Elderly woman locked in car for hours

2012-11-06 18:18

Cape Town - An elderly woman believed to be in her eighties has been treated for heat stroke after been found locked inside a car at a shopping centre in Boksburg, paramedics said on Tuesday.

Paramedics were called to the scene after the woman was able to attract the attention of members people in the parking lot, ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said.

"Paramedics arrived on the scene and found the woman still in the car but it was locked and the windows were all closed," Banks said.

Police helped paramedics break a window to gain access to the vehicle and the woman was treated for heat exhaustion, and given some fluid, before being transported to a nearby hospital for further medical care, he said.

Banks said the elderly lady had been in the car for more than two hours before she was able to get help.

He told News24 that the temperature inside the vehicle was about 38°C.

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-11-06 18:29

    Shame man, this is cruel.

      wayne.hardaker.3 - 2012-11-06 18:50

      mtizozo....didn't pay much attention in English class, did you?

      ruan.smith.14 - 2012-11-06 18:54

      Surely you need to learn to spell before making a comment mtizozo. Baby steps!!

      percyferrao - 2012-11-06 19:34

      @mtizozo It never ceases to amaze me how people like you keep defending corrput politicians. Do you not get that people go hungry in this country and live on the street and in shacks while people like Zuma abuse and steal money that is supposed to feed and house the poor! Is it not enough that they "Lost" 26 billion the last year and 25 billion the previous year. Surely you are not that ignorant!

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-07 06:18

      nsele you are an idiot justfor starters how much of teh taxpayers money did she STEAL unlike your hero Zoo ma NOTHING

  • theodore.motsepe - 2012-11-06 18:33

    Y ddnt the bystanders break those windows when they noticed that she was introuble? but glad she's okay...

  • aj.oosthuizen.7 - 2012-11-06 18:35

    And one more case against an elderly person....what, you abuse old people because their no fight!? Cowards...

      kasiboy55 - 2012-11-26 11:47

      LMAo! Where in the article does it state that she was locked in the car by someone else?

  • vaatjie.vanderwatt - 2012-11-06 18:37

    Very sad, but how could she not get out??

      kimard - 2012-11-06 18:45

      my question exactly - she managed to attract attention. why not open a door? something aint right with the story

      chantal.lawrieross - 2012-11-06 19:07

      guys my husband locked me in my audi the other day by mistake when he walked away, its a habit of just pressing the key. The newer cars if locked from the outside cannot be opened from the inside nor can windows. The car is locked as in locked it doesnt know there was someone inside when it was locked from the outside. Nothing suspicious about this

      buti.lembe - 2012-11-06 19:32

      @ vaatjie, it's not easy to open the doors when someone uses an alarmed lock from outside. I've got experience with that,I lock the car once from outside while my wife was inside. When I came back aftr 1hour 13 mins I was shocked to found people sorounded my car trying to get her out. I'll never forget that day,People sweared @me. But it depends what car u're driving.

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-06 19:55

      Vaatjie, wake up my brother because technology managed to change everything today and its changes over a second!

      lindavzkb - 2012-11-07 08:18

      from experience I can tell you that some of the old people just does not understand how to work the new technology in cars (buttons for the windows, etc) - they will rather open the door than just press the button to open the window, and if the door was locked as reported, she probably didn't know how to unlock it

      kasiboy55 - 2012-11-26 11:50

      When my car is locked it doesn't open from the inside. I learnt this the hard way when my dad first gave it to me and I was stuck in the parking lot of Irene Mall for atleast 30 mins on the hottest of days!

  • modiri.molosiwa - 2012-11-06 18:44

    Poor old woman. Some people are cruel.

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-11-06 18:45

    Some people get so carried away when they are on a shopping spree that just haven't got the savvy to now the difference between wrong and right.

  • Benigna Skosana - 2012-11-06 18:53

    shame hey, dont know how can do this to our elders, the bible says: respect ur mother and father so that ur days can be.....

  • Asif Asmal - 2012-11-06 18:59

    If she was so frail to even open a window,what was she doing going for a car ride

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-11-06 19:27

      She was not the driver FOOl. And are old people now not aloud to go for rides anymore? What next must they be locked up in their rooms? If you have no respec for old people Voetsek!

      tigra.aeris - 2012-11-07 07:48

      @Desilusionada - still trolling I see.

      hayley.fredericks.9 - 2012-11-07 08:58

      Geez, did you even bother to read the article let alone think before you commented?

      lana.johnsonbaker - 2012-11-07 17:51

      Asif - are you perhaps brain dead?? Since when are old people not allowed to go out??? How was an old lady of 80 supposed to know all the workings of a modern car. Please God I hope all your old aged relatives are already dead and buried coz you sure won't care for them.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-06 19:08

    Please find that bastards and make sure that you lock them up afterwards please throw the keys away for good because we don't smile for such jokes when it comes to children and adults. Very cruel indeed because at that age granny's way of thinking is more like a child!!

  • Julia Griffiths - 2012-11-06 19:10

    I hope the driver is going to be charged for endangering the life of a person

  • Omnivore - 2012-11-06 19:12

    Cape town... Boksburg?

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-06 19:23

      Cape Town's News 24 office published the story, but the negligent @rsehole is probably from Boksburg or surrounds.

  • steele.oyle - 2012-11-06 19:21

    No names? Why?

      godesha - 2012-11-07 06:20

      Do their names really matter?

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-06 19:22

    Terrible story. There are cars with electric windows that cant be opened unless the car is running, but i dont know of any vehicles that you can not open the door of from inside without a key. There must be more to this story.

      rohann.geldenhuys - 2012-11-06 23:44

      Dawn, all new Audi's and i guess volkswagens are designed in that way. When you use the remote central locking to lock the vehicle it cannot be opened from the inside, not even the normal central locking in the car can open it. Quite scary how fast everything changes these days.

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-07 06:22

      Dawn Certain Ford model have that system for nearly 10 years

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-07 06:30

      oops, i guess i am still in the dark ages. In a case like that, the owner of the car would be aware of this, and should now be charged with attempted murder. In this heat, nothing would survive very long closed up in a vehicle standing in the sun.

  • alison.smith.1048 - 2012-11-06 19:28

    As with children, the person(s) responsible must be charged with abuse/neglect.

  • julie.khan3 - 2012-11-06 19:42

    Lucky to be alive!So cruel.My mum is 85,and we never leave her alone.

  • bhekophilayo.ngobese - 2012-11-06 20:18

    I fully agree with you Mtizozo. You beat me inside. As far as english is concerned, I don't care, as much as Wayne.hardaker.3 and others don't care about learning and writing at least African language. english is the Black men's 9th or 10th language. You know what Mtizozo means.

      king.rasta.583 - 2012-11-06 21:50

      english is a foreign language

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-11-06 20:26

    Don't these cars have a central unlock button on the dash to open doors? Eish !!

      arthur.marks.754 - 2012-11-06 21:04

      @makarapakaplan, us sa blief, where would an 85 year old lady find such a button on the "dash" of a modern (white man's) motor car? Thank goodness she was rescued.

      rohann.geldenhuys - 2012-11-06 23:48

      In audis not even the unlock button inside the car will unlock the door, has got nothing to do with the age of the lady or the "german" car, thats just how they designed it. Even if you break the car window, you will still not be open the door, quite a nice security feature for us south africans...

  • Dean Williams - 2012-11-06 21:15

    My car has what is called a 'dead lock' which allows you to lock your car so that you can't even open the doors from the inside even if you use the unlock button on the inside. Possible this car has the same feature

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-11-06 21:16

    The side-effect of a crime ridden country. In other countries there will be no need for closing windows or even locking doors.

  • yolanda.haripersad.1 - 2012-11-06 21:17

    Why such blank reporting from News24? Whose car was she in? Why was she there for that long? Come on guys, stop with the primary school journalism!

  • king.rasta.583 - 2012-11-06 21:40

    was she black or white?

      Thabiso Tlou Moloto Davis - 2012-11-06 21:52

      @king/ is a Human being. actually none of the above/ color Red

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-07 06:29

      she IS not dead so she cannot be WAS IDIOT Actually she is green and red. W T F has colour got to do with it

  • alananthonygreen - 2012-11-06 21:42

    Who cares

      Thabiso Tlou Moloto Davis - 2012-11-06 21:49

      you will get a car accident and u feel the pain/ get lost

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-06 22:23

      @green. Eina!!! How can you say such a thing????

      rohann.geldenhuys - 2012-11-06 23:49

      Guess your never gonna be old. Wont mind if nobody helps you then.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-07 05:26

    Why couldnt she open the windows? amd who leaves someone in the car?

  • graeme.stockwell - 2012-11-07 06:22

    I hope they did not take her to BBH aka Oliver Tambo Hospital - she was saver in the car

  • cecile.kiley1 - 2012-11-07 17:47

    Cruelty has no limits in this country.

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