Coroner: Unknown if crash caused by alcohol
Cooper County Coroner Larry Jones is awaiting test results to determine how much Matthew Hughes may have been drinking before he was killed in a traffic crash.
Hughes, 22, of Sedalia, died Wednesdsay from a closed head injury suffered in a car crash, said Jones. The accident happened on state Route A when Hughes was on his way home from Otterville.
Hughes drove a friend’s car off the road and into a fence. The vehicle rolled over several times and Hughes, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car, according to Highway Patrol reports.
Jones pronounced Hughes dead about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, but is unsure when he died.
A friend of Hughes told the coroner that he had been drinking with Hughes. He last saw Hughes about 1 a.m. Tuesday, before the friend went to bed. Jones said nobody saw Hughes leave or knew what time he left.
“They fell asleep, and when they woke up, he was gone,” Jones said.
The state requires everyone killed in an accident on state roads be tested for alcohol, Jones said.
Jones decided an autopsy was unnecessary.
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