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Visitor’s apparent heart attack causes crash

Tamara Miller

An Illinois man died from an apparent heart attack while driving on Interstate 70 Tuesday afternoon.

The man, 47-year-old Dennis Hoke of Coal City, Ill., suffered what appeared to be a heart attack while driving west on I-70 near Vail. He was able to maneuver his car down the West Vail exit, but then lost control. The vehicle began traveling into oncoming traffic until his wife was able to grab the steering wheel and direct the car off the road, according to Sgt. Curt Mulson.

A Vail Police officer saw the car and drove over to block part of the roadway. He and a bystander performed CPR on the man until paramedics arrived.

Hoke was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Hoke, his wife and two daughters, were visiting the Vail area at the time.

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