CARTERVILLE, IL (KFVS) - A 67-year-old man is dead after his car went into Crab Orchard Lake on Tuesday, March 31.
According to Williamson County Coroner Junior Burke, Neil D. Honeysett, 67, of Hurst, was pronounced dead at 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday.
The incident was reported to authorities at about 1:25 p.m. on South Wolf Creek Road at Crab Orchard Lake.
Burke said it appears Honeysett was trying to back up his vehicle on the Wolf Creek Causeway to get on the road when his vehicle went down an embankment and into Crab Orchard Lake.
The Carterville Fire Department was called to the causeway for the report of a car in the water with at least one person just after 1:30 p.m.
"And he went from here and catapulted off the road and he hit and you hear the undercarriage of the car and everything," witness Marcus Milton said.
Milton said Honeysett visited the area often to fish.
"It's a bad thing. It's the type of thing that nobody wants to ever have happen," Milton said. "And he's a person we won't be able to say hi to anymore."
This popular spot for fishermen is at Crab Orchard Lake.
The incident is currently under investigation by Williamson County Coroner Junior Burke, Williamson County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Assisting in the recovery was Carterville Fire and Ambulance, Lake of Egypt Fire and Rescue and the U.S. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.