A New York woman was found dead in a Burger King parking lot in Hackensack, New Jersey, Jan. 25, following a weekend of blizzards.
The 78-year-old woman’s body was discovered at 8:30 a.m. inside her gold Cadillac, which was covered in snow, NJ.com reported.
“She told an employee on [Saturday, Jan. 24] night that she was going to stay parked there because she's afraid to drive in the snow,” Hackensack Police Director Michael Mordaga told NJ.com.
Police have ruled out the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning because the tail pipe of the vehicle was not covered and the car had not been left running.
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The woman, whose name has yet to be released to the media, came from Medford, New York. Police said they were waiting to inform her relatives before releasing further information.
An autopsy to confirm the cause of death is to be carried out. If her death is confirmed to be weather-related, she will be the third person in New Jersey to lose her life as a result of the storm.
At least 37 people died due to the storms across eastern states, including 10 in New York, six in North Carolina, six in Virginia, four in South Carolina, three in Pennsylvania, three in New Jersey, and one each in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Delaware and Washington, D.C., CNN reported. The numbers are expected to rise.
A mother and son died in Passaic, New Jersey, from carbon monoxide poisoning while sitting in a car. The car’s exhaust was blocked by snow, resulting in the gas backing up into the vehicle.
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Most of the deaths were caused while shoveling snow, including a pregnant 18-year-old woman in Pennsylvania and a Staten Island man in New York.
In the major cities hit by the blizzard, life is still returning to normal. Authorities in New York and Washington asked people to stay off the roads if possible to allow crews to clear the snow.
Airlines canceled around 1,800 flights Jan. 25, while around 80 percent of services on New York’s Long Island Railroad were running again.