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Coroner’s report: Driver suffered from heart condition before fatal crash

Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:23 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:50 p.m. CDT

BLACKBERRY TOWNSHIP – A 68-year-old Kaneville Township man suffered from a heart condition seconds before he was involved in a fatal crash that took place in April in Blackberry Township.

According to the report from the Kane County Coroner's Office, Burton Brown suffered from a ruptured dissecting aortic aneurysm, which – according to www.mayoclinic.org – is "a serious condition in which a tear develops in the inner layer of the aorta."

According to the website, "blood surges through this tear into the middle of the aorta, causing the inner and middle layers to separate (dissect). If the blood-filled channel ruptures through the outside aortic wall, aortic dissection is often fatal."

Brown was driving in a 2002 Toyota Camry, heading east on Keslinger Road, near the intersection of Harley Road, when the crash took place about 7:30 a.m. April 28, according to a news release from the Kane County Sheriff's Office.

According to a Sheriff's Office report, the driver of a white van was turning out of the MA Center entrance and was heading west on Keslinger when he observed Brown's car "beginning to partially cross the yellow center line once or twice." The van's driver attempted to avoid a head-on collision by swerving to the south, but he was unable to do so in time, the report stated.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, the report indicated. No tickets were issued in the crash.

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