DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - An off-duty Trotwood police officer killed Wednesday morning in an accident died of blunt force trauma to his head and neck, in addition to drowning, early autopsy results indicate.
David Yaney's truck went down a ravine along Taywood Road in Englewood around 5:50 a.m. and submerged in 12 feet of water.
Though crews were on the scene in three minutes, it took four hours to find his body. Using a crane, rescue workers managed to pull the truck from the water just after 9:30. Divers found Yaney's body a short time later.
Yaney's friends cannot make sense of what happened. Carl Bush made his way to crash site Thursday. The two knew each other for more than 40 years.
"Dave was the one that always did something that had everybody cracked up and laughing and made us happy," said Carl Bush, Yaney's friend.
The man who saw it all happen thinks it was one of two things. "I thought either the guy fell asleep or he had a heart attack." We spoke with the truck driver who was first at the scene of the crash and called for help He didn't want to go on camera. He says he'd never seen a truck do what Yaney's did and fly over the guardrail.
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