Woman Dies While Napping in Car Between Jobs
Maria Fernandes apparently overwhelmed by carbon monoxide, gas fumes
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2014 7:34 AM CDT
   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Maria Fernandes pulled into a Wawa parking lot Monday morning to take a nap between jobs—the 32-year-old Newark, NJ, woman had four of them—but she left her car running as she slept. Eight hours later, she was found dead in the car, apparently overwhelmed by carbon monoxide and fumes from a gas can that had overturned, police say. Fernandes, who sometimes finished an overnight shift at 6am and napped in her car before heading to her next shift, kept the gas in her car because she sometimes ran out. She had been saving money, a co-worker says, and had just recently purchased the Kia Sportage in which she died. Before that, she got from job to job via buses and trains, the Star-Ledger reports. Monday was the first day of work she'd ever missed, the New York Daily News reports.

"This sounds like someone who tried desperately to work and make ends meet, and met with a tragic accident," a police lieutenant tells the Star-Ledger. A co-worker agrees, telling the paper, "She used to work like three shifts every day. Sometimes she wouldn't sleep for five days." Authorities were called to the scene at 3:51pm after someone noticed Fernandes in the car, and when emergency workers got inside—all the windows and doors had been closed—they noticed a chemical odor. Though Fernandes' official cause of death has yet to be determined, police do not suspect foul play. (Last year, a teen whose brother left her sleeping in a car before school also died tragically.)

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Woman Dies While Napping in Car Between Jobs is...
4%
2%
85%
2%
4%
3%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 149 comments
springer
Aug 30, 2014 6:20 PM CDT
Obama's new America - no more full time jobs.
People_Suck
Aug 30, 2014 6:15 PM CDT
This type of death has happened since the invention of the car heater. I just don't get how people still don't know about Carbon Monoxide.
whataworld37
Aug 30, 2014 12:07 PM CDT
Another lazy hispanic working four jobs. We have to do all we can to keep these people out of our country. It is an invasion of hard-working hispanics that must be stopped at all costs if America is ever going to survive.