Medical Examiner says helmet would not have saved boy's life

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - There were gruesome details in court about how an 11-year-old boy died last June. Dylan Geitgey was hit by a car while riding his bike. Among other charges, Angela Baumia is charged with drunk driving and murder for her part in that accident.

The doctor who performed the autopsy took the stand around lunch time and described how Dylan bled out and his brain injury.

"The cause of death in Dylan is due to the blunt force injuries he received when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle," said Dr. Amy Burrows, the Asst. Medical Examiner who performed his autopsy.

Dylan's family sat in the courtroom during Beckham's testimony. Dr. Borrows said there was blood loss through the groin, back knee, and tongue from when he bit it. Dylan also had a head injury.

"There's not enough blood getting to the brain," said Beckham. "So the brain isn't getting the oxygen that it needs, so the brain cells will start dying and the brain will stop functioning like it should."

The prosecutor did ask if a helmet would have helped.

"There's been some discussion about helmets and such and there's been testimony that Dylan was not wearing one," said prosecutor Leland Hulbert. "If he was wearing a helmet would he still be alive today?"

"I do not believe so," responded Beckham.

Baumia faces a murder charge after police say she ran down Dylan on his bike in Fincastle and that she was drunk behind the wheel.

"It is my understanding that the blood alcohol if you were to convert that to breath alcohol it would be 0.202," said Baptist East nurse Lauren Lincoln of Baumia.

The accident happened just after 8 p.m., but the BAC test wasn't taken until 10:49 p.m. Louisville Metro Police requested others be taken at 11:30 and midnight, which show a blood alcohol level dropped to .14 and .12 respectively.

"Is that normal for her levels to continue going down as the longer time passes?" asked Hulbert.

Lincoln responded yes. Under oath, Lincoln also said that Baumia appeared intoxicated, but the defense asked her to check her notes.

"You did not check that she was confused," said defense attorney Elgin Crull. "You did not check that she was combative or unresponsive. You did not check that her speech was slurred or her face drooped."

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