The wife of Colts player Steve Muhammad went into premature labor days after being injured in a car accident and died from excessive bleeding, a coroner ruled yesterday.

An alleged beating by her husband Oct. 28 did not contribute to her death, according to the ruling.

Nichole Muhammad died Sunday, 10 days after her husband was arrested and charged with three counts of battery in the alleged beating of her and their 6-year-old son.

The premature infant was stillborn early Sunday, about 7 1/2 hours before the death of Muhammad, who was five months' pregnant.

John Pless, with Indiana University forensics, said the injuries Muhammad suffered in the alleged beating were to her back and her arm and were "no bigger than a dime and not significant."

However, injuries on her chest and lower abdomen appeared "consistent with a steering wheel she hit in an accident last Thursday," said Marion County Deputy Coroner Frances Kelly.

"At this time, we can say the accident that she had can produce premature pressure and labor," Pless said.

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