Miami County officials nearing end of investigation into accident that killed SM East senior

SM East students comforted each other in the days following senior Tyler Rathbun’s death.

Two and a half months after SM East senior Tyler Rathbun’s death, Miami County law enforcement officials say they are nearing the end of their investigation into the ATV accident that killed him.

Miami County Sheriff’s Department Detective Ronnie Burk said his office is waiting on the results of a series of tests from the lab before it can issue its report on the accident.

“Once the report is complete, we’ll send it to the prosecutor’s office,” Burk said. “They will have the decision to make about what to do from there. It is possible that there will be criminal charges.”

The SM East senior who was driving the ATV when it crashed was hospitalized and released following the accident. The two other teens on board before the crash were not injured.