December 1 – A 21-year-old Decatur man who died after his SUV became submerged in Lake Decatur after a Friday crash has been identified as Dillion Astramsky.
Macon County Coroner Michael Day identified Astramsky as the victim in a media release Saturday. He suffered head and neck trauma as well as hypothermia and asphyxia.
At approximately 7:52 PM Friday evening, Decatur Police Department Officers responded to a traffic crash that occurred near the intersection of North Country Club Road and East Cantrell Street.
Upon arriving officers discovered that a mid-size SUV had left the roadway to the south into a grassy area surrounding the lake. The SUV then continued its path and ultimately overturned and became submerged in Lake Decatur. Officers discovered that three individuals were trapped in the overturned and submerged vehicle.
With combined rescue efforts of multiple agencies, all three individuals were extricated from the vehicle. All three were transported by Decatur Ambulance to local hospitals. Astramsky was identified as the driver and there were two children ages 8 and 11 that were back seat passengers. Both girls escaped serious injury.
Astramsky sustained life threatening injuries as a result of the crash and later succumbed to his injuries. The children also sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Members of the Fatal Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene, and East bound and West bound traffic was completely shut down in the 3800 block of E. Cantrell for approximately 4½ hours.
Woman dies in afternoon crash: Day also identified a 78-year-old woman who died in a crash earlier Friday afternoon as Barbara Otto of Decatur.
Otto was brought to the Decatur Memorial Hospital emergency room following the two-vehicle collision in the 1000 block of West Harrison. Day said Otto suffered head trauma and may have experienced another medical emergency prior to or during the crash.