Update 6:45 p.m.

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WCIA) — The Macon County Coroner has released the identity of the pedestrian who was found dead on U.S. Route 36 Thursday morning.

Coroner Michael Day identified the victim as Norman D. Nicholas, 59 of Decatur. An autopsy conducted in Bloomington on Thursday confirmed that Nicholas died from multiple blunt force injuries as a result of being struck by a car.

Day added that Nicholas was discovered lying in the grass at the side of Route 36 near Salem School Road by a passerby, who alerted the authorities. Macon County Sheriff’s deputies and EMS personnel responded to the scene, but Nicholas could not be saved and was pronounced dead at 9:14 a.m. on Thursday.

The Illinois State Police were requested to come to the scene and took over the investigation, which remains ongoing.

Update 11:20 a.m.

LONG CREEK, Ill. (WCIA) — Illinois State Police officials have confirmed that Wednesday evening’s crash on U.S. Route 36 was a deadly hit-and-run incident.

The crash involved one pedestrian who state troopers said died from their injuries. The pedestrian strike happened at the intersection of Route 36 and Salem School Road.

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office requested ISP to investigate the at 7 a.m. on Thursday.

US Route 36 was closed for approximately five hours due to the crash. 

The crash is still under investigation and no further information is available at this time.

Route 36 was shut down for five hours but reopened to traffic at 11:16 a.m.

Original article

LONG CREEK, Ill. (WCIA) — Illinois State Police are asking drivers to find an alternate route after a crash involving personal injury occurred on U.S. Route 36. The crash happened around 8:30 this morning near Salem School Road in Long Creek. ISP is closing the route until further notice.