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Parke County man dies from automobile accident injuries

Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Parke County man died Monday from injuries sustained from an automobile accident.

According to information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, an autopsy was performed Wednesday on George Caughlan, 63, Brazil.

Caughlan's residence has a Brazil address, but is actually located in Parke County.

According to officials, the cause of death on the autopsy report was blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the accident and alcohol and drug test results are still pending.

According to officials, at approximately 11:39 p.m., Sunday, June 3, Clay County 911 dispatch received a call reporting an accident on County Road 200 East, north of CR 1200 N. (Rio Grande Road).

When deputies from the Clay County Sheriff's Department arrived at the location of the accident, they discovered the driver had left the scene.

A resident who lives near the crash scene told deputies they had talked with the driver of the vehicle, who later identified himself as George.

The resident told the deputies that prior to their arrival, another vehicle arrived and removed the man from the scene. The resident said they thought the man was intoxicated and possibly injured.

The resident said they asked the man to wait for emergency personnel to arrive on the scene so he could be checked for injuries.

However, the man reportedly told the resident he did not want to get in trouble and refused the offer.

A registration check on the pickup truck involved in the crash revealed it was registered to George Caughlan.

Deputies searched the area for Caughlan, but were unable to locate him.

Relatives of Caughlan reported he arrived home late Sunday, June 3, and appeared to be intoxicated. They noted he looked to be "scratched up."

The relatives reported the following day, Monday, June 4, he told them he had wrecked his truck the previous evening.

The relatives added he seemed fine, but was a "little sore from the crash."

At around 4 p.m., Monday, June 4, relatives reported Caughlan collapsed in the bathroom and later became unresponsive.

Relatives forced their way into the bathroom and once inside, they realized Caughlan was not breathing.

One of the relatives called 911 and then began performing CPR.

Caughlan was later transported by ambulance to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, Brazil, where he was pronounced dead.

Officials said the incident is still under investigation.

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