Residents are asking questions – and looking in the mirror – after police say an elderly woman in a wheelchair was found dead at a Dallas bus stop early Wednesday morning. The man who found her said she appeared to have frozen to death, as temperatures in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex went as low as 12 degrees overnight.
Details are still sketchy, but some eyewitnesses report they saw a woman in a wheelchair near the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) bus stop in recent days. It is not clear if the woman was homeless or just frequented the bus stop.
On social media, people are reacting to the tragedy with shock and anger. While some are blaming politics, others wonder how a community could have allowed an elderly woman in a wheelchair to go unhelped over the past few days. Over the past week, a cold front had plunged Dallas-area temperatures below freezing, with a strong wind chill. While some efforts were made to help the area’s homeless and elderly in a city unused to such cold, it appears one was forgotten.
Some witnesses say they tried to help the woman over in recent days, but she refused their offers. No one, it seems, made the extra effort to ensure she was taken care of. Some wonder why authorities didn’t step in over the last few days, especially DART police, who are supposed to patrol the city’s bus stops.
Among the reactions on Facebook:
Cynthia Lawler Esparza: “This is so so sad 😢 if people saw her for days, why didn’t ANYONE do something???”
Carol McDonald: “Several days and nobody did anything. What have we become?”
Quenton Lynch: “This really makes this area look bad, when did we get so busy to where we forgot about helping someone. I know someone had to see this lady sitting there and didn’t check to see if she was ok.”
DART police are investigating the death of an elderly woman found at a bus stop Wednesday morning.
The woman, who was in a wheelchair, had been seen around the bus stop, near S. Malcolm X Boulevard and Peabody, for the last several days, witnesses said.
The man who found her told WFAA it appeared she had “frozen to death.”
Temperatures in Dallas reached the teens Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, making it the coldest night for this area in seven years.
The woman’s cause of death is being investigated, but DART police do not suspect foul play.
Her name hasn’t been released.
Here is video from ABC affiliate WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas.