The Clay County Coroner's Office released preliminary autopsy results about what caused the death of a Linton man found lying beside his vehicle Thursday evening on State Road 59.
Clay County Coroner Rick Swearingen told The Brazil Times Friday afternoon pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr reported that James Weaver Jr., 52, died of natural causes arising from a medical abnormality in his throat.
A family member told authorities that Weaver, who wasn't feeling well earlier in the day, had attempted to make arrangements to see a doctor.
Swearingen explained an abnormal growth in Weaver's throat area near the thyroid gland cut off his air supply, resulting in his death.
"Weaver probably saved a lot of lives by pulling off to the side of road like he did," Swearingen said. "He was definitely thinking of others."
Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Thursday, a passing motorist contacted 911 dispatchers at the Clay County Justice Center when they noticed a man lying on the road near a vehicle pulled off to the side of the southbound lane of SR 59, a little more than a mile south of Interstate 70.
Members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, Center Point Volunteer Fire Department, Clay County Search and Rescue were dispatched to the scene.
Although first responders on the scene attempted to perform life-saving emergency procedures, Weaver was pronounced dead upon arrival at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.