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Man Chokes to Death on Marijuana

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[Another marijuana-related fatality! This should go down with the man who
was killed by a bale of marijuana that fell from an airplane - DG]

Texas Man Chokes to Death on Marijuana
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November 20, 2003 10:26 AM EST

FORT WORTH, Texas - A man changing a flat tire choked to death on a bag of
marijuana he had stuffed down his throat in an apparent attempt to hide it
from police who stopped to help him, authorities said.

Nickolas Sandoval, 24, died Wednesday.

Officers were unaware at first Sandoval had drugs when they spotted him on
the highway in Corinth, about 45 miles northeast of Fort Worth, said Corinth
police Cpl. Frank Lott.

"Officers went from 'Oh, hey, here is someone with a flat tire' to 'Hey,
this guy is choking,'" Lott told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Sandoval, of Ponder, was pronounced dead at a hospital. Cause of death:
"asphyxiation due to aspiration of plastic bag," according to a spokeswoman
for the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office.

Sandoval was convicted at least three times of marijuana possession, and
pleaded guilty two years ago to a drunken-driving charge.