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Police: Cause of fatal car crash in Homer Glen not yet determined

No witnesses saw the car crash in Homer Glen, the sheriff’s office said

Will County Sheriff’s deputies have not yet determined how a Lockport man’s car left the roadway in Homer Glen and crashed into a tree.

Will County Sheriff spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said in an email there were no witnesses who saw what happened to Anthony Kladis, 53, when his 2004 Jeep Liberty left the roadway near the intersection of South Lemont Road and West 138th Street, and proceeded to crash into a tree in a heavily wooded area.

Kladis was pronounced dead at 3:40 p.m. Saturday at the Silver Cross Hospital emergency room in New Lenox, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.

Preliminary results from an autopsy performed Sunday revealed that Kladis suffered multiple injuries because of an “automobile mishap,” according to coroner’s office.

The final cause and manner of Kladis’ death will be determined at a later date pending the outcome of police, autopsy and toxicology reports, according to coroner’s office.

Hoffmeyer said Kladis was unconscious at the scene and that his car had left the roadway and came to a rest after striking a tree.

His car was nose down against the tree in a ditch, she said.

“No one knows the cause of the crash. No witnesses,” Hoffmeyer said.

Northwest Homer Fire Protection paramedics were already on the scene extricating Kladis from his car when deputies arrived, she said.

Hoffmeyer said the crash remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

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