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Jeep hits bus, poles; driver dead

Autopsy says natural causes kill 47-year-old

His Jeep clipped a city bus and two light poles before going airborne, ultimately smashing into a utility pole.

But this is not what killed the 47-year-old Fort Wayne man behind the wheel of that Jeep on Monday morning.

Instead, Michael Eugene Perry died from natural causes, according to the Allen County coroner.

Fort Wayne police were called to two accident scenes on Lake Avenue about 8:30 a.m.

Upon arrival, they found the Jeep overturned in the 4300 block of Lake with Perry still inside.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators found damage done by the Jeep down the street west of Coliseum Boulevard.

Investigators determined the Jeep was traveling at high speed eastbound on Lake when it left the south side of the road and clipped the rear of a stopped Citilink bus.

The Jeep then hit two street lights while going east and crossing Coliseum.

It left the north side of the road this time and became airborne until it hit a utility pole, according to police.

An autopsy conducted by the coroner Monday afternoon found that Perry did not die from injuries related to the crash but from natural causes.

There were no other injuries reported by police in the crash.