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Officials suspect heart attack caused man to crash into home

Posted: May 17, 2017 - 2:49am  |  Updated: May 17, 2017 - 3:19pm
Just three feet of a pickup truck remained outside the Old Belair Road home Monday after a driver crashed into it. Officials suspect he may have suffered a fatal heart attack just before the crash.
Just three feet of a pickup truck remained outside the Old Belair Road home Monday after a driver crashed into it. Officials suspect he may have suffered a fatal heart attack just before the crash.

Officials suspect that a 56-year-old man suffered a massive heart attack before his vehicle crashed into the side of a Grovetown home Monday evening.

Robert David Rinker was pronounced dead at 5:47 p.m. Monday at the scene, according to Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.

Collins said that he highly suspects that Rinker suffered a massive heart attack and may have been unconscious or deceased before crashing into the home. Collins added that the truck may have been traveling as fast as 45 miles per hour when it hit the home.

After the truck left the roadway, Collins said it traveled through the yard and over a tree before coming to rest in the kitchen area of the home, with just three feet of the truck left outside. The one occupant inside the home at the time had left the kitchen before the vehicle crashed into it, Collins said, adding that she was uninjured, thankfully.

Collins said the woman was in the kitchen moments before the crash, but was drawn to the television in the next room after something on it caught her attention.

Rinker was employed as a project director with the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and had suffered some hypertension issues previously. Collins said Rinker's body would be transported to Atlanta Thursday for an autopsy, to determine a cause of death.

 

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