Medical Examiner: Freddie Gray’s Neck Broken When Head Slammed Into Bolt In Transport Van
The medical examiner has released information in the death of Freddie Gray, saying that the man was apparently killed by injuries sustained when his head slammed into the back of the transport van. The M.E.’s report states that an injury on the back of Gray’s neck matches an exposed bolt in the back of the van.
Numerous rumors have floated about the incident, including that Gray’s injury was not new, but a pre-existing condition caused by a wreck, and that Gray had recently had surgery. However, Snopes found that one to be completely unsubstantiated.
According to the NY Post, though, there is, now, an answer of sorts. The injury has been declared to have been caused by Gray’s head slamming into the police van, which is said to have snapped his neck. An impression on the man’s neck matches an exposed bolt in the back of the van,
There are still questions unanswered by this. It’s not clear what exactly occurred on the ride. WBAL-TV reports that another passenger in the van reported a smooth ride, but that Freddy Gray appeared to have already have suffered his injury before this passenger was picked up.
It has been speculated that Gray may have been experiencing seizures in the van, following the injury, which may have exacerbated the injury and may explain why the second passenger said he heard banging sounds.
There is still no explanation for why the man was denied medical attention, or why he was not in a seatbelt. The New York Times has reported, though, that so-called ‘rough rides’ are heard of in many districts, by a few different names.
The Baltimore Sun also reports that in that city, a number of other citizens have been paid off by the city after suffering injuries in similar rides.
What is clear, though, is that at some point in that transport van, something happened that shouldn’t have been possible. Police officials say that Freddie Gray’s death has sparked discussions of installing cameras in the back of the vans.