HACKENSACK - A woman from New York was found dead inside her car at a Burger King in Bergen County, according to police.
Hackensack police found the 78-year-old Medford, New York, woman dead inside a car Monday morning at the Burger King on Hackensack Avenue in Hackensack. It is believed that she parked there Saturday.
According to police, the woman told employees Saturday that she was going to park in the lot because she was afraid to drive home in the snow. Investigators say that the car was not running and the car’s tailpipe was clear of snow when the car was found around 8:30 a.m. Monday.
Neighbors tell News 12 New Jersey that plow truck drivers were shoveling the restaurant’s parking lot over the weekend and had to plow around the woman’s car. They apparently weren’t too alarmed because there were several other abandoned cars in the parking lot, according to neighbors.
A spokesperson for Burger King released a statement that said, “We are heartbroken at the tragedy that occurred near the franchisee owned and operated restaurant in Hackensack. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family.”
The woman’s name will not be released until her family is notified.
The Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine exactly how the woman died.
Four other deaths have been attributed to Saturday's snowstorm.