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Cops: Alcohol played role in drowning

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Updated: June 20, 2013 4:27PM

An Aurora man who drowned Friday in a retention pond on the city’s far northeast side apparently consumed a significant amount of alcohol and accidentally fell into the pond, police said Saturday.

Aurora police Sgt. Tim Jones identified the man as Joseph A. Pec, 36, of the 600 block of South River Street in Aurora.

Jones said police took a detailed statement from a 30-year-old Aurora woman who was with Pec at the time.

“He apparently consumed a large amount of alcohol and either passed out or fell asleep and then either rolled or fell into the pond,” Jones said.

An autopsy on Pec is scheduled to be performed Monday at the Kane County coroner’s office, Jones said.

Police were summoned about 2:47 p.m. Friday to a pond near in the vicinity of Kirk Road and Mesa Lane.

“A witness jogging by observed a subject lying in the water” and called police, Jones said.

Firefighters and paramedics were sent to the scene, where they removed the “unresponsive” man from the pond and began life-saving efforts, Jones said. The man was taken to Presence Mercy Hospital in Aurora, where he was later pronounced dead, he said.

Preliminary investigation revealed the man had been with an acquaintance — a 30-year-old Aurora woman — prior to being discovered in the water, Jones said.

“The acquaintance was attempting to remove the drowning victim from the pond upon police arrival,” he said.

“There does not appear to be any foul play associated with this incident,” Jones said.

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