Coroner confirms heart condition caused Pasco man to crash truck into a house
PASCO, Wash. – The Benton County Coroner John Hansen determined that a heart-related medical condition caused 47-year-old Mark Bryan of Pasco to lose control of his truck and collide through a house Wednesday night.
The coroner said the heart condition, along with the injuries he sustained from the crash killed him.
The master bedroom of a home on the 6800 block of Boulder is demolished after police said the out of control truck smashed through the walls of the Pasco home around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.
"It almost went through and through," Sgt. Scott Warren said.
Pasco police said the 47-year-old driver, Mark Bryan of Pasco was traveling north on Convention Drive, then pickup left the road, driving through a field, into traffic and blew through a six-foot-tall brick wall and into the back of a house on the corner of Convention and Sandifur.
"It’s like he had some medical emergency, lost control of the vehicle, and the vehicle was still able to gain speed, gain more speed and ultimately collided into the fence and into the back of the house," Warren said.
The Benton County coroner said emergency crews tried to resuscitate Mr. Bryan on the scene, then rushed him to Kadlec, where officials pronounced him dead.
The coroner said it doesn't appear that the injuries in the accident were fatal and they're continuing to work on the theory he may have suffered a medical emergency while the pickup was in motion.
The coroner is performing an autopsy on Thursday and hopes to be able to determine the cause of death.
Police said it's an unbelievable tragedy.
"But it could have been much worse, it narrowly missed a couple cars on Sandifur," Warren said.
Luckily, no one else was hurt in this incident. The homeowners told Action News their teenage son was upstairs at the time of the crash and they're grateful he's okay.
However, Code Enforcement determined their home unsafe and uninhabitable.
In the meantime, the family said insurance is going to help them with a place to stay while they put the pieces back together.