Ottawa man identified as driver of vehicle that plunged into Illinois River

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OTTAWA – An Ottawa man has been identified as the individual who was recovered from the Illinois River at Allen Park on Wednesday. According to the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office, Coroner Richard Ploch identified the man as 20-year-old Tyler D. Carson of Ottawa. Ottawa Police Chief Brent Roalson says, officers attempted to
stop a vehicle in the area of Norris Dr. and Canal St. Police say the vehicle fled from authorities and continued to Allen Park, where it reportedly drove over the bank and straight into the river. The Ottawa Fire Department along with several rescue teams including dive teams were called immediately to assist. The driver and only occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene by the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office.  The incident remains under investigation by the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office, the Ottawa Police Department, and the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office.