Lincoln man involved in fatal accident found dead in his home

By WEEK Producer
By Anna Yee

September 16, 2012 Updated Sep 17, 2012 at 7:28 PM CDT

LINCOLN, Ill. -- Illinois State Police and Logan County authorities say they discovered the body of 65-year-old Michael Foster in his home Saturday afternoon after a police standoff.

Authorities responded to 100 block of Portland Place at approximately 8:00 am on the call of a suicidal male who had barricaded himself in his home.

"Our patrol officers from District 9, our SWAT team, and Lincoln P.D. responded, and later our SWAT team did gain entrance and found a male who was deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot," said Trooper Nathan Baker, of Illinois State Police District 9.

This occurred about 12 hours after the fatal accident around 8:30 Friday night, when authorities say Foster crashed his truck into a motorcycle on Old Route 121 in Lincoln.

Illinois State Police says that Foster's truck turned in front of the motorcycle, killing the rider of the motorcycle, 43-year-old Hans Braul, Jr., of Hartsburg.

His passenger, a 40-year-old female, of Palmyra, was taken to a nearby hospital, who remains there in critical, but stable condition.

Foster was also injured but was treated and released.

Foster's neighbor, who would not go on camera, told us he lived in the area for more than 30 years and usually kept to himself.

He ran a land surveying business.

She says she is not sure whether the two incidents are related.

The Logan County Coroner says toxicology results are pending, as authorities continue to piece together Foster's death.

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