Female, 56, Miami veteran cop dies after being trapped for hours in the ‘cage section’ of his Ford Explorer patrol car while ‘looking for something’ in 90 degree heat
- Clara Paulino, 56, died Friday in her husband’s Ford Explorer
- Her husband is Aristides Paulino, a 25-year-old police officer in Miami
- She got into his car while he slept in search of something and got stuck in the back of the vehicle around 1pm in sweltering 90 degree heat.
- She was stuck for hours and couldn’t go past the partition of the car to honk
- She didn’t have her cell phone and was trapped because police vehicles have a locking mechanism that prevents it from being opened from the inside
- Her husband and son discovered her body at 5:30 p.m. on Friday
The wife of a Florida police officer died after being trapped in his work SUV in sweltering 90-degree temperatures for hours, officials say.
Clara Paulino, 56, died in her husband’s Ford Explorer on Friday outside her home in Miami Shores, according to the Miami Herald.
She is the wife of Aristides Paulino, who has been a Miami agent for 25 years.
He was sleeping in their home after his night shift when his wife climbed into the backseat of the vehicle at around 1:00 PM looking for something and was trapped inside by the door’s locking mechanism, preventing it from being opened from the inside.
In the horrific incident, her fingerprints were found all over the interior of the Ford Explorer.
Clara Paulino, 56, died in her husband’s Ford Explorer on Friday outside her Miami Shores home. Her husband is Aristides Paulino, a 25-year-old police officer in Miami. The scene and the SUV (circled) are shown
Paulino didn’t have her cell phone, and the security fence in the car prevented her from reaching over the front seat to honk for help.
“It’s literally a cage,” said a Miami cop over the backseat of the vehicle.
Miami’s police cars have a cage that separates the back seat from the front seat and has bars on the windows that can only be opened from the outside, said NBC Miami.
Aristides, 58, and the couple’s son found her body around 5:30 p.m. – about four and a half hours after she became trapped.
It is not clear what she went for in the SUV. Her husband left it unlocked in their driveway after he got back from work and went straight to bed Friday morning.
Investigators consider Clara’s death an accident, but an investigation is underway by the Miami-Dade police murder station.
The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office is still investigating and has not ruled on a cause of death.
Investigators consider Clara’s death an accident, but an investigation is underway by the Miami-Dade police murder station. Police at the scene above
A police source told the Herald that she had suffered from medical problems in the past that may have contributed to her death in the vehicle.
“It’s very preliminary,” said Police Spokesman Lieutenant Carlos Rosario. ‘There is still a lot of work to be done. But right now it’s an unclassified death. ‘
Aristides and Clara were married for 28 years.
Their son Aristides Jr. told the Herald the family did not want to talk about her death.
“We haven’t even buried her yet and it’s a lot [of] pain, ”he said.
“Horrible, horrible, imagine if that happens to someone,” neighbor Daphne Steward told NBC. “She loved her family and her children and I think it’s just an unfortunate situation.”
While deaths from hot cars are not uncommon, they are more common in young children left in vehicles by a caregiver. It’s rare for someone to die from getting stuck in a police car.
In the back of a Miami PD Ford Interceptor SUV, similar to that of Clara Paulino, got stuck in it
The car has a cage that separates the rear seat from the front seat and can only be opened from the outside