I had every intention to blog today but after reading the papers, I couldn’t. I could not shake the image of the old lady out of my head. Scratching the car to try and pull herself up. She screamed, people heard but nobody bothered to go outside to check. Nobody even bothered to call 911 to let the cops know that something might be wrong.
“A 66-year-old woman with dementia who wandered outside in bone-chilling temperatures has died hours after her calls on an east-end Toronto street were ignored, police say. Police patrolling the area were alerted about the woman, who was found near a car in the driveway of a home lying face up by a woman delivering newspapers.
Her collapse was “probably” brought on by hypothermia, said Toronto police Sgt. David Dube. Her coat was found lying nearby. Neighbours heard the woman crying out in distress at around 2 a.m. but no one called 911 or came to her aid, Dube said.
Police said finger marks could be seen on a vehicle in the driveway where the woman had likely tried to pull herself up off of the ground.”
Why did nobody call the cops? If you hear screaming at 2am would you look out the window? If you were not sure, would you go downstairs and turn on a porch light to see?
The lady had been reported missing and I wonder how many times before she had left the home on her own. Were police actively looking for her? Did her family alert the people in their street to be on the look out as well?
If you read the comments it is clear that some people heard her scream and admitted that they didn’t do anything. Maybe they didn’t think she needed help or maybe they did not suspect a tragedy?
I cannot imagine how lonely and abandoned this lady must have felt. My heart goes out to her family.