Metro-east authorities aren't sure how a woman found slumped over the wheel of a rental van in a store parking lot actually died.
The Madison County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as 42 year old Frances M. Ragan of East Alton. The coroner's officer reportst that an initial autopsy found no signs of violence or trauma. Further testing, including toxicology tests, will be performed.
An employee of the Dollar General store in the 400 block of Broadway in South Roxana had discovered the woman Saturday morning and called police.
Investigators are asking anyone who spoke to Frances Ragan over the past several days to contact them.
Authorities are identifying an Alton man killed in a crash Monday afternoon as 78 year old Charles Bickett.
Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn says a jeep struck Bickett's Ford Taurus in the driver's side as Bickett attempted to turn left from a restaurant parking lot onto College Avenue in Alton.
Bickett was pronounced dead at the scene about 2 p.m. He died of blunt chest trauma. Nonn says Bickett had been wearing a seat belt.
Toxicology test results are still pending and Illinois State Police continue to investigate the crash.
Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn says 78 year old Richard Gonzales was killed Tuesday afternoon in the driveway of a relative's home in Alton. Crews were called to the home in the 3300 block of Lincoln about 2:30 p.m.
Nonn says Gonzales had apparently tried to exit his car before putting it in park. When the car started rolling, he tried to get back inside to stop it, but was pinned between the open door and a fence.
Rescue crews tried to resuscitate him at the scene, but Gonzales was pronounced dead at the hospital.
His family says they believe the accident happened while he'd been delivering Valentine Day cards to family members, as was his custom on holidays.