Miami, FL – Clara Paulino died after becoming trapped in the SUV outside Miami Shores.
Her husband officer Aristides Paulino was asleep in their home after working a nightshift when Clara climbed into the back seat of the car to find something and the doors somehow locked.
Officials said a self-locking mechanism engaged when she closed the doors and she became trapped in the car on a Friday afternoon last month.
She was trapped inside the sweltering car for around 4 hours before her family discovered her body.
The 56-year-old’s death has been ruled as an accident.
The SUV has a cage that separates the back seat from the front seat with bars on the window.
Matthew Reyes, the vice president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, told NBC-6 that once the doors lock they can only be opened from the outside.
This is such a tragedy and my heart goes out to Clara’s family. Rest in peace.
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