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Dead Man Ticketed by Police

April 23, 2002

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) _ Dead or alive, you can still get a ticket from the Bloomington Police Department.

About two months after Jose Casas-Ruiz, 23, died in a single-car accident, he was ticketed for driving under the influence, having no valid license, improper lane usage and failure to wear a properly adjusted seat belt, said officer Verne Hughart, an accident reconstructionist.

A coroner’s jury in March ruled Casas-Ruiz’s death was accidental but avoidable because he was legally drunk at the time of the Jan. 20 accident.

Although a dead person cannot be prosecuted, the police department requires that the tickets be written, said Sgt. Michael King, who heads Bloomington’s traffic division.

``They are just held into evidence in case it ever goes into a civil trial. It’s nothing intended to be mean or to write out tickets just because,″ Hughart said.

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