Woman Froze to Death as Helpless Husband Lay Nearby She went out to help him after he fell from wheelchair By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Jan 19, 2016 11:13 AM CST 33 comments Comments Stock photo (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Authorities in central Georgia say a 74-year-old woman froze to death after she tried to help her wheelchair-bound husband outside their home. Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills tells local news outlets that Maria Riffe died Thursday while her immobile husband was about 20 yards from her, each unable to help the other. Roy Riffe, 86, was in a motorized wheelchair going down the concrete walkway at their home when he ran off the walkway and fell out of the wheelchair. Sills says Maria Riffe, who relied on a walker, fell while trying to help her husband, leaving both helpless. Investigators say Roy Riffe was likely able to survive the night because he was wearing a jacket and fleece pants. His wife was only wearing a dress.