Ford County Coroner says Inmate Deat...

Ford County Coroner says Inmate Death Was Accident ISP still investigating

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Since: Oct 12

Westville, IL

#1 Oct 9, 2012

Westville, IL

#2 Oct 29, 2012

Triangular, mobile, and protected by a complex system of surrounding muscles, the shoulder blade (scapula) is rarely broken. Scapula fractures represent less than 1% of all broken bones.

High-energy, blunt trauma, such as that experienced in a motorcycle or motor vehicle collision or falling from significant height, can fracture the scapula and cause other major injuries, including broken ribs or damage to the head, lungs, or spinal cord.

Westville, IL

#3 Dec 13, 2012
Why would coroner have autopsy done 60 miles away. These small towns I am sure could have pathologist travel so as to not distiub evidence. Champaign is much closer than is KANKAKEE
whocanbeleivethi sBS

Westville, IL

#4 Apr 5, 2013
He was 30 years old. Suposedly fell off a table. What was height of table? Very hard to beleive a fall from a table for a 30 year old would cause this fracture and lead to death. I would think maybe if it was a older individual maybe 60-100 years old.

Westville, IL

#5 May 25, 2013

Westville, IL

#6 May 25, 2013


HOOPESTON -- A father is trying to get justice for his deceased son. 30-year old Richard Gonzalez died in the Ford County Jail last year. The coroner ruled it an accidental death, but his family says it was no accident. They filed a lawsuit against the county, sheriff and unknown employees at the jail. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley has more.

The family says Gonzalez was sick. Their lawyer says he suffered a serious medical condition days before he died and didn't get the medicine he needed. The lawyer says Gonzalez was locked in a padded cell with no help where he was pronounced dead a week later.

A lawsuit, filed Thursday, on the year anniversary of his death, alleges the wrong-doing wasn't just one incident. They say he had serious medical and mental health needs which were ignored and that jail employees manipulated evidence to cover up the real cause of death.

Gonzalez was sentenced to four years in the Ford County Jail for stealing $3,000 from a Paxton bank through ATM fraud. The sheriff facing the lawsuit says he feels great sympathy for the Gonzalez family, but his death was not the fault of anyone at the jail and he's certain that will be the decision of the court.

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