Death at high school under investigation

Jan 18, 2013 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

County officials are investigating the death of George Watts, 59, of Riverton, who was found unconscious Wednesday evening after being involved in a one-vehicle accident near Riverton High School.

Coroner Ed McAuslan said Watts had been exercising on the high school track before the accident occurred.

"He was in a jogging suit," McAuslan said. "It looked like he'd been running on the track and went over to his car. That's when he started having problems."

The Riverton Police Department responded at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday to reports that a vehicle had crashed through a fence at the high school. When they arrived at the scene, officials said they were unable to revive Watts, who was found unconscious in his vehicle.

"They began CPR," McAuslan said. "It wasn't an obvious death at the car."

Watts reportedly was transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. McAuslan said the body will be autopsied at 1 p.m. Friday in Loveland, Colo.

"There's no trauma or anything visible," McAuslan said Thursday. "Hopefully we'll have a preliminary (cause of death) sometime tomorrow afternoon."

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