Elderly man's death ruled accidental

Elderly man's death ruled accidental

NORTHFIELD VILLAGE, OH (WOIO) - The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has released the cause of death for an 81-year-old Northfield man who died after being dropped by Northfield Village firefighters.

The Medical Examiner has ruled that Charles Borton died from blunt impact to the head with skull and brain injuries, and hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

The manner of death is ruled accidental.

Borton was being transported on March 26, a rainy day, from his home on Cambridge Drive for a medical emergency. While moving Borton from the house to the ambulance, paramedics hit a pothole and the cot tipped over, causing Borton to hit his head.

He died on March 29 at Hillcrest Hospital.

An investigation by the Northfield Village Fire Department revealed that the incident was the result of an extremely unfortunate and unintentional accident that occurred in the course of providing emergency medical care to the patient, according to Chief Jason Buss.

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