Carthage man found dead by passerby after Sunday morning traffic crash

Posted: Jan. 27, 2013 3:39 pm Updated: Feb. 17, 2013 4:15 pm

A Carthage man was found dead Sunday morning by a passerby after an overnight crash in Hancock County.

A 2010 Chrysler van driven by Curtis Fleming, 36, was headed north on County Road 1600E, also known as Basco Road, when it left the road at County Road 1200N and entered a ditch on the west side of 1600E. The van became airborne after striking the embankment on the south edge of County Road 1200N, then flipped end over end before coming torest in a field northwest of the intersection.

The Illinois State Police estimated the accident happened at 2:30 a.m. Fleming was discovered four hours later by a passerby. Fleming, the only occupant in the vehicle, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the van.

Trooperswere assisted at the scene by the Hancock County Sheriff's Department and CarthageFire Department.