An inquest into John Kircher’s death heard how the 77-year-old was discovered with fractures in his arm, ankle, face and ribs, but he did not remember how he endured the injuries.
Police who were called to the scene on January 13 last year could not determine whether the catcher fell or collided with a car in a possible hit-and-run due to a lack of witnesses, the hearing said.
He was on his way to a corner store near his home on Windmill Road in Croydon when he fell, officials said, but Kircher could not remember anything when he regained consciousness.
The father of four was taken to hospital for treatment but died a week later on February 1 from pneumonia.
Despite door-to-door visits by police and Kircher’s son Lyle, no CCTV footage was found that could provide a breakthrough and no witnesses were called.
Metropolitan Police Detective Sergeant Zoe Hendrick told the hearing: “Two pieces of CCTV were found. Since it was a dark, wet and rainy evening, it was impossible to identify how he got into the street.
After door-to-door inquiries and media appeals, nothing came to light.
Crutcher is said to have had “concerns” about being taken to Croden University Hospital, where doctors found his blood pressure was low.
Two days after admission, he had difficulty breathing and doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia. Her condition worsened rapidly and her breathing deteriorated.
It was also discovered that before his fall, Ketcher had suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and had previously suffered a stroke. On January 17, he was placed on a ventilator and operated on.
Despite the best efforts of the doctors, however, the catcher did not regain consciousness as the drugs were removed and after talking to the family it was decided to put him in the last care of life.
Assistant Coroner Dr. Julian Morris recorded a concluding statement on pneumonia and “traumatic injuries.”
Kircher is known as the father of Meredith, a British student who was killed in 2007 during an exchange trip to Perugia, Italy.
Her then-boyfriend Rafael Solicito and American flatmate Amanda Knox were convicted of murder but later acquitted after being accused of being involved in a sex game. ۔
The two spent about four years in prison but were later released. Knicks returned to the United States in 2011.
She retired in 2014 and was convicted but did not appear in an Italian court. A year later, the decision was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court.
Since returning to Seattle, Knox has written several books in which people have been falsely convicted of crimes, and in 2016 he appeared in a popular Netflix documentary about his case.
Rudy Gowda was also jailed for Meredith’s murder when his fingerprints were found on a blood mark. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison but was released after 12 years – a Knox decision. Publicly taunted last year.
“I know a lot, a lot of people have suffered a lot because of what he did and I still wonder if he’s a forgotten killer,” Ms Knox told ABC News at the time. You don’t have to live with the burden of being forever attached to Meredith’s death, “he said.
Additional reporting by SWNS.