Cause of Death Determined for Savannah Chrisley's Ex Nic Kerdiles as Police Rule Fatal Crash Accidental

The former pro hockey player died in a motorcycle accident in Nashville on Sept. 23

<p>Kevin Winter/Getty; Paul Archuleta/Getty</p> Savannah Chrisley and Nic Kerdiles

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Savannah Chrisley and Nic Kerdiles

The cause of Nic Kerdiles' death has been determined.

PEOPLE has confirmed the former NHL pro's death was ruled accidental and was caused by multiple blunt traumatic injuries — including broken bones, bruising of the brain and abrasions — resulting from his motorcycle crash in Nashville on Sept. 23.

PEOPLE has also reached out to the Nashville City Medical Examiner regarding a TMZ report that Kerdiles, who was 29, had illegal amounts of alcohol in his system.

According to an autopsy report obtained by the outlet, there was evidence of ethanol in the athlete's bloodstream at the time of the accident and his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was estimated to be 0.124. Tennessee state laws dictate that driving with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher is illegal.

Related: Savannah Chrisley Clings to 'Signs' from Nic Kerdiles as She Comes to Terms with His Death: 'This Isn't Fair'

Nic Kerdiles/Instagram Nic Kerdiles takes a selfie.
Nic Kerdiles/Instagram Nic Kerdiles takes a selfie.

At the time of Kerdiles' death, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department told WRKN News 2 that he'd run through a stop sign in a residential area north of the Tennessee capital while on his Indian Motorcycle at around 3:30 a.m.

According to the outlet, police said Kerdiles hit the driver's side of the BMW, who did not seem to be injured from the crash, but Kerdiles was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

Related: Savannah Chrisley Pays Tribute to Late Ex-Fiancé Nic Kerdiles: 'Heaven Gained the Most Beautiful Angel'

Kerdiles began dating reality star Savannah Chrisley in 2017. The pair got engaged in 2019, but they called off the wedding in July 2020. "Nic and I have been together for two and a half years. We're just trying to find our place in this world," Chrisley, now 26, told PEOPLE at the time.

"We're working on ourselves in order to be better for each other. I like to say our relationship is unique and we're kind of marching to our own beat," she said, adding that they were still together at that point but had "rushed into things way too fast" and now "want to make sure we're both in a healthy place."

<p>Paul Archuleta/Getty</p> Savannah Chrisley and Nic Kerdiles

Paul Archuleta/Getty

Savannah Chrisley and Nic Kerdiles

Related: Savannah Chrisley Says Late Ex-Fiancé Nic Kerdiles Had 'a Huge Impact' on Her Life: 'You’ll Be Missed'

Following the news of his sudden death, Chrisley shared multiple emotional tributes honoring Kerdiles, the first of which was a Boomerang on her Instagram Story of the two sharing a sweet kiss.

"I'm still hoping you respond to my text…," she wrote above the clip before later sharing a beachside pic of the pair with the caption. "Heaven gained the most beautiful angel today … I miss and love you. I'll forever save our last messages of 'I love you.'"

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The Unlocked podcast host eventually posted a more extensive tribute, noting how Kerdiles' untimely death wasn't "fair."

"We had some really great, bright moments, and we had some really hard ones," she wrote in an Instagram post, "but the part of our relationship I will hold on to will always be the moments in the middle."

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