An elderly Manhattan couple whose car became stuck near their wooded Catskills vacation home died after nine fruitless attempts to make a cellphone call for help and after the woman searched in vain for a neighbor.
State police and family members say 88-year-old Arthur Morris slid their car down an embankment 60 feet from their vacation home on May 3 in Andes, 115 miles northwest of Manhattan. Family members told the New York Daily News that Morris tried to get out but became wedged between the tilted car and the ground and was asphyxiated.
His wife, 89-year-old Madeleine, walked to a neighbor’s empty house and died of exposure after a rainy night under a tarp.
Cell service is spotty in the rural area.
Two years ago, then-Congressman Scott Murphy sent a public appeal to cell phone carriers to cover Delaware County, but it never happened.
Arthur, a Juilliard-educated music teacher, had heart disease and a hernia. His wife, a retired professor who survived the Nazi occupation in France, had two knee replacements but was mentally sharp.
Madeleine had been honored as a Christian who helped Jews escape the Nazis in France when she was just 17.
(Source: Record Online)