UPDATE: Heroin Intoxication was Factor in Fatal Crash

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email
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UPDATE: 4/18 at 11:37 a.m.

The Marathon County Medical Examiner’s office says toxicology results from Michael Dixon’s autopsy show heroin intoxication was a direct contributing factor in this crash.

However, the Medical Examiner John Larson says Michael Dixon's March 23rd death will be classified as traffic fatality and not an overdose death. Dixon died from injuries he sustained in the Thomas Street accident.

Larson says Dixon was likely in altered state of consciousness prior to the crash. Larson says it is hard to pinpoint an exact time, however he believes Dixon's heroin use was in close proximity to the time of the crash.

ORIGINAL STORY: 3/23 at 4:24 p.m.

The Marathon County Medical Examiner has released the name of a 24-year-old man who died Saturday afternoon as result of a single-vehicle crash.

Michael Dixon, of Rothschild, was pronounced dead at the scene after crashing his vehicle on the Thomas Street Bridge west of Grand Avenue.

Police say a 4-year-old child was in the car at the time and was transported with serious injuries. Dixon and the child were both properly restrained.

Investigators believe Dixon was not going the 25 mph speed limit.
A preliminary investigation shows the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Thomas Street, crossed the westbound lanes and struck the concrete bridge abutment on the north side of the roadway.

Thomas Street was closed for a portion of the day Saturday.

The Medical Examiner is not ruling out drugs or alcohol as contributing factor in the crash. He says toxicology results may take up to three weeks. The Wausau Police Department say they found an uncapped syringe, spoon, and lighter in the vehicle.

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