A New Jersey woman who worked four jobs, who sometimes “wouldn’t sleep for five days,” according to a co-worker, died Monday while napping between shifts in her car on the side of the road.
Maria Fernandes died in her 2001 Kia Sportage after inhaling carbon monoxide and fumes from an overturned gas container she kept in the car, according to the New York Daily News.
Because of this, she didn’t have a lot of time for sleeping and sometimes between shifts shoe would sleep in her car. She kept a container of fuel in her auto since she once went out of gas amid her occupation commutes.
That night, Maria parked in a parking area of WaWa accommodation store, to take a few hours of sleep. After a while, the other passengers noticed something weird about it and called 911.
When the emergency service arrived and opened the car door they noticed a toxic odor right away. They declared her dead at the scene and called the Hazmat team to check thoroughly and determine what happened. It was concluded that she died from inhaling a lethal mixture of carbon monoxide from her car, which was running, and the can of gasoline that spilled open in the back of her car.
Elizabeth police Lt. Daniel Saulnier told The Star-Ledger of Newark, “This sounds like someone who tried desperately to work and make ends meet, and met with a tragic accident.”
Workers in the United States are earning an average of 23 percent less than earnings from jobs that were lost during the economic recession that began in 2008, according to a recent report, as wealth inequality in the US has shot to record highs, according to variousindicators. Many long-term unemployed are considering abandoning their job search following years of stagnant economic growth.