Man in Red Lion crash died from natural causes
A 50-year-old Felton-area man was already dead from natural causes when he was pulled from his burning pickup truck, which had crashed into a fence in Red Lion early Friday morning, according to the York County Coroner's Office.
Walter J. Fike Jr., of Enfield Road in Chanceford Township, was pronounced dead at the scene about 6 a.m., according to a news release from Coroner Pam Gay.
According to the release, Fike's pickup truck was in the 200 block of Country Club Road when it left the road and crashed into a fence about 4:10 a.m. The truck then caught fire, the release states.
Witnesses pulled Fike from the cab of his truck, but he had already died, according to Gay's office.
It doesn't appear that Fike braked or his truck slid prior to the crash, the release states.
There was only minimal crash damage, the release states, but the truck was fully on fire.
An autopsy performed Saturday at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital determined that Fike's death was caused by cardiovascular disease, and his death was from natural causes, according to Gay's office.
State police said the crash remains under investigation.
They said the truck was headed northbound when it drifted off Country Club Road for unknown reasons and went into a yard, then into a fence.
Soon afterward, the truck was in flames, police said.
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