Police have wrapped up their investigation into a fatal industrial accident at Winnebago Towables in Middlebury, Ind., last week and forwarded the case to prosecutors.
The Elkhart Truth reported that Rick Schlabach, 54, was hit and killed by a forklift in the plant at 201 14th St. on Thursday, according to the Middlebury Police Department. Officers were notified about the accident around 6:30 a.m. and responded with the Middlebury Fire Department.
Rescue crews attempted to revive Schlabach, but he was pronounced dead at the plant. The Elkhart County Coroner’s Office responded to investigate his death.
An autopsy conducted on Friday in Kalamazoo, Mich., ruled the cause of death blunt force injuries, according to a Tuesday statement from Elkhart County Coroner James Elliott. Neither Middlebury Town Marshal Kevin Miller nor the coroner’s office would discuss more specifics about the accident on Tuesday.
Middlebury police said Winnebago has worked with authorities on the investigation. The company issued a statement Monday confirming the incident took place on company property, but did not discuss specifics of what happened.
The Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office now will review the police reports and evidence from the case to decide whether any criminal charges should be filed in the case. A timeline for that process was not known Tuesday (April 11).
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