Chandler vehicle death likely due to medical condition - East Valley Tribune: Public Safety

Chandler vehicle death likely due to medical condition

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Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012 4:07 pm

A single-vehicle crash that killed a Chandler man likely will be ruled a fatal collision due to a medical condition, a police spokesman said.

Detective Seth Tyler, a Chandler police spokesman, identified the man, whose badly burned body was discovered in the burned out car early on Oct. 20 as Stuart Kadel, 49, of Chandler.

Shortly after 4 a.m. that day, Chandler police and fire responded to a car fire call at Erie and California streets in front of the fence near the entrance to Chandler High School and discovered the car’s tires spinning from Kadel’s foot being stuck on the accelerator, possibly the origin of the heat that caused the blaze to come into the car from the engine compartment, according to Tyler.

After coming upon the car, authorities discovered Kadel’s body inside, strapped in by the seatbelt and burned from the waist up, Tyler said.

Video surveillance of the car revealed that its tires likely were spinning for more than an hour as the car was seen on the video at 3:09 a.m., but was not on fire at that point, according to Tyler.

There was nothing suspicious about Kadel’s death throughout the death investigation.

During a preliminary report, the Maricopa county Medical Examiner’s Office noted that Kadel had a couple of medical conditions that likely caused him to lose control of the vehicle before the car striking the fence where it came to rest before the blaze started, Tyler said.

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