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Man who died in crash was celebrating 21st birthday

Funeral services were held today for the man who died after being found on the John Deere Road and Interstate 74 interchange last week.

Police found Romelo Santiago Tovar on an off-ramp in the area early Thursday morning in Moline. 

The 21-year-old was pronounced dead at Unity Point Trinity around 3 a.m.

Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson said Tovar was ejected from his car and died from multiple traumatic injuries. 

The coroner says they believe alcohol was a factor in the single vehicle crash. 

According to the funeral home website, the crash happened on the night of Tovar's 21st birthday.


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