A 20-year-old severely autistic man and resident at Woods Services in Langhorne, PA, died of hyperthermia on July 24. He was left in a van for five hours on a day where the outside temperature reached 97 degrees and the temperature in the van could have risen to 29 degrees above that. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, police are investigating the tragic death. A counselor at the facility who was responsible for Nevins has been suspended and may face charges for leaving Nevins in the van.
The Woods facility provides services for people with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. On July 24, Woods counselors took Nevins and three other residents to Sesame Place, in Langhorne. Each counselor was responsible for two residents.
After returning to Woods Services from Sesame Place, Nevins’ counselor left work and it wasn’t until a nurse looking to give medications to Nevins realized he was missing.
This is the second recent death at the Woods Services. A 17-year-old resident died in November when he was struck by at least two cars after he fell or jumped from a highway overpass.
The deceased man’s family would be well advised to seek the advice of a Pennsylvania wrongful death attorney who could determine if there was any negligence on the part of the care facility. These types of accidents should never occur.
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