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The Cassgram is reporting that a low level of meth was found in the blood of the driver of a small pickup that crossed the centerline and crashed into a Weeping Water ambulance on June 11th.
The driver of the ambulance, 51-year-old Bob Hanes of Weeping Water, was killed and three others were injured. The pickup driver, 24-year-old BJ Whitlatch of Syracuse, was also killed.
The initial toxicology test results released a couple weeks after the accident turned up negative for alcohol or drugs in the system of Whitlatch. More tests with lower threshold levels were conducted. Further testing revealed very low levels of methamphetamine and an even lower level of its metabolite, amphetamine, said Cass County Attorney Nathan Cox.
Cox told The Cassgram that medical examiners told him, the level of drugs in Whitlatch were not at the point where driving is considered to be impaired.
Meth use can cause an individual to stay awake for days before sleeping, but Cox said it cannot be determined if that was the case with Whitlatch.
The investigation in recent weeks also focused on whether Whitlatch could have suffered a medical condition or if he was on a cell phone. There was no indication that either of those factors contributed to the accident.