BEDFORD — Nathan R. Arthur of Loogootee has been identified by Lawrence County Coroner Rob Herr as the man who died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning in Lawrence County.
Arthur was 31.
Lawrence County Sheriff Sam Craig said Herr determined Arthur died from blunt force trauma. Police said Arthur was dead when they arrived at the scene of the 12:53 a.m. accident.
Identification was delayed because Arthur’s vehicle caught fire on impact and the severity of burns over his body prevented positive identification at the scene.
The accident occurred in Marshall Township and was on Elkins Road about 1,915 feet east of Sowders Road.
An accident report released today by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department reports Arthur’s most severe injuries were to his head.
He was pinned in the wreckage. The report said it was unknown whether he was wearing a seat belt.
Arthur was driving a 2006 Pontiac and was traveling west on Elkins Road when he came to a curve and ran off the south side of the road. The vehicle struck a tree stump, overturned and came to rest upside down in a field. The vehicle then became engulfed in flames.
A witness told police he hadn’t seen the accident, but had heard it.
He was sitting in his bedroom when he heard a vehicle come around a curve west of his residence. The witness said he believed the vehicle was moving at a high rate of speed.
He also stated he heard the tires make a squealing noise and then heard a loud crash. When the witness went outside he saw the vehicle in flames and he called 911.
Craig said toxicology results are pending.