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Illinois horseman Brian Cotton dies

May 14, 2018

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Brian Philip Cotton, 31, of Fairfield, Ill., died May 11. He was a Standardbred driver and was also employed by ENS Metals.
According to news reports, on Friday afternoon, May 11,  Mr. Cotton was driving his 2015 Dodge Ram and ran under the trailer of a semi that allegedly ran the stop sign as it crossed the intersection of intersection of Illinois Rt. 161 and Enterprise Road. According to Illinois State Police, the driver of a 2014 Freightliner semi towing a semi-trailer was traveling northbound on Enterprise Road and failed to stop at the intersection with the Mt. Erie blacktop.
Mr. Cotton died at the scene of the accident. A passenger in Cotton's truck, 32-year-old Emery Stutzman Jr. of Cisne, Ill., received critical injuries and was airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. The semi driver, his wife, and the couple's 10-year-old son were uninjured.
Mr. Cotton is survived by his wife, Brooke; son, Braxton; parents, Philip and Sherry; brother, Michael (Mary); in-laws, Roger and Linda Tucker; sisters-in-law, Breanne (Dave) Medler and Ashlea (Eli) Devoy; brother-in-law, Nick (Ashley) Tucker; grandparents-in-law, JR and Ruth Wilson; and several nieces, nephews, family, friends, and members of the Amish community.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday (May 17) at Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday (May 16) at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made toward a college fund for Braxton and they will be accepted at the Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home which is in charge of all the arrangements.

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