Anthony M. Geisen Obituary, Death – An investigation continues into a Sunday morning accident in Alton that killed a Godfrey man. According to Alton Police Chief Jarrett Ford, at about 5:54 a.m. Sunday the Alton Police Department was made aware of a crash that had occurred on Landmarks Boulevard at the intersection with Henry Street.
Ford said a preliminary investigation revealed that an 18-wheeler truck was traveling westbound on Landmarks Boulevard approaching Henry Street. As the truck entered the intersection, a passenger vehicle entered the intersection northbound on Henry Street, Ford said. In doing so, the front of the truck struck the passenger side of the passenger vehicle. Paramedics with the Alton Fire Department took the driver of the passenger vehicle to OSF Saint Anthony’s Heath Center in Alton where he was pronounced deceased at 6:23 a.m. Sunday after resuscitative efforts were unsuccessful.
The Madison County Coroner’s Office has identified the deceased as Anthony M. Geisen, 20, of Godfrey. Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Gent Funeral Home of Alton.
According to Madison County Coroner’s Office Chief Of Investigations Shane P. Liley, Geisen was the driver and sole occupant of a white 2015 Ford Focus Hatchback. Liley said Geisen was traveling northbound on Henry Street and through the intersection of Landmarks Boulevard when he was struck on the passenger side by a 2024 Freightliner tractor-trailer.
Liley said Geisen was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and his airbags did deploy. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured during the crash and declined medical services at the scene.
Preliminary findings from an autopsy performed Sunday to aid in determining the cause and manner of death showed blunt head trauma as the cause of death, according to Liley. Routine toxicology testing remains pending at this time, and the cause of the crash remains under investigation by the coroner’s office, Alton Police and the Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit.
Liley said the coroner’s office extends its sympathies to all involved in the incident.