Man died from injuries in crash, coroner rules
BAZETTA -- A Cortland man died of multiple blunt traumatic injuries he received when the minivan he was driving hit a tree, the Trumbull County coroner's office has ruled.
Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk, forensic pathologist, said he couldn't exclude the possibility that the deceased driver, Gary Tryon, 57, had "a cardiac event," which could have caused the accident because Tryon had underlying heart disease.
"However, because of his multiple blunt traumatic injuries, which are lethal, that makes any question concerning heart disease moot," Dr. Germaniuk said after performing the autopsy Friday.
Dr. Germaniuk, who also is chief deputy coroner, made his remarks after the Ohio State Highway Patrol had said Thursday evening that Tryon may have died of natural causes before the single-vehicle crash at Cadwallader-Sonk and Henn-Hyde roads.
A report from township ambulance personnel said bystanders told them Tryon was vocalizing when the ambulance arrived at the scene of the 6:45 p.m. accident, Dr. Germaniuk noted. "He was not even unconscious after impact," Dr. Germaniuk added.
The ambulance crew took Tryon to St. Joseph Health Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Tryon, who was westbound on Cadwallader-Sonk, was not wearing a safety belt, the patrol added.