A 64-year-old man from Ohio froze to death on the front porch of his home earlier this week, according to authorities.
The body of Darnell Wilson was found next to his wheelchair. A Mobile Meals worker discovered the body at his home located on second avenue SW, <a href=”http://fox61.com/2018/01/05/64-year-old-found-frozen-to-death-on-porch/”>FOX61</a> reported.
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The worker, 28-year-old Sara Henson, was nearing the end of her mobile meal route when she pulled into his driveway. She has worked in the company for about one year, sometimes even delivering food for up to 60 people per day.
“I was kind of nervous walking onto the porch because I just knew something was wrong,” Henson told the <a href=”https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/local/akron-shut-in-found-frozen-to-death-on-his-front-porch-in-middlebury”>Akron Beacon Journal</a>.
She said she then called 911.
An 64-year old man was found here on his porch on Tuesday. He had frozen to death. We have the latest information on the first cold-related death in Akron this year on @wkyc at 6. pic.twitter.com/5BnktYKnjD
— Dorsena Drakeford (@dorsena_news) January 4, 2018
“I don’t know whether he’s breathing or not,” Henson told the dispatcher Tuesday, according to the Journal. “I’m freaking out.”
The Summit County Medical Examiner’s said that Wilson died from hypothermia, ruling the death was an accident, according to <a href=”https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/akron-canton-news/64-year-old-man-found-frozen-to-death-on-akron-porch-by-mobile-meals-worker”>ABC affiliate News 5.</a>
Officials said he lived at his home with a family friend, according to News 5. That friend was not at home at the time of his death.
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Wilson’s daughter told News 5 that her father was “loving” and “outgoing.”
She said that her father had a total of three children and six grandchildren.
Darnell Wilson was lying next to his wheelchair when a Mobile Meals worker found him. https://t.co/7oC8JB2psL
— WNEM TV5 (@WNEMTV5news) January 5, 2018
Wilson did not always rely on his wheelchair. His daughter said that he was also able to walk on his own with a cane.
Mobile Meals worker Henson told the Journal Wilson will be missed. “I always looked forward to our visits and I really think he looked forward to seeing me, too.”