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Autopsy shows man died before fire in April crash in Cove

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Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013 4:30 am

COPPERAS COVE — The full autopsy report indicates a man, who crashed into a Copperas Cove strip mall in April setting it ablaze, died of blunt-force injuries and had signs of alcohol and drugs in his system.

Medical examiners at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas didn’t find any soot in the airways of Andrew James Wydler, 20, which indicates he wasn’t breathing during the blaze.

Wydler was discovered inside a vehicle that crashed into an office building in the 2200 block of East U.S. Highway 190 on April 26, and started a fire. Copperas Cove firefighters responded to the scene at 2:47 a.m. when a passersby reported the incident.

The medical examiner also discovered alcohol, marijuana and a chemical found in Paxil and Xanax in Wydler’s blood, stated the report.

His blood alcohol level was 0.055, which is under the legal limit but could have impaired Wydler based on his weight, according to a Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission chart.

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