Local man’s death ruled accidental

Jeanette Kendall

A Tazewell County coroner’s jury ruled a Washington man’s death as accidental.

Joseph A. Daxenbichler, 21, of 2242 North Ridge Lane, was pronounced dead at 1:58 p.m. May 12 at 226 Stahl Ave., Washington.

According to testimony provided by East Peoria police detective Brian Despines, Daxenbichler, stayed in an oversized shed in the backyard at a friend’s residence at the time of his death.

When police arrived, they observed Daxenbichler on the bed and a couple of capsules on the floor.

After talking to Daxenbichler’s girlfriend, police learned that the couple took Xanax and methadone the night before his death. Xanax is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety. Methadone is used to treat opioid dependence, according to information provided by Despines. The girlfriend said Daxenbichler took the combination of drugs prior to going to a movie, half-way through the movie and after the movie, before going to sleep. The girlfriend awoke about 1 p.m. May 12 and found Daxenbichler unresponsive.

Despines said police were not able to learn where Daxenbichler obtained the drugs, both which are only prescribed by doctors. Daxenbichler did not have a prescription for either of the drugs, Tazewell County coroner Dennis Conover, said.

Testimony given to the jury revealed that Daxenbichler was not suicidal; however, police handled an incident one year prior to his death in which he almost overdosed on drugs, Despines said.

An autopsy revealed that Daxenbichler died of multiple medicine toxicity. Large amounts of methadone and alprazolam (Xanax) were found in Daxenbichler’s system, Conover said.