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Coroner releases details of fatal 'unfortunate accident'

Apr 2, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan has released details about the "unfortunate accident" last week that resulted in the death of a Dubois 6-year-old.

Preliminary autopsy results show Lain Mathson died March 26 of trauma from a mid-morning incident, which McAuslan said began in the Mathson garage. According to reports, Mathson's parents were moving vehicles.

"The dad got out of one vehicle, which I believe was a pickup, and he left the door open," McAuslan said. "He was unaware that his son was in the garage. (The boy) had come down the stairs from the house and was in the garage."

McAuslan said the truck somehow rolled forward, pinning Mathson between the open door and the wall of the garage.

Law enforcement responded to the scene at about 11 a.m. March 26. McAuslan said the emergency responders attempted to resuscitate Mathson while they transported the boy to the Dubois Medical Clinic.

"He would have been in cardiac arrest," McAuslan said last week. "It was probably from the trauma that caused the cardiac arrest."

Mathson later was taken by ambulance to Riverton Memorial Hospital.

McAuslan said the investigation into the death officially will be open until complete autopsy results are in. Results typically take four to six weeks to be processed.

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