WARREN, Ind. (WANE) – The death of a man who was found in the Salamonie River early Sunday morning has been ruled accidental, according to Huntington County Coroner Phil Zahm.
Investigators said Jeremy C. Ralston, 22, Huntington, was driving south on Main Street when he didn’t stop at the end of the street. Ralston’s vehicle then continued through the dead end and to an area where a bridge used to be.
The vehicle hit a former bridge support, went airborne, and landed nose first in the river.
Zahm said Ralston was not wearing a seat belt, but was not thrown from the vehicle. When emergency personnel arrived Ralston was still in the vehicle and pronounced dead.
Warren firefighters and the Huntington County Technical Rescue Team assisted in removing Ralston’s body from the car and river.
Results from an autopsy showed Ralston died as a result of asphyxia, due to drowning. Zahm said toxicology results were not immediately available to determine if alcohol was involved.
The incident is under investigation.