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Investigation into fatal Eau Claire River crash continues

A gold Lincoln Navigator SUV with heavy front end damage is covered by a tarp, and being towed from the Eau Claire River in Schofield, by the Grand Avenue Bridge 6/17/14
A gold Lincoln Navigator SUV with heavy front end damage is covered by a tarp, and being towed from the Eau Claire River in Schofield, by the Grand Avenue Bridge 6/17/14

SCHOFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - There are still lots of unanswered questions about the death of a Wausau area man, after he drove his SUV into the Eau Claire River early Tuesday.

Everest Metro Police are still trying to find out what happened just before 27-year-old Matt Chaignot of Rothschild drove into the water off the Grand Avenue Bridge in Schofield.

Police captain Clayton Schultz says officers may want to check the vehicle's computer, and try to come up with a timeline of where he was. Schultz said Chaignot had contact with a co-worker around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday -- but officers don't know what happened after that.

Also, they're working with Wausau Police to determine if Chaignot was involved in a hit-and-run crash around 2 a.m. on Tuesday. Schultz said it might be hard to match vehicle parts because of heavy front-end damage.

An autopsy showed that drowning was the preliminary cause of Chaignot's death. Toxicology test results are pending. They're expected in about three weeks.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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