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Coroner now says earlier wreck was a factor in death

Jul 21, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

But he said the cause of Audrey Arguello's death was a subdural hematoma as the result of an accidental fall July 7, however.

Coroner Ed McAuslan confirmed this week that a car crash in May contributed to the July 8 death of Audrey Arguello, 49, of Riverton.

He maintained that the cause of death was a subdural hematoma as the result of an accidental fall July 7, however.

"The trauma that she got from the crash caused some injuries and things as well that were contributory," McAuslan said Thursday. "So although the crash itself was not the cause of death, it contributed."

The crash was reported at about 11 a.m. on May 21 in the 100 block of South Broadway in Riverton. According to initial reports, the incident involved two vehicles that collided. One woman involved reportedly complained of head pain while the other had injured her knee. Officials called emergency medical services to the scene.

'No one will ever know'

McAuslan couldn't say specifically how the crash was related to the fall.

"That was something that was going on with her (that) no one will ever know," McAuslan said. "I don't think she was alone (at the time) but I don't know that anybody saw ... what happened."

As an example, he said Arguello could have gotten dizzy or felt nauseated before falling.

"I'm not saying that's what happened, but people can have things happen that aren't obvious to anybody that might see it," McAuslan said.

Arguello was airlifted to the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper on Sunday, July 7, and pronounced dead on July 8 due to a subdural hematoma.

According to WebMD, a subdural hematoma is a collection of blood outside of the brain, usually caused by severe head injuries.

The bleeding and increased pressure on the brain from a subdural hematoma can be life-threatening, and though some hematomas stop and resolve spontaneously, others require surgical drainage.

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