Panic is fear that rises to a level that can confound thinking and induce paralysis.

Everyone dies of something, but this old lady killed herself with nothing but fear. Too afraid to drive in snow, she sat through a multi-day blizzard, and sometime during the ordeal passed away.

What a sad end to a long life.

Lieutenant Justin Derevyanik of the Hackensack Fire Department says an engine company was called to respond at 8:23 a.m. to assist police and paramedics at the Burger King parking lot on Hackensack Avenue.

The body of a 78-year-old woman from Medford, N.Y. was found inside the Cadillac, which police say had been there since Saturday night.

According to police, the woman told employees of the Burger King that she would be parked there because she was afraid of driving in the snow.

Once the storm hit, though, the woman became trapped, and plow drivers further snowed the vehicle in without realizing it was occupied.

It is unclear when and how she died, but no foul play is suspected. The woman had not been reported missing.

via Body found in partially snow-covered car in Hackensack Burger King parking lot |

Lord love a duck. If there’s a purpose served by being afraid of one’s own shadow, we surely do not know what it is.

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Former Special Forces 11B2S, later 18B, weapons man. (Also served in intelligence and operations jobs in SF).

4 thoughts on “When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Fear


How do you let a 78 year old lady stay in her car in your parking lot? How do you let a scared 78 year old lady stay in her car in your parking lot during a snowstorm weekend? Can’t get her to a hotel? If the BK is open 24 hours, why not let her in and make a few phonecalls until she can get somewhere safe or someone can get her?

I couldn’t live with myself. That’s somebody’s mother/grandma. And you just let her freeze.


At that age a lot of things can go wrong; strokes, seizures, who-knows-whats. For her to remain in the car instead of seeking shelter somewhere warm suggests there was some problem other than “afraid to drive in the snow.”

Hognose Post author

It was a pretty monumental snowstorm. I don’t blame her for being afraid, but by God, she made the wrong decision.

John Distai

The report states that there were several prescription drug bottles recovered at the scene. She may have suffered from some sort of anxiety disorder and ran out of medication. The fear that an anxiety sufferer experiences may be irrational to others, but it isn’t to the sufferer. Anxiety attacks can paralyze a person’s ability to make decisions or take action. It’s a shame.