A 68-year-old Newark lady in hospice care, who depended on oxygen to outlive, died final week after PSE&G turned off her electrical due to an overdue invoice, her grieving family mentioned Sunday.
Linda Daniels was in her Shephard Avenue house with her family for hours after the her oxygen tank and air-conditioning stopped working about 10 a.m. Thursday. She died at four:23 p.m. of coronary heart failure, her family mentioned.
According to Accuweather.com, the temperature in Newark was within the 90s on Thursday afternoon.
“She was trying to catch her breath – she was gasping for air,” mentioned her granddaughter, Mia, 28. “She suffered and she passed right in front of us. She was gasping until the time she died.”
Daniels’ daughter, Desiree Washington, mentioned family members referred to as PSE&G all through the day, pleading with them to show the ability again on.
“She had just paid $500 two days before,” Desiree mentioned. “And she’s a senior. We asked them, ‘Why are you turning off her electric at the pole?'”
Linda Daniels suffered from congestive coronary heart failure and depended on her oxygen tank to outlive, they mentioned.
“We made numerous calls. We have a large family and everyone in our family was calling,” Desiree mentioned. “They told us they would be rolling a truck. The truck did not come until the next day.”
Mia mentioned at one level the PSE&G operator advised her to cease calling. “They started getting nasty after awhile, telling us they had too many tickets out on this,” she mentioned.
Desiree mentioned she utilized ice packs to her mom’s sides and was fanning her all through the day.
“We panicked. They cut the power off on what had to be the hottest day of the summer,” she mentioned.
PSE&G mentioned in a press release on Sunday that service to Daniels’ house was disconnected “due to lack of payment over several months.”
“As part of our policy, PSE&G had notified this customer numerous times that their account was in arrears and that they would be scheduled for a service termination unless the account was made current,” mentioned Jim Namiotka, an organization spokesman.
Namiotka mentioned the family had not notified the utility firm about medical points till after the service had been disconnected.
“We are reviewing our records to determine what transpired. We encourage customers who have medical issues to contact us so that we can note their circumstances on their accounts,” Namiotka mentioned.
Desiree, nonetheless, says family members and hospice staff prior to now had knowledgeable the utility firm in writing of Linda Daniels’ medical points.
“The point is they turned her lights off after she paid the bill,” Desiree mentioned. “And she’s a senior. And there are a lot of people like her.”
The family denies Linda Daniels was behind on her invoice.
They supplied NJ Advance Media with a press release displaying $500 was paid to PSE&G on July three — two days earlier than the electrical was turned off for nonpayment.
Desiree mentioned the PSE&G utility truck didn’t arrive till Friday morning – about 16 hours after her mom died.
The energy went again on round eight:30 a.m. Friday, the family mentioned.
“We are horrified. We are angry,” Desiree mentioned. “My mother was a taxpayer for 46 years. It’s so sad she had to go like that. And I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.”
In addition to a son and daughter, Linda Daniels leaves behind 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, her family mentioned.
NJ Advance Media reporter Alexis Johnson contributed to this story