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     May 22, 2020      #55-143 KDJ

Authorities ID body found in car that crashed into

By Jeff Bonty

KANKAKEE — A car that went into the Kankakee River this morning was recovered with the body of a man inside shortly after 4:30 p.m.

Kankakee County Chief Deputy Coroner Eric Cavender identified the man as Nasir A. Douglas, 20, of Bradley. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

This morning at 9 a.m. emergency personnel from multiple agencies started searching the river at the Schuyler Avenue bridge after the car crashed into the river.

According to scanner traffic, the car was apparently involved in a hit and run on South Greenwood Avenue.

The driver fled and was traveling south on South Indiana Avenue traveling at approximately 80 mph when a tire blew.

The car continued southbound going through the intersection at Indiana and River Street before crashing through the barrier where Indiana ends.

There was a report that a man was able to get out of the car and was seen floating down the river.

It appears the same man was in Bourbonnais at David Bruce Toyota Cadillac at 8:15 a.m. this morning.

Bourbonnais Deputy Police Chief Dave Anderson said officers responded after employees called about a man knocking on windows.

The man told the officers he was there to test drive a car. He was told he had to come back Friday.

Anderson said the man was apologetic and he appeared anxious.

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