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Drugs Caused Man’s Death At Area Car Show

Posted by wlpo on November 10, 2010

The investigation into a man dying after a fight at a Newark car show has wrapped up.

55 year old Ricke Van Riper of Oswego died after a fight at the car show August 28th.  Van Riper started fighting with another man before going into his truck to get some knives.  He began throwing knives at the other guy involved in the fight before trying to stab him.  People at the car show were able to eventually stop Van Riper but not before he was knocked unconscious.  He was taken to Valley West Hospital in Sandwich where he was pronounced dead.

The DeKalb Coroner’s Office says Van Riper died from cocaine intoxication.  People intervening in the fight didn’t cause his death according to the autopsy report.

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