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State Police: Man's death caused by cocaine toxicity


GREENPORT, N.Y. – State Police and Greenport Police have concluded their investigation into the death of a man which occurred on October 29th.

On October 29th, around 9 p.m., a Greenport Police Officer investigated a report of a suspicious person walking in the roadway, obstructing traffic around Joslen Boulevard and Green Acres Road.

Ronald Wood, 54, was the man identified in the roadway.  He allegedly became irrational and combative. When he was restrained, Wood became unresponsive and later died.

Columbia County Pathologist Jeffrey Hubbard, M.D. and Columbia County Coroner Angelo Nero say they have determined that Wood died from cocaine toxicity. They also say cardiomyopathy was a contributing factor in Wood's death.

An autopsy was performed on Wednesday and the cause of death will be determined pending toxicology results.

Troop K Major Robin H. Benziger states "While the reality of Mr. Ronald Wood's death is undeniably tragic, investigation and autopsy results have revealed that there is no evidence to suggest that it was in any way connected to the actions of the police officers that responded to the scene. In fact, the first impulse of the responding members of the Town of Greenport Police Department and the New York State Police, was to help Mr. Wood, who appeared to be having some kind of medical emergency."

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