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Cause of Brawley man's death is

January 19, 2002

still a mystery following autopsy

By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — What caused the death of a 22-year-old Brawley man involved in a traffic accident Wednesday remained a mystery following an autopsy Friday.

Imperial County coroner's investigators said they will have to wait for toxicology results to determine what killed Jose Luis Ulloa, who died hours after he was released from Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley, where he was treated for injuries sustained in the accident.

Coroner's investigators declined to discuss details of the autopsy Friday. They said only that the investigation into Ulloa's death is ongoing pending toxicology results. It could be more than a month before those results are available.

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Ulloa was the driver of a vehicle that collided with a tree near River Road and 11th Street in Brawley on Wednesday. Ulloa suffered a laceration to his head and was taken to Pioneers for treatment.

A 16-year-old male passenger sustained minor injuries in the accident. He was taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center. Information on his condition was unavailable Saturday.

Ulloa, after being treated at Pioneers, was released from the hospital.

About 3:45 a.m. Thursday, he was found unconscious in the bathroom of his residence on the 600 block of North 11th Street.

Police and emergency response units tried to resuscitate Ulloa but were unsuccessful.

Richard Mendoza, Pioneers' chief executive officer, said Friday he could not comment on Ulloa's death.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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