Maria Fernandes, 32, of Newark, NJ, worked four jobs, including 2 at different Dunkin Donuts stores. In between working, she would usually park in public lots and catch up on sleep. She kept a can of gas in her car due to the fact that she had occasionally run out of gas in the past during her job commutes.
On Monday, Fernandes pulled into a WaWa corner store car park in Elizabeth, NJ, to nap. Worried employees called 911. When emergency workers got there and opened her car door, they were met with a toxic odor. Workers determined that Fernandes was dead and called Hazmat workers to the scene.
Fernandes died from inhaling a fatal mixture of carbon monoxide gas from her car, which was running, and the can of fuel that spilled open in the back of her car.
Elizabeth police Lt. Daniel Saulnier told The Star-Ledger of Newark, “This seems like someone who tried desperately to work and make ends meet, and met with an awful accident.”
The paper acknowledged that, since the 2008 recession, many people have been forced to take on more than one job, which often leaves them with less earnings than full-time work once paid.
Cops said no foul play was suspected. But paying somebody wages so low that she hardly has time to sleep, not to mention get gas, is quite foul.
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