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An investigation into a fatal car crash that occurred Friday morning took an unexpected turn as officials announced the car was registered to a 24-year-old Destiny Tolodxi, who was found dead in Rockford, Ill., hours after the accident.

Racine County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the scene near 3 Mile Road in Raymond around 9:20 a.m. Friday on reports of a car and an excavator on fire following a crash. The freeway was shut down for several hours for an accident investigation and the driver, the only occupant of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to witnesses, the car was driving southbound when its drivers’ side tire fell off, lost control, and drove through construction barricades into an unoccupied excavator, bursting into flames. The body of the driver was burned beyond recognition, said deputies.

Hours later, officials were called to a home in Rockford, where Tolodxi’s sister found her dead in a bedroom around 4 p.m. An autopsy is scheduled Tuesday for Tolodxi, a CNA at Rockford Memorial Hospital, and though there were no obvious signs of trauma, the death is still being investigated as a homicide.

Winnebago County Deputy Chief Mike Schultz said the driver of the car, who has not been named, is considered a “person of interest” in Tolodxi’s death.

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