OCEAN BEACH, CA. The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office changed its ruling on Don Truesdail’s death from ‘suicide’ to accident, as of late January 21st, as reported by the Union-Tribune this morning. Less than 24 hours before Truesdail’s memorial in Ocean Beach was to be held, the Medical Examiner made its change after pressure from the public; family and friends of Truesdail contacted its office and local media to complain. In addition, we at the OB Rag blog, have supported the family’s position that the incident that caused Donnie’s fatal injuries was an accident when he was hit on south-bound I-5 alongside the freeway on January 13th.
Donnie Truesdail’s memorial is tonight, January 22nd, at Portugalia, a restaurant bar at 4839 Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach. The event, organized by his wife Nancy and good friends and musicians, is open to the public and those touched by Donnie, and will start at 6pm.
Controversy has surrounded Truesdail’s death ever since it was reported, as initially, the California Highway Patrol had labeled it a suicide according to “witnesses” and based on its “investigation” that Truesdail’s vehicle had no evidence of malfunction or having been hit. Yet, from evidence seen by OB Rag staff, there was indeed evidence to the contrary, that his vehicle did show signs of malfunction or being struck.
What evidence there was and the claims of Truesdail’s students, family and friends undermined the CHP report of ‘suicide.’ Now, with the Medical Examiner changing its finding, the family can grieve easier.
There is a memorial service back in his home state for Donnie in Owego, New York, on Saturday, January 24th. (For his hometown obituary, go here.)