Report: Man who crashed pickup into Huntington home died of heart attack

Report: Man who crashed pickup into Huntington home died of heart attack

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - A preliminary autopsy report on the 76-year-old Fairfield man who died as a result of crashing his pickup into a home on Ralph Nerren Road in Huntington on Dec. 7 indicates that a heart attack caused his death.

The autopsy was performed on Robert James Leski by Dr. John W. Ralston with the Beaumont-based Forensic Medical of Texas on Dec. 9. Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Pat Grubbs ordered the autopsy.

The preliminary autopsy report listed coronary atherosclerosis as the cause of Leski's death, and it also said he died of natural causes. In addition to the evidence of coronary atherosclerosis, the report stated that Leski had scarring on his heart that would be consistent with a previous heart attack.

No evidence of overt trauma was found on Leski's body, according to the report.

A toxicology report is pending in the case.

The crash occurred late in the morning hours of Dec. 7 at a home across from Salem Missionary Baptist Church, and the pickup almost went all the way into the home.

According to a press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Leski, the driver of the pickup, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Pat Grubs.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates that Leski was driving a 2003 Ford pickup south on Ralph Nerren road when he drove off the road to the right and crashed into a house, causing major damage to the house and the vehicle, the press release stated.

"An autopsy has been order to determine if a medical condition contributed to the crash," the press release stated.

No one was in the home when the pickup crashed through its front wall, said DPS Trooper Michael Thomason. However, the home's owners were notified. No other injuries were reported.

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