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Former University of Illinois Professor Killed in Pedestrian Accident

79-year-old Robert Ash, a retired mathematics professor at the University of Illinois, was tragically killed this past Tuesday night after he was struck by a car. According to Urbana police Sgt. Dan Moran, Ash was crossing Race Street in the crosswalk at 6:25 pm when he was struck by a vehicle driven by 38-year-old Ratana Darawankul.

Darawankul received a ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Despite the fact that the accident was low speed and that Ash was responsive and talking at the scene of the accident, he died later that night at 12:36 am. Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup stated that Ash apparently suffered a head injury when he was knocked over in the collision.

Darawankul struck Ash as she was turning off of Washington Street onto Race Street and she failed to see Ash in the crosswalk.

The entire team at Spiros Law, P.C., sends their deepest condolences to the loved ones of Mr. Ash in this difficult time.