The death of Pontiac resident Steven Mrozek, whose body was discovered with signs of “significant trauma” between the buildings of PJ’s Pub and Country Financial a month ago, was revealed Wednesday by Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood to have been the result of a fall, which was ruled as an accident with no foul play.
    Mrozek’s passing was the source of much local speculation, due in part to Harwood’s initial report that the condition of his body “was not consistent with ground-level injuries,” and that it was possible that the Pontiac man had been assaulted or struck by a vehicle.
    Harwood reported that Mrozek, 33, was found unresponsive in between the two buildings in Pontiac on the late evening of March 17. Emergency medical services transported him to OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, where he was later flown to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria for further treatment for severe head injuries. He remained unresponsive, however, and was pronounced brain dead at 11:58 p.m. the following Saturday evening at the hospital.
    The Peoria coroner noted in a release issued on March 22 that an autopsy “was completed March 21, and that the results of that are pending toxicology. It’s clear, however, that he suffered severe head injuries that contributed to his death. Details of what caused his severe injuries are still unclear at this time, however, the Pontiac Police, the Illinois State Police, and the Peoria County Coroner’s office continue to investigate.”
    However, Harwood had told the Daily Leader on March 20 that, based on a preliminary examination, Mrozek had suffered “significant trauma,” adding that the condition of his body “was not consistent with ground-level injuries.”
    At the time, he said that it is possible Mrozek was assaulted or struck by a vehicle, but would make an official determination pending the results of an autopsy.
    On Wednesday, Harwood issued a final report on Mrozek, saying that the “final manner and cause of death …  was craniocerebral injuries. In (layman’s) terms, he had a few areas of his skull that were fractured; he also had areas of the brain that had substantial bleeding.
    “Pontiac Police department and the Illinois State Police investigated this death, and concluded there was no foul play. The manner of death was ruled an accident related to a traumatic fall.”
    Harwood said that the determination was made after he had subpoenaed all of the relevant hospital and police records on the matter. He added that the conclusion was not the result of a coroner’s inquest, which are seldom used in modern times.