travis D. Mayes of Granite City had a blood alcohol level of .171, more than twice the legal limit when he was found beside his motorcycle on May 18th. The cause of death has been ruled a gunshot wound to the head. The case was investigated by the Illinois State Police.
The coroner's office also reports that drugs were present in two accidental deaths earlier this year. 42-year old Frances M. Ragan was found in the cab of a U-Haul van in the parking lot of a South Roxana Dollar General February 8th. The coroner says Ragan died of hypothermia due to exposure to environmental cold temperatures. However, drugs were deemed to be a factor in her death as a toxicology screening revealed acute intoxication with methadone, methamphetamine and citalopram in her system. The South Roxana Police Department also investigated this case.
In another case, 65-year old Henry E. Whitford of Granite City died as a result of acute hydrocodone intoxication according to the coroner's office. Whitford was found dead at his residence on June 18th. At the time of death, he had hydrocodone and marijuana in his system, but alcohol testing was negative. The case was also investigated by the Granite City Police Department.