Heidi Montag Doc's Fatal Crash Not Due to Texting: Cops

By Greg Wilson
|  Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 2:16 PM CDT
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CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 07: Dr. Frank Ryan arrives at the 17th Annual Race to Erase MS event co-chaired by Nancy Davis and Tommy Hilfiger at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 7, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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It wasn't texting after all that caused the fatal car crash of Heidi Montag's plastic surgeon.

Although there was widespread speculation that Dr. Frank Ryan, who famously performed a marathon 10-operation makeover on Montag, had been texting when he crashed in August, authorities in alibu say there is no evidence to support that.

"His Jeep drifted to the right, ran off the roadway, and overturned down a rocky embankment," says a press release issued Wednesday by the California Highway Patrol. "There was no evidence of any other contributing factors in the cause of this collision."

Ryan was sending a Twitter message about his border collie just before he wrecked his Jeep on the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu, his ex-girlfriend Charmaine Blake told People.

Ryan, 50, whose other clients included Gene Simmons, Vince Neil, Adrianne Curry and Shauna Sand, was killed when his Jeep went off the side of the road. He suffered major head injuries and died at the scene. Just before the accident, Ryan had been hiking near Malibu with his Border Collie, Jill, and shared a photo on Twitter.

"After 25 years of driving by, I finally hiked to the top of the giant sand dune on the pch west of malibu," he wrote. "Much harder than it looks! Whew!"

Selected Reading: Popeater, People.

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