A Godfrey man suffered a health emergency Sunday that resulted in a traffic crash on the parking lot of the Farm and Home Supply Store on the Homer Adams Parkway in Alton. The Madison County Coroner reports 61 year old Joseph Michael Welch, Junior, suffered a fatal cardiac event then crashed his car into a tree just after 3pm.
The coroner’s report says Alton Police and Fire personnel administered advanced life support to Welch at the scene and transferred him to Alton Memorial Hospital where he died about an hour later. He suffered only superficial lacerations in the crash and x-rays failed to reveal any significant trauma. The report said Welch had a history of significant and major cardiac disease and had been suffering dizzy spells on Saturday, but it was attributed to the heat. Funeral arrangements are pending in Herrick, Illinois.