DWIGHT – The body of the driver of a car reported submerged in water at 8 a.m. Tuesday on Campus Road, one mile south of Route 17 in rural Dwight, was found Wednesday morning.
Shawn Beaupre, a 49-year-old man from Bourbonnais, was pronounced dead by the Livingston County coroner at 11:01 a.m. Wednesday, according to Dwight Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Justin Dyer, whose agency was among those that responded to the incident. Beaupre was a Pontiac Correctional Center correctional officer and is survived by his wife and children.
Livingston County agencies joined a group of about 30 volunteers – comprised of Beaupre’s family, friends and fellow correctional officers – in a coordinated effort, and Beaupre was found a half-mile downstream of the incident site, Dyer said.
“We’re assuming the vehicle hydroplaned or became submerged in water,” Dyer said. “It appears he was then overcome by the current.”
While the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a full investigation, Dyer said it appeared to agencies at the site that Beaupre escaped the vehicle and attempted to make it out of the water. Keys were not found in the vehicle and the driver’s side window was down, Dyer said, indicating Beaupre likely decided to leave the car.