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Autopsy on man run over by pickup 'inconclusive'

Oct 9, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

It will take four to six weeks to determine the cause of death.

Preliminary autopsy results for 21-year-old Sterling Blackburn of Riverton were inconclusive, according to Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan.

According to reports, Blackburn died Thursday evening after he was discovered underneath a pickup truck at the Cedar Bar, 413 E. Fremont Ave.

The vehicle's owner reportedly didn't not know Blackburn was under the truck.

"The driver of the pickup was attempting to leave the parking lot and was unaware that (Blackburn) was under his truck," RPD Capt. Eric Murphy said Friday.

When they arrived on scene, officers said the pickup truck was on top of Blackburn, who was unresponsive and not breathing. Officers reportedly tried to pull Blackburn out from under the truck, but they were unsuccessful. The Riverton Volunteer Fire Department was called to assist.

"(They) used air bags to lift the truck so (Blackburn) could be released from under the truck," Murphy said.

Blackburn's body was autopsied Saturday in Loveland, Colo., but McAuslan said a full autopsy report is necessary before conclusions can be drawn.

"The pathologist, in his preliminary findings, isn't exactly sure," McAuslan said.

It will take four to six weeks to determine Blackburn's cause of death, McAuslan said, adding that he will not know whether alcohol was involved in the incident until then.

He also would not comment about the possibility that Blackburn was deceased before the pickup truck was moved.

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