Coroner: Strong storm knocks down tree limb, Peoria man killed

Nathaniel Peck, 39, of Peoria was struck by a tree limb Sunday after a strong storm and winds hit the area. (Facebook/Peoria Police Department)


By Neil Doyle

PEORIA – A Peoria man died Sunday after a strong storm and winds hit the area.

Authorities said Nathaniel Peck, 39, was struck by a tree limb around 4:30 p.m. in the 4000 block of North Dayton Avenue in Peoria.  Peck was transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and was pronounced dead around 5:30 p.m. by Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood.

Peck’s cause of death was related to severe blunt force head trauma from being struck by the tree limb, according to Harwood.

Peoria police initially responded to the area and found Peck unresponsive on the ground.  Near his body was an approximate 40-foot long tree limb, which appeared to have fallen from a tree and struck Peck.

The coroner said there will be no autopsy and initial toxicology testing was negative.

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