Auburn High School assistant principal dies after possible heart attack in car

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comApril 6, 2014 

Robert Anthony Jeter, 47, an assistant principal at Auburn High School in Auburn, Ala., died Saturday after suffering a possible heart attack while driving his car.

Jeter was also the defensive coordinator of the Auburn High football team.

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said in a news release Jeter was pronounced dead in the East Alabama Medical Center emergency room at 11:51 a.m.

According to Harris, it was approximately 11:18 a.m. Saturday when Opelika police and East Alabama Medical Center EMS responded to a call of a single vehicle accident at Birmingham Highway and Dunlop Drive.

Upon arrival, they found Jeter, who lived in Auburn, behind the wheel of his vehicle and he was clutching his chest.

The rescue personnel were unable to gain entry and had to bust the window.

Jeter went unresponsive and into cardiac arrest as he was being removed from the vehicle.

He was then rushed to the hospital. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Harris said, that according to witness accounts, Jeter appeared to grab his chest as he left the roadway.

He was wearing a seat belt and there were no signs of trauma. It is believed that he suffered a heart attack.

The coroner said Jeter had fairly extensive heart problems.

The incident was investigated by the Opelika Police and the Lee County Coroner's office and no post mortem exam is planned.

Central High School football coach Woodrow Lowe said on Sunday that he did not know Jeter well and that his death is a "really sad thing."

Jeter's funeral service will be handled by Peterson and Williams Funeral Home in Opelika, Ala.

Funeral service arrangements have not been made yet.

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