Wednesday, July 28, 2010

PA: Man With Autism Left in Hot Car by Caregiver Die

Man With Autism Left in Hot Car by Caregiver Dies

Disabled man spent more than 5-hours in car as temps soared over 150-degrees

Updated 11:21 AM EDT, Tue, Jul 27, 2010

Investigators want to know how a man with autism could be left inside a van for hours in the intense heat just steps from the facility where he lived.

The unidentified 20-year-old man died after spending more than five hours inside a van operated by Woods Services in Middletown Township, Pa. last Saturday, police say.

The man, whose autism left him unable to speak, was in the backseat of the van for a return trip from Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa. with three other residents and two caregivers.

Once back on the grounds of the facility, two of the residents were taken inside by one caregiver, police said.

Authorities say an unidentified man with autism...


When it was determined the man was missing, staff conducted a search of the buildings and subsequently the vehicle where he was found dead.


The driver of the van and a coworker were both suspended after the man's death. Investigators are also looking into the possibility of whether criminal charges are warranted in the case.

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