Tomah man found dead day after vehicle crash

Published On: Dec 10 2012 12:47:28 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 10 2012 12:46:51 PM CST
TOMAH, Wis. -

Tomah police say autopsy results show a 31-year-old man died as the result of internal injuries sustained from a vehicle crash on Thursday, December 6.

Harley Leach told police he was driving southbound on Superior Ave. in Tomah on Thursday, December 6 at about 4 p.m. when his eye glasses fell off. Police say his vehicle traveled into the median between the north and southbound lanes, back across the southbound lanes, into the west side ditch, and over the railroad tracks. The vehicle stopped when it struck a tree on the south side of the railroad tracks.

Police say the front of his vehicle and its undercarriage areas were severely damaged. Investigators determined that the cause of the crash was Leach’s failure to have his vehicle under control.

Tomah police say Leach did not have any visible injuries that appeared to be life-threatening but he complained of chest pain caused during the crash. Leach was transported to the Tomah Memorial Hospital.

On Friday, December 7, police responded to a call of an unresponsive person in an apartment in the City of Tomah. When they arrived, police found Leach dead. Police say the cause of death was not known at the time.

An autopsy ordered by the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s office later determined that Leach died as the result of internal injuries sustained in the vehicle crash.

A Tomah Memorial Hospital spokesman says due to patient confidentiality, he is unable to comment on any treatment patients have recieved.