86-Year-Old Woman Dies After Being Punched For Not Social Distancing
Brooklyn, NY – An 86-year-old woman died after being punched by a woman who accused her of not abiding by social distancing recommendations.
The attack occurred at approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday, after 86-year-old Janie Marshall went to Woodhull Hospital in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood due to a bowel obstruction, the New York Daily News reported.
While in the hallway, Marshall grabbed ahold of a metal stand that was near another patient’s bed, according to police.
That’s when the other patient got out of her bed and punched Marshall, knocking her to the ground, the New York Post reported.
The elderly woman cracked her head on the floor as a result of the blow.
The other patient, identified as 32-year-old Cassandra Lundy, told a New York City Department of Health and Hospitals (NYCDHH) police officer that she punched the elderly woman because she “didn’t stay more than six feet away” from her, the New York Post reported.
According to the New York Daily News, Lundy was at the hospital due to having experienced a seizure.
The New York Post reported that she was there awaiting psychiatric treatment.
She was ultimately issued a summons for disorderly conduct and left the hospital without being admitted.
Marshall underwent a CT scan and was waiting to be examined by the doctor when hospital personnel found her slumped over at approximately 5:40 p.m., the New York Post reported.
She was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) was not notified about the incident until approximately five hours after Marshall died.
Sources said that the delay in contacting the NYPD was due to the massive influx of coronavirus cases that have left hospital personnel swamped, the New York Post reported.
Investigators and prosecutors are awaiting the results of an autopsy in order to determine whether or not Lundy will face additional charges, according to the New York Daily News.
She has a total of 17 prior arrests on her record, including offenses of strangulation, assault, trespass, and drug possession.
The attack was captured on video.
Marshall’s neighbors said she was a “nice lady” who was “very helpful,” the New York Post reported.
She lived by herself and did not have any children, sources told the paper.
“It just goes to show, you never know," her neighbor, 87-year-old Eartha Calloway told the New York Daily News. "You don’t ever know what’s going to happen to you. You could be walking down the hall and someone hits you in the hospital.”
The NYCDHH, which operates Woodhull Hospital, said in a statement that it was “saddened” by the elderly woman’s death, the New York Daily News reported.
"We are committed to ensuring a safe, health-focused environment in these very demanding times so our heroic health care workers can continue to deliver the quality, compassionate care New Yorkers need more than ever. We are collaborating with the NYPD in their investigation,” the statement read.