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Coroner: Belt Snapped In Teen's Death

Last updated on Saturday, February 2, 2013

(GREENBURG) - Autopsy results for a North Decatur High School senior who died in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday night, indicates the seat belt snapped.

Brandon Coldwell, 19, died on impact from a fractured skull.

The Daily News reports Coldwell's cousin, Nikkie Lair of Westport, said Coldwell was wearing his seatbelt and snapped ding the accident, which caused Coldwell to be ejected from the vehicle.

Coldwell's car was found at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning by her husband, Jason Cooper and by Michael Herron, also a cousin, after more than 50 searchers participated in the extensive operation to find Coldwell's body.

Lair expressed confidence that the results of a toxicology screen - not due for six-to-eight weeks - would prove negative for alcohol or drugs of any kind.

"Brandon didn't take any medicine, and he wasn't a drinker, and he certainly didn't do drugs," Lair said. "He wouldn't even take ibuprofen for a headache. So we know there was nothing in his system. I understand people will speculate about such things, but such speculations are just wrong."

According to Lair, following his funeral and cremation Saturday night, Coldwell's ashes will be spread with the ashes of his grandfather - "Papaw" Bobby Lozier - at an undisclosed location.

To read more visit http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local/east_central/coroner-belt-snapped-in-teens-death

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