Magnet man killed in ATV rollover

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By Vince Luecke

Williams died of blunt-force trauma to his head, chest

MAGNET - A Magnet man found dead along Unison Road in eastern Perry County Sunday died from blunt-force trauma to his head and chest when his all-terrain vehicle rolled over, Indiana conservation officers investigating the accident said.

A son-in-law of the property owner checking on what appeared to be markings leading off the roadway into a cornfield found 40-year-old Eric Williams lying next to his Honda 250. The ATV was lying on its side.

The person who discovered the accident told police he saw tracks leading from the road into the field early Sunday morning while on his way to work. The man thought someone drove into the field the previous night and left.

He passed by the same area that afternoon and followed the tracks and found the ATV and Williams' body next to it.

According to Conservation Officer Nick Berry, Williams left on his ATV around 1 a.m. Sunday, traveling west on Unison Road. Authorities believe Williams was moving at a high rate of speed while negotiating a curve, causing the Honda to roll. An autopsy was conducted Tuesday.

Perry County EMS, the coroner's office and members of the county's rescue squad assisted at the scene. An obituary appears in this edition.