Coroner: Blunt force trauma cause of crash victim’s death

An Edinburgh man died of blunt force trauma after an accident on Interstate 65, according to the coroner.

Devin Streeval, 29, died from multiple blunt force trauma injuries that caused subarachnoid hemorrhaging, or bleeding in the brain, due to the car accident, according to the Marion County Coroner’s office.

When police arrived to the scene shortly after 1 a.m. Jan. 28, Streeval was standing up, talking and refused medical treatment. Two hours later, he died at an Indianapolis hospital after having a seizure and being taken away in an ambulance, according to a news release from the Indiana State Police.

Subarachnoid hemorrhaging is an internal injury and is often not obvious or easily detected by emergency workers on the scene, according to the Marion County Coroner’s office.

The crash near the Edinburgh exit happened when the vehicle Streeval was in rolled over. Police said Alyssa Caudill, 28, of Columbus, was driving. Officers found Streeval standing outside the vehicle in a ditch and Caudill sitting in the driver’s seat when they arrived, the release said.

Both Streeval and Caudill were injured but were conscious and alert, and said they did not want medical treatment, the release said. Both said they wanted to sign medical release forms to avoid being taken to the hospital, the release said.

Shortly after, Streeval began having a seizure, and both he and Caudill were taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis to be checked out. Streeval died about 3:15 a.m., about two hours after the accident, the release said.

Investigators are awaiting toxicology reports, which will take about six weeks to get back, Indiana State Police Trooper John Perrine said.

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Corey Elliot is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2719.