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Man continues road trip after girlfriend dies in passenger seat

Man Continues Road Trip After Girlfriend Dies In Passenger Seat

WDIV reports that a road trip from Arizona to Michigan took a chilling turn when a passenger died and the driver kept going.

"I went like this. You know? Cause she's sitting in the front seat next to me and I said, 'You want something?' At that point in time, she was stiff."

According to WDIV, Ray Tomlinson confirmed he was driving 1,900 miles cross country with his elderly mother and 31-year-old girlfriend when his significant other lost consciousness and died. Instead of stopping to report her death, the 62-year-old decided to press on.

WXYZ says "I just figured she was sleeping. And then the next time I stopped for gas, she just didn't respond. So, I just kept driving."

WJBK says, "He propped her up, leaving sunglasses on her face while he drove all the way to Michigan."

"The 62-year-old didn't want to stop because he knew he'd have to give the van up."

According to MLive, Tomlinson looked up what to do with a dead body, and "due to his 'rural and desolate location,' decided to finish the drive home with the corpse in his passenger seat."

Tomlinson had picked up his girlfriend from a medical facility before embarking on the road trip. WXYZ reports the girlfriend had been institutionalized in Arizona nine times in the past year because of mental health and drug problems.

Police are considering the possibility that an overdose caused her death.

"Every time she would go into a psych ward, the doctor would change up her medications."

According to the Detroit Free Press, the facility the woman had just left called to check on her, and Tomlinson told the caller about her death. An employee from the facility called the police, who contacted Tomlinson and told him to stop.

So far, no charges have been filed against Tomlinson, but police told WXYZ the prosecutor might be considering a misdemeanor charge.

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tmccull52 June 06 2014 at 5:44 AM

Are you sure that his name wasn't really Clark W. Griswold, because that sounds very much like a scene from National Lampoon's "Vacation".

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mkovmd June 06 2014 at 7:23 AM

C'mon guys, when was the last time you spent a day driving with a female passenger who was quiet the whole time? Absolutely no input on your driving technique??

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wickedcoolally June 06 2014 at 7:18 AM

Propped her up and left the sunglasses on her face? It's Weekend At Bernice's!

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bambi4318.barbara wickedcoolally June 06 2014 at 9:24 AM

After a stop at the Bates Motel.

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Franco wickedcoolally June 06 2014 at 8:32 PM

Last time I propped up a stiff wus with Viagtra. :O)

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Patrick Franco June 06 2014 at 9:38 PM


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mzladysmiling June 06 2014 at 6:39 AM

What an awful thing to happen....
Sometimes we have to choose the lesser
of two evils..... Sounds as though, this was
the case here.....
God bless him.... I wouldn't want
to make the choices he had to, with
his elderly mother as another passenger....
I pray he recovers from the ordeal.....
I can believe it was quite traumatizing.....

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Elizabeth June 06 2014 at 5:53 AM

A misdemeanor charge? How about a mental evaluation?

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MARTY June 06 2014 at 7:22 AM

Sometimes you just have to scratch you head and say there's no fixin stupid.

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coopdabomb June 06 2014 at 9:11 AM

I wish my wife would be that quiet on a road trip

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IBruzEZ June 06 2014 at 7:39 AM

Oh, those crocodile tears.!! really.....

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BOB June 06 2014 at 6:36 AM

Ever notice some cars have a " lean " on the drivers side ? I think she was just balast ... Cars handle better that way .... LOL

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vincent.barnes1 BOB June 06 2014 at 9:36 PM

Nice.....helps alot with MPG

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Pam June 06 2014 at 11:02 AM

How sad and horrifying at the same time. It really would be a difficult decision as far as what to do about it all. But to drive along with a dead body next to you? What was happening with his Mother during all this? Was she aware of the death?

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