An assistant for musician Kid Rock was intoxicated from alcohol at more than twice the legal driving limit when he died in an ATV accident, according to a newly released medical examiner’s report.
The report puts the blood-alcohol content for Michigan native Michael Sacha, 30, at more than 0.20% at the time of his death; the legal limit to operate a vehicle in Tennessee is 0.08. Sacha died in late April when he crashed an all-terrain vehicle on the suburban Nashville property of Kid Rock, whose legal name is Robert Ritchie.
Sacha suffered significant injuries to his head and neck from the wreck, according to the report.
“Based on the circumstances and the collective findings, it is my opinion that the cause of death in this case is blunt-force trauma; the manner is an accident,” states the report, which Assistant Medical Examiner Emily Dennison wrote.
Ritchie discovered Sacha’s body April 25 on the rock star’s Nashville-area property. The autopsy, provided by the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s office, stated Sacha was found down a steep ravine off Rock’s driveway and that the accident severed his brain from his spinal cord in several areas.
Sacha reportedly graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2008 with a business administration degree. He launched BuyMichLocal, an online business directory. He also worked as a multimedia account executive at Michigan.com, which runs business operations for the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News.
At one point, Sacha lived in Royal Oak.
Kid Rock’s 911 call: ‘I need an ambulance’
Police on Tuesday released the 911 call made by Robert Ritchie better known as Kid Rock, after the singer discovered the body of his assistant Michael Sacha, 30, Monday in the driveway of his sprawling Nashville estate.
“I need an ambulance,” Ritchie frantically tells a female dispatcher during the 11:32 a.m. phone call to Metro Nashville police and fire dispatch. “I think my assistant looks to be dead from a Polaris accident…There’s a body lying next to it.”
“Can you repeat the address? the dispatcher asks. “Your phone appears to be broken up.”
At some point, an unidentified female gets on the line and says she and Richie were headed to the airport when they found Sacha.
“We woke up, and he wasn’t in the house and we came to look for him,” the woman says. “It’s not like him not to be up early. Oh my God, can you just please send somebody. He’s off to the side of the driveway… We have an ATV, we heard the engine running. It’s in the trees and it’s still running. We didn’t touch anything. I can’t look but he appears to be dead.
The dispatcher asks the woman to check and see if Sacha is still breathing.
“I don’t want to look but I don’t think he’s alive,” the woman said.
Ritchie and a friend found Sacha on an embankment late Monday morning, Metro police said.
Brian Haas, public information officer with the Nashville Fire Department, said they responded to the call on Knight Drive and found a man lying face down on the side of a driveway. The man, later identified as Sacha, was already deceased by the time the fire department arrived.
Sacha is believed to have died after ferrying guests on the ATV to a cookout on Rock’s Whites Creek estate to an Uber at the property’s driveway around midnight Monday, Metro police said. He apparently lost control of the vehicle and crashed on his way back to the residence, police said.
In a statement, Rock said he is “beyond devastated.”