Who was Clara Paulino? (Cop’s Wife Dies in Police SUV) Biography, Wiki
The wife of a Miami police officer Aristides Paulino died on Friday afternoon when she got trapped in the backseat of his police SUV in sweltering temperatures. The Miami Herald reported that authorities are investigating her death, considered to be a “horrific accident.” Clara Paulino, 56, is believed to have climbed into the back of her husband’s police SUV, where she became trapped and could not get out.
Law enforcement told the Miami Herald that she stayed in the back seat for hours as temperatures rose above 90 degrees, and her body was discovered by her family after 5:00 pm. Officials said Paulino had some medical problems that could be causative; However, the Miami-Dade Medical Examination Office has not yet confirmed the cause of death.
A spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department said in an email to Heavy that the police department’s homicide bureau was investigating the case. It states, “The incident is treated as an unclassified death investigation and no other information is available at the time. The investigation continues to be active.”
Aristides Paulino, Paulino’s husband, 58, has been in the army for 25 years and has been working the midnight shift for most of the past 20 years. According to Herald, he returned from work in the morning and went to sleep, leaving his car on the driveway. While she was asleep, Paulino searched for something in the back seat – the authorities aren’t sure what happened – at what point the door closed for some reason and the woman was stuck inside.
A law enforcement source said he left fingerprints inside the SUV, a Ford Explorer. “He was clearly panicked and trying to get out,” the source said. There is a self-locking mechanism for the rear seat doors and a partition between the front seat and the rear seat that prevents it from climbing in front of the SUV or reaching the vehicle’s horn. Authorities told Herald that he didn’t have a cell phone either.
One Miami police officer described the SUV’s rear seat design as a “cage.” The vehicle is designed to prevent suspects from escaping, ie windows cannot be knocked out or rolled out and door handles must be lifted from the outside.
“We haven’t buried him yet, and we are in great pain,” said one of Paulino’s sons, refusing to discuss his mother’s tragic death with the Herald.
ALWAYS look before you lock to ensure no child is left behind in a car. A car can reach deadly temperatures in minutes. pic.twitter.com/MfMOqAWEyd
— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) August 17, 2020
Deaths in hot vehicles are tragically common when temperatures rise during the day, but it is rare for them to involve adults or police vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 52 children who died from heat stroke in 2019 and 53 in 2018 after being left in a hot car. 19 children have died so far this year.
Although adults can also die in hot vehicles, this is much less common because unlike children, they can often get out of the vehicle themselves. According to The Herald, at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, a man was forgotten for three hours in a breeding van. The van was not working and had no air conditioning, but a man named Christopher Walls survived when a passing officer noticed him inside.
In August 2019, a police K9 dog from the Long Beach Police Department died when accidentally left in a police vehicle in hot weather, ABC13 reported.