Autopsy: Seaman student Andrew Green died from suicide in head-on crash

Andrew Green, a 16-year-old Seaman High School junior, died from suicide on Jan. 17 in a two-vehicle, head-on crash near N.W. 46th and Camden Lane. (January 2017 file photo/Phil Anderson/The Capital-Journal)

Emily Rhoades said she felt a sense of calm she hadn’t expected after reading her teenaged brother’s suicide note.

 

The letter written by 16-year-old Seaman High School student Andrew Green wasn’t sad, said his 21-year-old sister.

Instead, she recalled, it said: “I want to see the other side. I want to see what’s beyond this world.”

Rhoades spoke with The Capital-Journal after the Shawnee County District Court Clerk’s office on Monday released the autopsy report for Green, who was pronounced dead at 7:50 a.m. Jan. 17 after the car he’d been driving and another vehicle collided in the 2600 block of N.W. 46th.

Charles Glenn, Shawnee County district coroner, concluded Green’s cause of death was blunt trauma injuries and his manner of death was suicide.

Green wrote multiple suicide notes around the time of the collision, the report said. Green wasn’t wearing a seat belt when the vehicle he was driving left its lane and collided head-on with another vehicle, it added.

“According to a witness, the vehicle did not attempt to brake or correct back into the other lane,” the report said.

No drugs or alcohol were found in Green’s system, it said.

District Court Clerk Angela Callahan’s office, which received the autopsy report Monday afternoon from Glenn’s office, released a copy later that afternoon in response to a request from The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones’ office said Jan. 17 that Green died after a gray Pontiac Grand Am he was driving eastbound went left of center and was involved in a collision with a westbound Dodge pickup truck.

The pickup truck’s driver suffered injuries, but survived. Neither driver had any passengers.

The autopsy report’s assertion that Green wasn’t wearing a seat belt conflicted with Jones’ statement the day of the collision that the youth had been wearing a seat belt.

The pickup driver was wearing a seat belt, Jones said.

Rhoades described her brother Monday evening as the smartest, most intellectual person she’d ever known.

“He was fun, he was loving, he had a heart of gold,” she said. “He had a wonderful girlfriend he loved, and she loved him.”

Green didn’t seem to feel emotion the way other people feel emotion, his sister added.

“I don’t want people to think that my brother left this world because he was sad, because that’s not it,” she said. “He almost felt like it wasn’t for him.”

Rhoades said she wanted people to know that sometimes people die of suicide without showing signs in advance.

“Treasure every moment you have with someone, because you never know what’s going through their mind,” she said. “You never know what’s going to happen.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.

Contact reporter Tim Hrenchir at (785) 295-1184 or @timhrenchir on Twitter.

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