A man who was pronounced dead shortly after his truck slammed through the front of a church south of Weatherford Thursday morning didn’t die of injuries sustained in the crash.
Instead, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled, 69-year-old Melton McCowen’s death was natural and a result of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
McCowen, a Weatherford resident, was at the wheel of a red Ford F150 southbound in the 2600 block of Tin Top Road when the truck left the roadway and traveled several hundred feet through a rock embankment and two fences before entering Christ the King Covenant Church.
A church secretary at work a few feet from where the truck stopped was uninjured, though the wreck caused significant damage to the building.
McCowen was not breathing and had no pulse when a volunteer firefighter next door arrived on scene.
McCowen, a father and husband, was reported to be a custom spur and bit maker and an avid hunter.