GNADENHUTTEN — David Robinson, 62, died from post-traumatic meningitis due to complications of facial bone trauma, according to Gary Guenther, chief investigator for Summit County Medical Examiner Dr. Lisa Kohler.
Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Ryan Styer said the case will go to the grand jury.
The October death of a Gnadenhutten-area man who was beaten while mowing his lawn has been ruled a homicide by the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.
David Robinson, 62, died from post-traumatic meningitis due to complications of facial bone trauma, according to Gary Guenther, chief investigator for Summit County Medical Examiner Dr. Lisa Kohler.
Robinson died in an Akron hospital Oct. 29, a week after he was reportedly beaten by a man who was driving by his home on Petry Hill Road SE. A report from the the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s office said Joshua D. Lippencott, 30, of the Gnadenhutten area, got out of his vehicle and attacked Robinson because Robinson had pulled his mower into the road to turn around.
The victim told a deputy that he looked both ways before proceeding into the road, but was almost hit by a vehicle that had been traveling at a high rate of speed.
No charges have been filed yet against Lippencott for the Oct. 22 incident.
"We do intend to present the matter to the grand jury," said Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Ryan Styer. "We’re still waiting on the final autopsy report."
Styer said his office has so far received only a death certificate from the medical examiner.
Lippencott is currently incarcerated in the Belmont Correctional Institution on an unrelated theft conviction. He is scheduled to stay in prison until June 20, 2019.
The Summit County medical examiner’s ruling was finalized June 15.
The deputy’s account of the beating, reported to have occurred around 4:20 pm., said, in part, "David stated that the male subject exited the vehicle and began yelling at him. David stated that the male subject then punched him in the right side of the face blackening his eye and (bloodying) his nose."
The victim said that a woman who had been traveling with his assailant ran to him for help before he was punched. After Robinson was hit, the woman ran into his home and locked the door.
The suspect then left the scene in his vehicle.
The woman who had been with Lippencott said she had been involved in a "domestic altercation" with him.
Robinson suffered broken facial bones in the Oct. 22 assault. He was initially taken to Trinity Hospital Twin City in Dennison, then went to Aultman Hospital in Canton before returning to his home.
On the evening of Oct. 26, Robinson was taken from his home to Summa Akron City Hospital by helicopter after he had fallen and was not acting right, according to a report from the Tuscarawas sheriff’s department.
Meningitis symptoms can include irritability, light sensitivity, headache, stiff neck, mental confusion, fast breathing, fast heart rate, fear of loud sounds, headache, sleepiness, sluggishness or stiff back.
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