Weather Channel Meteorologist Car Crash Death Ruled a Suicide

Nicholas Wiltgen died from major head and brain injury after deliberately driving through a concrete wall

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Weather Channel meteorologist Nicholas Wiltgen committed suicide, the Fulton County Medical Examiner in Georgia said Tuesday.

According to a statement issued by the medical examiner’s office, Wiltgen died Sunday from major head and brain injury, the result of an intentional act of driving a vehicle through the concrete wall of a parking deck.

“The cause of death is craniocerebral trauma and the manner of death has been classified as suicide,” the medical examiner’s statement read.

Toxicology tests will be performed, though the results will not be available for several weeks.

Wiltgen, 39, died in Atlanta, Georgia. Police said that his car was traveling at a high rate of speed when it broke through a wall and ended up inside the neighboring W Hotel.

A second victim was reportedly struck by the car inside the W’s storage facility and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

“We have lost a treasured member of The Weather Channel family. Nick Wiltgen was at Weather for more than 15 years as a senior digital meteorologist and integral member of our content team,” Weather Company president of product and technology Cameron Clayton said in a statement. “Millions read his work every week and were better for it. He was a dedicated, passionate member of our family and we will miss him deeply. Our heartfelt sympathy is with his family and friends.”

Wiltgen joined the Atlanta-based Weather Channel as a radio forecaster in 2001 and attended the University of Nebraska, according to his LinkedIn profile. He had previously worked at Planalytics for three years.