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Medical examiner: Man died of natural causes before 4-car crash last week

UPDATED: Tue., May 25, 2021

A pickup, an SUV and two other vehicles were involved in a crash on East Sprague Avenue on Thursday afternoon. One man was killed, but his death happened before the crash from natural causes, the medical examiner ruled.  (Courtesy/Sean Eason)
A pickup, an SUV and two other vehicles were involved in a crash on East Sprague Avenue on Thursday afternoon. One man was killed, but his death happened before the crash from natural causes, the medical examiner ruled. (Courtesy/Sean Eason)

The man who was believed to have been killed in a four-car crash near Interstate 90 last week actually died of natural causes, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner.

Peter Remington, 61, died because blood had gathered in the pericardial sac of his heart, placing pressure on the organ and preventing his heart from functioning properly.

His official cause of death is “cardiac tamponade; due to hemopericardium; due to ruptured posterior wall myocardial infarct; due to thrombotic occlusion of posterior descending coronary artery,” according to the medical examiner’s office. His manner of death was deemed natural.

Remington was driving a Chevrolet truck west on Sprague Avenue near South Dyer Road on Thursday when he crossed into the eastbound lanes of traffic, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

The Chevy collided with a Ford F150, a Porsche Macan and a Toyota Camry before coming to a stop.

A witness told police Remington appeared slumped over before the crash even occurred.

The driver of the F150 suffered an injury to his left arm and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The drivers of the other vehicles were not injured.

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