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Deaths in vehicle wrecks deemed accidental

Deaths in vehicle wrecks deemed accidental

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PONTIAC - The deaths of two men killed in separate vehicle collisions were determined to be accidental this week by a Livingston County coroner's jury.

William Goss, 46 of Ransom, was killed Jan. 27 at the intersection of Illinois 17 and 170, near Blackstone.

Benjamin Stork, 19, of Chatsworth, was killed March. 7 at the intersection of Illinois 47 and Livingston County Road 1000 North, near Forrest.

Goss was killed after his pickup truck, which was northbound on Illinois 170, was hit by a semitrailer truck that was traveling east on Illinois 17. The driver of the semi, James Renken, told police Gross has stopped at the intersection but continued into the intersection in front of the semi.

Renken also told police he had been talking on his cell phone and was going about 10 mph above the speed limit at the time of the crash.

Goss died of multiple blunt force traumas.

Stork was driving a minivan west on 1000 North when he was hit by a car northbound on Illinois 47. He was hit on the driver's side.

Illinois State Police Trooper Monica Blue said the fog on that morning was the worst she has ever seen and made visibility impossible.

She said a witness who was less than 100 feet away from the accident could only hear the collision.

Stork was test-driving the van for his employer, which is based in Forrest.

Stork died of blunt head trauma.

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