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Bus driver died from medical condition - autopsy

Published: 11:51AM Tuesday May 01, 2012 Source: ONE News/Fairfax

A Wellington bus driver found dead at a bus depot is believed to have died as a result of a medical condition.

Sixty-four-year-old Epuni bus driver Herman Curry was found unconscious, with blood on his face, at the Waterloo Interchange Bus Depot on Friday night. The cash box from the bus was missing.

Ambulance staff tried to save the man who had serious head injuries but he died at the scene.

It was initially thought he died as a result of assault, however police say preliminary results of a post-mortem examination indicate he died from natural causes.

Police said yesterday the autopsy showed no evidence of "any form of assault or act of violence".

An unemployed 20-year-old from Waiwhetu appeared in the Lower Hutt District Court this morning charged with stealing Curry's cash box.

He was one of four young men who turned themselves in to police on Sunday following the death.

The man was granted interim name suppression and remanded on bail to appear in court again later this month.

A 17-year-old man has also been charged with the theft of the cash box while two teens aged 15 and 16 were referred to Youth Aid on Sunday.

Police are not seeking anyone else in connection to the death, however, Detective Inspector Darrin Thomson told Newstalk ZB the investigation is far from over.

He said police are interested in hearing from any witnesses to a blue-coloured Toyota Previa in the Cudby and Pohutukawa Street area between 9pm and 10pm on Friday evening.

Results of a post-mortem examination showed no evidence of injuries consistent with any type of assault, Thomson said.

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