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Harvard man dies after falling off golf cart near Hebron

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 10:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:12 a.m. CDT

HEBRON – A 20-year-old Harvard man died on Sunday after he fell off the back of a golf cart, the sheriff's office said in a news release.

Stephen Canfield was riding on the back of a golf cart south on Johnson Road, north of Route 173, when he fell off for unknown reasons, the McHenry County Sheriff's Office said.

Canfield was transported to Centegra Hospital-Woodstock, where he was pronounced dead.

McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski announced Tuesday an autopsy showed Canfield died from a broken neck. A toxicology report is still pending.

The sheriff's office and members of the Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District responded to the scene about 12:05 a.m. Sunday to the 9700 block of Johnson Road in unincorporated McHenry County in Hebron Township.

It is believed that alcohol use was a contributing factor as Canfield may have consumed alcohol, the sheriff's office said.

Golf cart driver Tyler J. Tikk, 21, of Alden, and passengers Jacob P. Walters, 20, of Harvard, and Zak W. Olson, 21, of Hebron, were not injured in the accident.

It is not suspected that Tikk was intoxicated, said Deputy Aimee Knop, sheriff's office spokeswoman.

The vehicle did not have seat belts, and none of the occupants was wearing a helmet, the sheriff's office said.

The crash is under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff's Office Traffic Crash Investigation Unit and the McHenry County Coroner's Office.

Knop said no charges are pending at this time.

- Joseph Bustos

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