MADISON COUNTY, Ill. (KMOX) –  The Madison County coroner’s office says a woman apparently drowned after her vehicle overturned into a lake early Saturday.

 49-year-old Catherine Vestal slid out of control on St. James Road and her Jeep Liberty landed upside down in Holiday Shores Lake.

A passerby noticed the vehicle’s wheels sticking up from the water and called police.

Coroner Steve Nonn says an autopsy shows “drowning” as a tentative cause of death.

Routine testing for alcohol and drugs will be performed, but it could take weeks for those results to come back from the state crime lab.


Police have identified a woman killed in a one-car crash in the Metro East over the weekend.

49-year-old Catherine Vestal of rural Hardin was driving on St. James Drive near Holiday Shores Lake in Madison County when her vehicle skidded off the road and overturned into the lake.

A passerby spotted the undercarriage and tires of Vestal’s Jeep sticking up out of the water and called police.

An autopsy and toxicology test will be performed to determine whether alcohol played a role in the fatal crash early Saturday.

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