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Buffington autopsy shows crash caused his death; memorial service set

SUGAR GROVE – Preliminary autopsy results for Geneva Electric Superintendent Michael Buffington, who died in a car crash late Thursday in Sugar Grove, show the accident caused his death, Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said.

"He did not have a heart attack or a stroke," Russell said, referring to a medical condition that could have precipitated the crash.

Russell said the coroner's office would wait for toxicology results to see whether other factors led to the crash. 

Buffington, 64, of Geneva, was driving a city-owned Ford Taurus and apparently rolled through a stop sign at the top of the Route 47 exit ramp from Interstate 88, turning left to head north, Sugar Grove Police Chief Patrick Rollins said.

Buffington's car was struck on the driver's side by an oncoming Chevrolet Trailblazer, which did not have to stop. The intersection is not a four-way stop, Rollins said, but all vehicles at the top of the ramp – leaving I-88 – must stop before exiting to enter Route 47.

A memorial service for Buffington is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at O-Ace-Is, 6639 South Route U.S. 31, Bunker Hill, Indiana.

Geneva's city flag has been lowered to half-staff at all facilities in honor of Buffington, officials said.

“With the sudden and unexpected loss of our co-worker and friend Mike Buffington, our hearts are heavy, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” City Administrator Mary McKittrick said in a statement.

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