Lucas County sheriff deputy dies from injuries

Deputy Sheriff Querino Espino
Deputy Sheriff Querino Espino

Reported by Lisa Rantala email

Posted by Kate Oatis email

TOLEDO (WTOL) - A Lucas County sheriff's deputy died over the weekend, and local law enforcement agencies are now investigating.

Deputy Sheriff Querino Espino, 35, died Friday due to cranial cerebral trauma, according to the Lucas County coroner. Espino worked at the Lucas County Jail and had been with the department for 10 years.

The coroner tells us Espino went to Johnny's Restaurant on Talmadge and Sylvania and got drunk with his friends. After leaving the restaurant, the coroner says Espino jumped out of the moving Jeep and hit the back of his head on the road. The coroner says Espino was immediately knocked unconcious and that other drivers had to swerve out of the way to avoid hitting him.

That's when the TPD says their officers received a call about an intoxicated man on the road in that area. When officers arrived, the coroner says Espino's friends had already put him back in the Jeep.

The coroner says there was a delay in getting Espino to the hospital because his friends claim they never saw him bleeding. She also says she cannot rule on the case just yet due to inconsistencies about what happened that night.

TPD says they're also gathering information but are not investigating the death as a criminal matter. However, we're told Espino's family does suspect foul play.