New Jersey woman dies after utility cuts power to her home

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Family members of the woman, Linda Daniels, said she gasped for air for hours Thursday until she died of congestive heart failure. We put one ice pack here, like by her side, and one on the other side, and then we had a cool towel on her head. "We extend our honest condolences to her family", Karen A. Johnson said. It was so hot in here, she couldn't breathe.

At 10am on Thursday, Linda Daniels' oxygen tank stopped; by 4:30pm, she had drawn her last breath.

The family called emergency services, and paramedics reportedly provided a portable oxygen unit as a short-term fix.

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.

'And she's a senior. "We asked them, 'Why are you turning off her electric at the pole?'"


"Extreme heat and cold with climate change will only make inequality and injustice worse", Cecil Corbin-Mark of WE ACT for Environmental Justice said following the NAACP report. "We have a large family and everyone in our family was calling", Desiree said. She said the utility company said they were on their way to the home but no one ever came.

An oxygen tank stands inside of Joint Task Force Guantanamo's detainee hospital at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba March 22, 2016.

The family said they pleaded with the company to restore electricity, telling customer service representatives that Daniels, 68, depended on oxygen equipment in order to breathe.

"As part of our policy, PSE&G had notified this customer numerous times that their account was in arrears and that they would be scheduled for a service termination unless the account was made current", said Jim Namiotka, a company spokesman. "We are reviewing our records to determine what transpired".

PSEG claims it wasn't aware of the woman's medical issues.


The family denies Linda Daniels was behind on her bill.

"I will give them time, but ultimately it's a very sad day and it's an unfortunate incident", James said.

Daniels' daughter, Desiree Washington, said family members called PSE&G throughout the day, pleading with them to turn the power back on.

"BPU is investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Linda Daniels last week at her home in Newark", a spokesperson said.

Her son Sam told News 12 the company had told him payments of at least $300 a month were required to keep the power flowing.


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