A fiery crash killed two Ohio troopers and a young mother in Gallipolis in September. Last week, investigators announced the trooper behind the wheel was driving drunk.
Now, the Ohio State Troopers Association promises its own investigation into the matter. The OSTA is working to prove that Joshua Risner did not drink alcohol the morning of the accident.
The coroner's report showed Risner had a blood alcohol content of .08, but the association in a news release said there is a long list of evidence that proves there was no alcohol in his system.
Risner and fellow trooper Dale Holcomb died in the crash. The woman in the other vehicle, Lori Smith, also died.
***READ THE ENTIRE NEWS RELEASE FROM THE OHIO STATE TROOPERS ASSOCIATION BELOW***
A Statement from Herschel M. Sigall
General Counsel, Ohio State Troopers Association
For Immediate Release
October 17, 2006
RISNER INVESTIGATION INCLUDES HIRING CERTIFIED TOXICOLOGIST
The Ohio State Troopers Association has determined to conduct its own investigation into allegations that Trooper Josh Risner was operating his cruiser under the influence of alcohol prior to the deadly Gallia County crash. The OSTA investigative staff has been given the assignment. In addition, OSTA has determined to retain a qualified toxicologist to conduct an independent review of the analysis and procedures used to produce the blood-alcohol content of Trooper Risner following his death.
An OHP press release issued last Thursday, October 13, 2006, Colonel McClellan announced that an autopsy had established Trooper Josh Risner’s blood–alcohol content at .08 and declared that at .08 Trooper Risner would be “presumed to be driving drunk in Ohio”. (Columbus Dispatch 10/14/06)
What the OHP News Release did not announce was that a body in decomposition will produce ethanol synthesis. Post mortem blood test taken under such conditions will show the existence of alcohol in the blood where no alcohol was consumed. As a noted professor of forensic medicine has said “Distinguishing the dead sober from the dead drunk, is not as simple as it might seem”. Within hours after death bacteria in the body enter the bloodstream. Where, as in the case of Trooper Risner, death was accompanied by hemorrhage and the organ rupture of a violent death, there is provided “particularly fertile conditions for ethanol (alcohol) synthesis.”
Yesterday, Bridget Risner was informed by the OHP that Workers Compensation was contesting her family’s right to Workers Compensation survivor’s benefits.
The current status of our investigation reveals the following facts:
+ Ashland, KY
+ Athens, OH
+ Beckley, WV
+ Charleston, WV
+ Clarksburg, WV
+ Clay, WV
+ Gallipolis, OH
+ Huntington, WV
+ Ironton, OH
+ Logan, WV
+ Morgantown, WV
+ Paintsville, KY
+ Parkersburg, WV
+ Pikeville, KY
+ Pomeroy, OH
+ Ripley, WV
+ Spencer, WV
+ Sutton, WV
+ Wayne, WV
+ Wheeling, WV
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