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DeKalb man’s death ruled accidental; cause, asphyxiation

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DEKALB — The autopsy of a DeKalb man who was killed Monday in an accident with a home-made wood splitter has determined the cause of death was asphyxiation.

State police said Leslie M. Davis, 58, of 908 River Road, was found dead by a family member in the garage of his residence pinned in the wood splitter about 11:30 a.m.

Mr. Davis was pinned between the frame of a homemade wood splitter and the beam of the splitter, state police spokeswoman Trooper Jennifer V. Fleishman said.

“It was accidental, no signs of foul play,” Mrs. Fleishman said.

Richville Fire/First Responder was the first to respond to the scene about 11:40 a.m.

“Mr. Davis was dead for approximately an hour before he was found,” 1st Assistant Chief Mark L. Shippee said. “No life-saving measures taken due to obvious signs of death.”

St. Lawrence County Coroner Joseph E. White arrived on scene and stated the time of death was officially 12:45 p.m.

Dr. Samuel A. Livingstone performed the autopsy at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, on Tuesday and ruled Mr. Davis’s cause of death asphyxiation, due to compression, due to a steel I-beam falling on him.

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