New Smyrna Beach cops: Motorist, 71, dies shortly after single vehicle crash that may have been result of medical episode

Motorist killed in crash in 300 block of Dixie Freeway / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer locator map / Harold Lynn Nolder struck a utility pole in the 300 block of North Dixie Freeway in New Smyrna Beach at 9:34 a.m. Saturday that may have been the result of a medical ep[isode leading to the 71-year-old man's death a short time later, police said.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- A 71-year-ol motorist died shortly after transport to Florida Hospital New Smyrna Beach on Saturday morning after crashing his motor vehivcle into a utility pole that may have been precipitated by a medical episode, New Smyrna Beach cops said.

Here is a symopsis of what occurred that led to the death of Harold Lynn Nolder as described by NSBPD Lt. Shane Riggle in an email to alert to Headline Surfer: 

At around 9:34 a.m. (Staturday)  morning, New Smyrna Beach Police were dispatched to a call in reference to a single vehicle motor vehicle accident with injuries. The vehicle, occupied solely by its driver Harold L. Nolder, was traveling northbound in the 300 block of North Dixie Freeway when for unknown reasons the vehicle left the roadway striking a utility pole," Riggle wrote in his email. 

"Mr. Nolder was treated for life threatening injuries on scene by New Smyrna Beach Fire/Rescue," Riggle continued, adding, "Mr. Nolder was unable to be stabilized on scene and was transported to Florida Hospital New Smyrna Beach by New Smyrna Beach Fire/Rescue. However, life-saving efforts failed and Mr. Nolder was pronounced deceased a short time later by the ER doctor. It is suspected that Mr. Nolder suffered from an unknown medical episode prior to the crash.

NSBPD Lt. Shane Riggle / Headline SurferHere is a symopsis of what occurred that led to the death of Harold Lynn Nolder as described by NSBPD Lt. Shane Riggle, shown here, in an email alert to Headline Surfer:

 At around 9:34 a.m. (Staturday)  morning, New Smyrna Beach Police were dispatched to a call in reference to a single vehicle motor vehicle accident with injuries. The vehicle, occupied solely by its driver Harold L. Nolder, was traveling northbound in the 300 block of North Dixie Freeway when for unknown reasons the vehicle left the roadway striking a utility pole," Riggle wrote in his email. 

"Mr. Nolder was treated for life threatening injuries on scene by New Smyrna Beach Fire/Rescue," Riggle continued, adding, "Mr. Nolder was unable to be stabilized on scene and was transported to Florida Hospital New Smyrna Beach by New Smyrna Beach Fire/Rescue. However, life-saving efforts failed and Mr. Nolder was pronounced deceased a short time later by the ER doctor. It is suspected that Mr. Nolder suffered from an unknown medical episode prior to the crash.

An investigation is under way to see if that was the case, Riggle said. 

Anyone with information is asked to call New Smyrna Beach Police at 386-424-2220.

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