Updated: March 5, 2013 10:20PM
TERRE HAUTE (AP) — A heart attack might have caused a weekend wreck involving a former Terre Haute mayor and her husband, who died just before the car crashed.
Former Mayor Judy Anderson’s husband, Brent, was driving a car that veered off U.S. 40 and struck a cargo trailer and a tree Sunday. Brent Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 72, the same age as Judy Anderson. An autopsy found that he died from a heart attack, Putnam County Coroner Dave Brown said Monday.
Judy Anderson, Terre Haute’s mayor from 2000 to 2004, was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital. She remained in good condition Tuesday with head and other injuries.
Brent Anderson taught in Vigo County schools and was a former athletic coach in the area. He was inducted into the Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010.
Judy Anderson told the Tribune-Star in 2002 that she was “very, very fortunate to have Brent as a spouse,” and that he was very supportive of her role in government.
The couple’s son, Luke, thanked the public for their support after the accident. He told the Tribune-Star his family is grateful for the prayers and support his mother is receiving.
“She did sustain a lot of injuries, but she is stable and resting comfortably,” Luke said. “We are asking the public to respect our privacy and allow us time to grieve for our father and time to help our mother heal and get her back to where she needs to be.”
Brown said Brent Anderson was dead before the impact from the crash, so the blunt force trauma to his head and upper body did not contribute to his death.
Investigators said no skid marks or brake marks were found on or along U.S. 40 where the Andersons’ car went off the road.