MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Virginia man who died in May after crashing into a Berkeley County school bus on Interstate 81 was abusing drugs that were not prescribed to him, according to findings released by the state medical examiner’s office.
Mark Allen Diggs, 42, of Front Royal, Va., died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries in the May 2 crash, the state medical examiner’s office said in an autopsy report, which West Virginia State Police Cpl. J.B. Flanigan received recently.
“Contributing to the accident causation (cause) is abuse of non-prescribed oxycodone and alprazolam,” said Flanigan, quoting from the autopsy report he received from Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Matrina Schmidt and Chief Medical Examiner James Kaplan.
Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain and alprazolam, more commonly known by the Xanax brand name, is prescribed for anxiety disorders or panic disorders.