A Joliet man was stabbed during a domestic dispute and also overdosed on opioids before crashing his car in Rockdale, police said.
The stabbed man, 43-year-old Edward Summers, later died, police said.
Rockdale Police Chief Robert Dykstra said his department received a call a little after noon Saturday about a traffic crash in the 1500 block of Mound Road.
Upon arrival, Rockdale officers found Summers in the car with a woman who was trying to drive the vehicle, Dykstra said.
Rockdale police believed that Summers could have been overdosing, so they administered two doses of Narcan, Dykstra said.
Summers was transported to Amita Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. At the hospital, officials learned he had also been stabbed. Summers was pronounced dead shortly before 1 p.m., according to a news release from the Will County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy showed Summers suffered a single stab wound to the chest, the coroner’s office said.
Dykstra said emergency personnel noticed Summers was bleeding but did not know he had been stabbed. Summers was also reportedly covered in ink. The woman officers questioned did not provide any information about a stabbing but said Summers had been working prior to the incident, he said.
Dykstra said the woman in the car with Summers also told officers she had been following Summers in her own car when he crashed into a pole, probably because of the overdose. She then got out of her car and tried to drive his car to the hospital, he said, but the vehicle was not operable. Witnesses called 911.
Rockdale police notified Joliet officials about the crash shortly after 1 p.m. once they learned the couple had been involved in some sort of domestic dispute that started in the 1100 block of Parkwood Drive in Joliet, according to a news release from Joliet police. Summers lived in the block, according to court records.
Joliet police, who are investigating the death, asked for the public’s help in the news release. Anyone with information should call Detective Don McKinney at 815-724-3020, extension 3385. Tipsters can also contact Will County Crime Stoppers at 800-323-6734 or online at crimestoppersofwillcounty.org if they wish to remain anonymous. Joliet police did not provide any information about possible suspects.
The final cause and manner of Summers’ death will be determined after police, autopsy and toxicology reports are completed.