RILEY -- An investigation continues into the death of a Center Point man who died in a fatal two-vehicle accident in Riley early Sunday morning.
Pathologist and Vigo County Coroner Dr. Roland Kohr performed an autopsy on Russell Taylor, 35, Monday morning.
Although toxicology testing is pending and a full report has not been completed, Kohr told The Brazil Times preliminary autopsy results indicate Taylor died of blunt force trauma to the chest, which is consistent with injuries he sustained during Sunday's accident.
According to Vigo County Sheriff's Department officials, the accident occurred at approximately 2:45 a.m., Sunday. Apparently Taylor and Amanda Noren were passengers in a truck driven by Ricky L. Cantrell, Terre Haute, when it struck a guard rail and then a utility pole near State Road 46 and Vine Street in Riley.
Once Cantrell's truck came to a stop, it was hit by another truck driven by Wesley Reagin, 45, Cory. Reagin reportedly fled the scene, but was later arrested when he sought medical treatment at Union Hospital, 1606 N. 7th St., Terre Haute.
Following the accident, Cantrell and Noren were transported away from the scene for medical treatment. Cottrell was taken to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for treatment of a broken leg and lacerations, while Noren was airlifted to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, for a reported broken arm, leg, pelvis and a "severe head injury."
According to accident reports, the victims were not wearing seatbelts on at the time of the accident.
Portions of SR 46 were temporarily closed between SR 159 and Louisville Road as a result of the accident and an investigation by an accident reconstructionist.
The highway was reopened late Sunday afternoon.