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March 18, 2014

Police: Motorist likely died of medical condition

ANDERSON — A 71-year-old man is believed to have died from a pre-existing medical condition while driving Tuesday and causing a one-vehicle accident on the city's north side.

Michael Barkdull, of Anderson, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck near the intersection of Hartman Road and Apache Drive at about 1:20 p.m. The accident damaged a nearby utility pole and left some businesses without power temporarily.

According to Anderson Police public information officer Joel Sandefur, Barkdull was driving a white 2004 Pontiac Bonneville, which ran about 100 feet off the roadway and struck the pole, snapping it in half.

Off-duty Richland Township EMT Troy Snow and former Anderson firefighter Jerry Quire were behind the Pontiac and responded to the accident, attempting to save Barkdull by administering CPR. Sandefur said he wanted to acknowledge the men's efforts.

Barkdull was likely dead before the impact, he said.

"Cause of death is unknown, but it looks like a pre-existing medical condition. Possibly a heart, stroke, blood clot. Something like that," Sandefur said. "We don't believe the crash caused the death. Actually, the medical condition caused the crash."

No one else was hurt in the accident, and Sandefur said the fatality team, which usually investigates serious traffic accidents, was not called to the wreck.

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