Alcohol involved in deadly snowmobile crash

New information tonight on a snowmobile accident that claimed the life of a Coal Valley man.

Illinois DNR conservation police Sgt. Tony Petreikis confirms that alcohol was involved in the crash that killed 32-year old Keith Camfield of Coal Valley on Sunday evening.

Camfield died after flipping his snowmobile while riding alone in dangerously cold temps Sunday night near the intersection of U.S. Route 6 and U.S. Route 150.

Rock Island County coroner Brian Gustafson performed the autopsy today on Camfield, and blood samples will be sent to the state crime lab to determine the blood alcohol level at the time of the crash.

Investigators are uncertain at this time what role the cold weather may have played in Camfield’s death.


An area family is mourning the death of a Coal Valley man who died Monday night after a snowmobile accident.

Local 4 News brought you video last night from the scene of a snowmobile accident near the intersection of U.S. Route 6 and U.S. Route 150 in Coal Valley.

Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson told Local 4 News that 32-year-old Keith Camfield died last night just after 9, about an hour after first responders arrived.

Gustafson said Camfield was riding a snowmobile he had recently purchased.

Camfield was riding alone. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. No word yet what role the dangerously cold weather may have played in Camfield’s death.

The Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are investigating.

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