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updated: 6/25/2014 7:19 AM

Man who drove into pond, died, had medical problem

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- A northeastern Indiana coroner says a man who died after he drove his van into a pond had been stricken with a sudden medical problem just before the accident.

But the Allen County coroner's office didn't say Tuesday what specific medical crisis 32-year-old Elijah M. Tanner suffered June 5 before his van entered the post.

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The Journal Gazette reports that Tanner's van ended up about 50 feet into the pond and was submerged when rescuers arrived. Tanner was taken in critical condition to a local hospital, where he died.

His death was Allen County's seventh traffic-related death this year.

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