Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Woman dies after company cuts off power to her home

Woman dies after company cuts off power to her home

A New Jersey woman who depended on an oxygen tank to breathe, died after the power company cut off her electricity because of an overdue bill, reports ABC7.

Daniels was able to use a smaller, reserve tank after the electricity was cut off, but the family were forced to call emergency services when that ran out of oxygen. "She was the matriarch of this family - she was the glue that held everything together", said Desiree. Family members remained at her side, fanning her and applying ice packs to her sides to keep her cool. "She suffered and she passed right in front of us".

Paramedics were called to the home during the day and gave Linda oxygen from a portable tank, according to Desiree.

She added, "I'm ex-military, but I couldn't even take a breath".

Washington said her mom paid $500 to the electric company just two days before her death and that her family had notified the electric company of her mother's medical issues.

Washington said her mother's home lost power about 10 a.m. Thursday. We asked them, "Why are you turning off her electric at the pole?"'

Daniels' family told News 12 New Jersey that she suffered from congestive heart failure and had been under hospice care for about three months.

The power to the home has been restored, but the grieving family doesn't understand why the utility company cut off electricity to the house.

The company alleges she didn't pay her bills, but her daughter claims they paid $500 before power was cut and the company was informed of her medical condition. "We encourage customers who have medical issues to contact us so that we can note their circumstances on their accounts". PSEG said 'we're on our way.' They kept telling us that, but no one showed up.

"Dangerous and unnecessary shut offs in the sweltering heat and frigid cold disproportionately impact low-income [families], the elderly and communities of color", NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks said when the association's report was released past year.

A PSE&G utility truck finally arrived Friday morning, but Daniels had already died 16 hours earlier, her daughter said. "My mother was a taxpayer for 46 years".

"I don't want it to happen to any other family in this community because it's nothing but seniors in this community". Newark police say the case remains under investigation.

"The minimum at least 300 dollars every month all the prior month was 300 dollars last month was 400 dollars this month".

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