Man Drove Miles With Dead Wife
December 21, 2011 by staff
Man Drove Miles With Dead Wife, A Canadian man told officials he drove over 200 miles (360 kilometres) this past weekend after his wife passed away in the car while he was driving.
On Dec. 17, the couple was en route to get home to Oliver, B.C., after spending vacation time in Oregon.
Police Chief Robert Burks, Tonasket, Wash., said the man and his wife were in Oregon when the 75-year-old woman fell ill due to an unnamed medical condition. The man was trying to get his wife back home to Oliver, but she passed away near Pasco, Wash., before they could cross the border and get home.
As the 71-year- old man approached the U.S.-Canadian border and realized he might have difficulty crossing the international checkpoint, the driver used his car’s OnStar vehicle emergency system and asked to be placed in touch with border authorities, reported The Wenatchee World.
The responders convinced him to stop in Tonasket, which is about 20 miles south of the Canadian border.
“He wasn’t sure what to do, so he kept driving,” said Chief Burks.
News 1130 reported Burks said, “Rigor mortis had already kind of started to set in. That means she’d been dead for at least a couple hours.”
Burks noted the 75-year-old woman had previously identified medical problems. “There is a history of medical issues that may have contributed to the death,” the officer said, reported The Province.
The woman’s body was then brought to a local hospital and pronounced dead.
There is no cause for suspicion reported Wenatchee World, and an autopsy has not been ordered. News 1130 reported blood samples are being sent foranlysis to “ensure there was nothing out of the ordinary in the woman’s system.”
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