Woman who died from oxygen-depleted airbag in airbag-equipped car dies in air bag accident
A woman who died in an accident after an airbag was deployed inside her car was killed in an apparent suicide, according to police in Arizona.
An autopsy showed that 28-year-old Kimberly S. Boudreau died from the airbag deployment, the Mesa Police Department said Monday.
The woman was killed Thursday at a residence on a residential street in Mesa, Ariz., according to a news release.
The woman’s boyfriend, 29-year of her age, was arrested Thursday and charged with involuntary manslaughter.
The incident occurred at a home in the 2500 block of East Green Creek Lane in Mesa.
The driver of a Honda Civic reported that the airbags were activated when he tried to stop for a traffic light and deployed them when he pulled over to get a gas, according the release.
The airbags also deployed when he hit the brakes, causing the car to veer off the road, police said.
The driver, who was uninjured, called 911.
The occupants of the vehicle were not injured, police reported.
Boudreau’s mother, who lives in Phoenix, had called police Friday morning to report the woman was not breathing and that she was not wearing an oxygen mask, according police.
The Phoenix Medical Examiner’s Office is handling the investigation, the release said.
Police in Arizona and Colorado also have reported instances of suicide in airbags, which are used to provide protection when people are not wearing masks.