Coroner: Heart failure caused deputy’s crash, death

May 31, 2019 GMT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Autopsy results show that an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy died from congestive heart failure moments before a crash occurred as he drove to work Thursday morning.

The Advocate reports Coroner Dr. Beau Clark released preliminary autopsy results Friday showing 42-year-old Lt. Steven Whitstine died of heart failure. He says that’s what caused Whitstine to crash.

Whitstine’s vehicle ran off the road in Zachary around 6:30 a.m., striking a tree and a bridge before overturning. Clark says there’s no evidence that Whitstine’s injuries sustained during the crash also contributed to his death.


Whitstine had served as a K9 officer with the sheriff’s office for the past eight years. He leaves behind his wife — also an East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy — and their two adult children.


Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com