Coroner: Dan Wheldon died of blunt force head trauma

From the AP:Coroner: Dan Wheldon died of blunt force head trauma

An autopsy on Monday has determined that Dan Wheldon died of blunt force trauma to the head.

The 33-year-old Wheldon was pronounced dead at 1:54 p.m. Sunday at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where he was flown by medical helicopter after the crash at the track about 19 kilometers (12 miles) away.

After an autopsy, Murphy ruled the death an accident, the result of blunt trauma to the head due to a motor vehicle collision, and offered condolences to friends and family of the married father of two from England.

Wheldon was pronounced dead less than an hour after the fiery crash, which included 15 cars. Wheldon, the reigning Indianapolis 500 champion and 2005 Izod IndyCar Series champion had started in the back of the 34 car field in an attempt to win a $5 million bonus put up by IndyCar officials.

The crash happened in front of Wheldon’s car, and as he stayed in the throttle on the low line to attempt to avoid the melee, the crash came down in front of him and his car catapulted off of the back of E.J. Viso’s car.

The night before the crash, Wheldon and his wife received matching tattoos of each other’s initials on their wrists.

Three other drivers who went to the hospital because of the crash have been treated and released. Will Power was released on Sunday after complaining of lower back pain and Pippa Mann and JR Hildebrand were discharged on Monday. Mann burned her right pinkie finger and will need a second operation while Hildebrand has a bruised sternum.

Coroner: Dan Wheldon died of blunt force head trauma

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