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Elgin man pronounced dead after crash had embolism: coroner

Updated: January 14, 2014 12:30PM

ELGIN — A 79-year-old man pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon following a two-vehicle accident on the city’s west side died from a pulmonary embolism, authorities said Wednesday.

Donald L. Dabbert, of the 2200 block of Country Knoll Lane, had been transported to Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said the crash occurred about 12:05 p.m. near the intersection of Airlite Street and Country Knolls Lane.

A 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by Dabbert was traveling north on Airlite when it left the roadway, struck several street signs and barricades in the parkway, re-entered the roadway, sideswiped a Volkswagen Routan minivan, and then crashed into a parkway tree.

The 39-year-old female driver of the Routan sustained minor leg injuries and was transported to Presence Saint Joseph for treatment.

An autopsy conducted Wednesday by the Kane County Coroner’s Office determined the cause of death to have been a pulmonary embolism, according to police.

The Elgin Police Department Traffic Unit continues to investigate the crash. Anyone with information pertinent to the crash is asked to call 847-289-2661, police said.

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