CHP: Paralyzed Petaluma teen's deadly car crash determined suicide
PETALUMA, Calif. —
California Highway Patrol officials concluded their investigation Friday into an August crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Marin County that killed a 19-year-old Petaluma man who was paralyzed in a diving accident a year ago.
CHP officials said they have determined the accident in which Daniel "Danny" Cox died on Aug. 7 around 5:30 p.m. just south of the Redwood Landfill near Novato was a suicide.
This finding is consistent with the conclusion reached by the Marin County coroner's office, officials said.
Cox broke his neck and was paralyzed from the chest down after he did a "flat" dive in shallow water at Lake Tahoe on Aug. 10, 2010.
On Aug. 7 of this year, the car, a 2005 Dodge Magnum, which was modified so Cox could operate it with his hands, was traveling between 60 and 70 mph when it left the right side of the road and struck a tree, the California Highway Patrol said.
There were no skid marks to indicate braking, the CHP said.
Cox had received his driver's license on July 26 and had been driving to physical therapy sessions, his family said.
The CHP has asked that the privacy of the family be respected at this time.
There are resources available for those feeling depressed or suicidal.
Those seeking assistance can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255, which is available to provide help 24 hours a day.
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