Daniel and Heather Kelsey were found in Florida on New Years Eve, after crashing their car while their three young children were in the backseat. Toxicology reports confirm what police officers originally thought at the scene: the parents had overdosed on fentanyl, taking the drug before going home with their children.
They overdosed right in the front seat, while driving the children. When police showed up at the scene, they noticed that the car was still running.
Opioid deaths are on the rise in the United States, with many dying from overdoses. The deaths range from teenagers to entire families.
The Daily Mail reports:
The medical examiner’s toxicology results took five months and said the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl was the cause of death.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says the couple’s autopsies showed no foul play or signs of trauma in the deaths of Daniel, 32, and Heather, 30.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has said rising opioid overdoses nationwide are posing an accidental overdose threat to officers and other first responders because even small amounts of the drug can be fatal.
Officers are being advised to wear gloves and other protection when collecting evidence during investigations.
Daniel and Heather, who were married for six years, were returning to their home in Ormond Beach when their SUV came to a stop on the shoulder of the interstate.
Police found the couple unconscious outside their car and were pronounced dead not long after emergency crews arrived on the scene.
Their three young boys were found alive and unharmed in the back of the vehicle.
The couple’s children are now being cared for by relatives, according to the sheriff’s office.