Lake Sara Crash Victim Positively Identified as Wirth
Published on February 14 2013 8:28 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp
DNA testing has positively identified the victim of a crash at Lake Sara in mid-January as 35-year-old Joseph Wirth.
Effingham County Coroner Duane Guffey in the days after the crash tentatively identified the victim as Wirth, a resident of the Lake Sara community. DNA testing by the Illinois State Police Crime Lab positively identified Wirth as the victim.
The crash occurred between 1am and 1:30am on January 20. Wirth's vehicle left North Blue Point Trail, traveled a distance before striking a tree, and burned. The vehicle came to rest in an area where it was not immediately visible to other motorists and residents in the area. Authorities were notified at approximately 9:30am when the burned-out vehicle was finally seen by a passing motorist.
An autopsy had already determined that injuries sustained from the crash caused Wirth's death.
A final autopsy report and toxicology test results are still pending.