SILVIS, Ill. (KWQC) - UPDATE: Rock Island Co. Coroner Brian Gustafson says an autopsy was performed on Chuck Austin on Mon., July 10, 2017. The preliminary report shows he died of multiple traumatic chest and back injuries.
Gustafson believes that Austin thought his vehicle was in reverse and when he hit the gas pedal, the vehicle went forward, pinning him under a semi-trailer. The Silvis Police Department is still conducting an investigation.
Funeral arrangements have also been set. According to the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home website, services will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13 at the Rock Island High School Auditorium.
Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home in Rock Island. Private inurnment will be in Chippiannock Cemetery.
A former Rock Island Alderman and longtime volunteer of the John Deere Classic has died following an accident at TPC Deere Run on Friday.
Tournament officials distributed a press release Friday afternoon, announcing that 68-year-old Charles "Chuck" Austin of Rock Island died from injuries he suffered in a "tragic accident" while working at the golf course to help prepare for next week's tournament. They did not release the nature of the accident.
Austin was the Seventh Ward Alderman. His term expired in May.
The release included this statement from Tournament Director Clair Peterson:
“Chuck was a very special member of our volunteer force. On behalf of Chuck’s 1,750 fellow volunteers, title sponsor John Deere, the tournament staff, the players, and the PGA TOUR, I want to express our deepest sympathies to Chuck’s wife, Ann, and all of his loved ones.”
The Silvis Police Department is still investigating this incident. Neither they nor the tournament officials are releasing any additional details at this time.