The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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February 4, 2014

46-year-old crash victim died from blunt trauma

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — The victim of a one-vehicle fatal accident on Route 46 last week died from blunt trauma to the head, trunk and extremities as well as soft tissue injuries, according to the Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office.

Gregory Miklacic, 46, of Jefferson, was killed Thursday when his vehicle crossed the center line on Route 46 and drove off the roadway. The vehicle struck a ditch and came to a final rest against a large tree.

Witnesses at the scene reported Miklacic appeared to drive off the road for no apparent reason. There was some question as to whether Miklacic may have died from natural causes, as there were no signs of the vehicle braking as it traveled off the road.

Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office Investigator Tom Dispenes said the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report listed the cause of death as blunt trauma and was not real specific otherwise.

Dispenes said he had not had a chance to speak with the pathologist regarding the report.

Dispenes said he is still waiting on toxicology results, which usually take quite a while.

Miklacic’s 5-year-old son was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the cash. The child was strapped into a child safety seat; however, the seat was not properly installed in the vehicle. The child was transported to Ashtabula County Medical Center and flown to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.

The child’s condition is unknown.

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