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Man Found Dead Near WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital

Photo by Alan Olson - Snow accumulates at the edges of WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital, where a man was found dead Wednesday morning.

A man was declared dead at the scene after apparently driving himself to WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital, collapsing before he made it inside.

Glen Dale Police Chief Ed Vogler said Wednesday that the 80-year-old man, whose name was not released by Wednesday afternoon, was discovered around 6:30 a.m. by Reynolds employees, laying in a snowbank. Efforts to revive the man were unsuccessful. Vogler said the man’s body was still warm when he was found and brought inside, with his car parked close by.

“His body temperature was still warm, so he hadn’t been there very long,” Vogler said.

Glen Dale police are investigating, and Vogler said there were no signs of foul play. He said the scenario of a person driving themselves to, or being dropped off at, the hospital but expiring before help is possible occurs more often than one might think.

“He just drove himself to the hospital and didn’t quite make it inside,” he said. “We don’t have that all the time, but there have been several occasions where someone’s out in their car, or family members brought them in, and they just didn’t make it inside.”

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