NORTH SHENANGO TOWNSHIP — A Linesville area man and his dog drowned Tuesday night in the lake at Pymatuning State Park when the sport utility vehicle the two were in flipped over and ended up upside down in the water.
Brian Lee Ceglarski, 51, of Hickory Drive, and a Labrador retriever were found drowned inside the overturned vehicle shortly after sundown Tuesday night, according to Scott Schell, Crawford County coroner. The coroner’s office and rangers from Pymatuning State Park are investigating.
The vehicle went into the water and overturned onto its roof in a boat access area in a cove off Forest Drive in North Shenango Township, Schell said. The SUV was found in about 5 feet of water with its four wheels above the waterline, he said.
The SUV was discovered around 9:30 p.m. by a woman who lives in the Forest Drive area, “but we don’t know yet when it went in,” Schell said this morning.
Schell estimated the vehicle’s speed at the time of the crash at no more than 25 miles per hour because of the terrain in the area.
“It’s a narrow dirt road,” Schell said. “It’s only one-car width wide.”
“There was no traumatic injury — it was a cold water drowning,” Schell said. “The family had no information on him having a known medical condition.”
Ceglarski wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was fully clothed in a T-shirt, jeans and shoes, Schell said.
The dog, a black Labrador retriever, was estimated to be approximately 100 pounds, Schell said.
No autopsy will be performed, but toxicology testing will be done on Ceglarski’s remains, Schell said. Toxicology testing is the sampling of tissue, blood and other body fluids.
Test results will take about three weeks to complete, Schell said.