New Year?s Day fatality caused by punctured heart
Autopsy results showed that James R. Tanner, the Rhinelander man killed early New Year’s Day, died of a punctured heart.
Tanner suffered a fractured sternum and part of the fractured sternum punctured his heart.
With the findings, the Rhinelander Police Department has concluded its investigation into the matter and forwarded their findings to the Oneida County District Attorney to determine charges.
Tanner, 48, was involved in an altercation the night he died at Sackett’s Bar.
According to reports, Tanner was involved in a conversation with John A. Klucarich, 62, of Rhinelander, when Tanner allegedly struck Klucarich in the head sending Klucarich to the ground.
Gregory C. Dryden, 59, of Rhinelander was the DJ at the bar for the New Year’s Eve celebration and witnessed the altercation and allegedly grabbed Tanner and drove him into the bar, breaking bottles and glasses and ending up with both men on the floor.
Klucarich was transported to the hospital where he was later released. Tanner was taken into the ambulance at the scene but died shortly after.
While the investigation is completed, the Rhinelander Police Department is asking anyone who witnessed the incident but has not spoken with police to call them at 715-365-5300.