One of Seattle’s traffic enforcement people takes her job very seriously. Spotting an overparked vehicle in a two-hour zone, she noticed that the vehicle was occupied. She tapped on the window but the occupant did not respond. So she issued a $42 parking ticket and placed it on the windshield. It was later determined that the guy was DOA when his lifeless body was discovered by his girlfriend.
In a recent article it also stated that:
Medics were dispatched at 12:47 p.m., but the man was unconscious and unresponsive when they arrived, Fire Department spokeswoman Dana Vander Houwen said.
The driver was Derek Michael Eldridge, 36, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. The office is waiting for tests before releasing his cause and manner of death, though police say there was no sign of homicidal violence. Eldridge’s exact time of death was not released Wednesday.
Parking enforcement officers have radios and a reasonable expectation to call for help in an emergency.
But police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said it’s not uncommon for parking enforcement officers to find people asleep in their cars. The woman, a 29-year parking enforcement veteran, did nothing wrong in the circumstances, he said.
The ticket issued was Eldrige’s first parking ticket in Seattle Municipal Court, records show. The ticket was voided about an hour and a half after he was pronounced dead.
One would have thought that the veteran parking enforcement person would have taken the opportunity to check further on the man’s welfare. It would have been a simple matter to contact dispatch and have a cop respond to check on the man. Just my 2 cents.
I smell lawsuit! What do you think?