November 27, 2014


Coroner says victim of four-wheeler crash had drugs in system

CARLISLE TWP. — A man who died in a four-wheeler crash two months ago was found to have drugs and alcohol in his system at the time of his death, according to a report released this week.

Timothy Zmuginsky, 34, was killed June 8 in his backyard at 12446 Indian Hollow Road after he crashed while driving his four-wheeler, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies and the Carlisle Township Fire Department arrived at the scene about 9 p.m. and found Zmuginsky next to the overturned four-wheeler, dead at the scene.

A toxicology report released this week showed that Zmuginsky had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.209 at the time of his death — above the legal driving limit of .08, according to Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans.

In addition to the alcohol, Zmuginsky had small amounts of cocaine and marijuana in his system, Evans said.

An initial autopsy from June showed that Zmuginsky died from a broken neck.


  • Joe Smith

    No offense to the family for my comment coming up and I hope he rests in peace and it is aimed at the reporting of the Chronicle but someone with alcohol and drugs in their system and driving a vehicle are not victims.

  • Tracey Light

    WOW – slow news day??? First off Tim passed in July so before you post stories maybe get your facts straight. Second – what is the point of this article? He was on his property, no one else was put in danger. All this article will do is reopen wounds for those of us that knew Tim. Keep it classy CT

  • Cathy Hutchison

    I held this paper at a higher standard than the morning journal but y’all just followed suit. Are you going to post everyone’s toxicology reports from now on? as Tracey pointed out he was on his own family property and he didn’t hurt anyone else, so what’s point of this article? To tear at his family and friends hearts a month later when are still going thru it

    The chronicle is actually a little worse than the journal in this instance. They are downright disrespectful they called his family and asked them if they have any comment on this “article”, are you flipping serious!?!!! You were asked not to publish this and you still did. Do you not have a soul? KARMA will have her day with you!

    I can only hope everyone that loved and knew Timmy will cancel their subscription to your paper