No alcohol found in Chris Henry's system after his death
Associated Press , By MIKE CRANSTON, AP Sports Writer
1:21 PM, Jun 8, 2010
3:53 AM, Jun 9, 2010
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A toxicology report found no alcohol inChris Henry's system after the Cincinnati Bengals receiver died inDecember from a fractured skull and other head injuries in what'sbeen ruled an accident.
The full autopsy and toxicology reports were released by theMecklenburg County medical examiner's office on Tuesday, nearly sixmonths after Henry died when he came out of the back of a pickuptruck driven by his fiancee.
No traces of alcohol were found. The toxicology report didn'tinclude any other tests for drugs.
Witnesses told police Henry jumped into the back of the movingvehicle driven by Loleini Tonga in the driveway of her family homein Charlotte on the morning of Dec. 16 during a domesticdispute.
It remains unclear if Henry jumped or fell out of the truckwhile it was traveling about 19 mph on a windy road about a milefrom the home. Henry was declared brain dead 18 hours later. He was26.
Tonga, who claimed in an interview with ESPN that Henry jumpedfrom the truck, was not charged.
"While it is impossible to know the decedent's intent uponleaving the vehicle, whether it represented an intentional jump oran unintentional fall, either act would be classified as anaccident," the report said.
The autopsy was done after Henry's family donated several of hisorgans, including his heart, lungs, liver, kidney, spleen andpancreas.
The report, which was signed off by Mecklenburg County medicalexaminer Dr. Christopher Gulledge on Friday, indicated Henrysuffered numerous head injuries, including a fractured skull andbrain hemorrhaging.
His brain was taken to the University of North Carolina atChapel Hill for further examination, and was also donated to agroup studying brain injuries among professional footballplayers.
A witness said Henry, who was away from the Bengals after beingplaced on injured reserve with a broken arm, was agitated when hejumped into the truck bed.
Witness Lee Hardy told reporters he heard Henry say, "If youtake off, I'm going to jump off the truck and kill myself."
A 911 caller told a dispatcher she saw a shirtless man wearing acast "beating on the back of this truck window." A later 911 callersaid he saw an unresponsive man laying on a curvy, residential roadabout eight miles northwest of downtown Charlotte.