Coroner Completes Autopsies on Father and Son Killed in Wreck

Posted: Mar 7, 2014 6:31 PM by Lee Anne Denyer, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Mar 7, 2014 7:40 PM

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MOBERLY - The Randolph County Coroner has ruled out drowning as the causes of death for a father and son who died near Moberly earlier this week.

Coroner Gerald Luntsford told KOMU 8 News he completed autopsies on 31-year-old John Clardy and 2-year-old Caeden Clardy late Friday afternoon. He said while he can rule out drowning, he is still conducting tests to determine if a preexisting medical condition contributed to the accident.

Family members of Clardy told KOMU 8 News John Clardy has a history of seizures and was taking a new medication.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Paul Meyers responded to the scene Thursday and was back Friday morning. He said the car went across the creek, into the bank and flipped, submerging the cab.

"It's a terrible tragedy when something like this happens," he said. "That's why we try and do the best we can to thoroughly investigate how and why the accident occurred."

Meyers said he hopes the highway patrol's investigation will provide the family with some closure.

Friday morning the Major Crash Investigation Unit mapped the scene. Meyers said creating a model can help determine how fast the vehicle was traveling, if airbags deployed and if the two were wearing seat belts.

MoDOT workers were repairing signs along Highway EE Thursday afternoon when they discovered Clardy's car upside down in the creek. The investigation revealed the white Pontiac Bonneville was traveling westbound before it crashed.

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