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Accidental Through and Through Penetrating Injury to the Neck

Koehler, Steven A. PhD, MPH; Shakir, Abdulrezak MD; Williams, Karl E. MD, MPH

American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3181875aed
Case Reports

We present the case of a 24-year-old driver who died when a metal pole entered the front windshield, traveled through the victim's neck, and then exited via the back windshield. This case illustrated an unusually penetration injury and the importance of a through and complete death scene investigation.

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From the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office, Pittsburgh, PA.

Manuscript received June 1, 2007; accepted September 14, 2007.

Reprints: Karl Williams, MD, MPH, 1520 Penn. Ave. Pittsburg, PA 15222. E-mail:

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.