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Philadelphia Family Shocked By Lack Of Charges After Disturbing Video

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The family of a woman whose body was dumped from a car outside the entrance to Frankford Hospital’s emergency room early on the morning of December 23rd, 2010 says they are upset to learn the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office refuses to file any charges in the incident.

Surveillance video obtained exclusively by the CBS 3 I-Team shows the body of 50-year-old Lori-Ann Reynolds, who died from a drug and alcohol overdose, being dragged out of the front seat of a car and left on the freezing pavement.

The driver then gets into the car, without seeking help from hospital personnel, and drives away.

Reynolds was found minutes later by a hospital worker and was pronounced dead.

CBS 3 has learned detectives attempted three times to file charges against the driver, who was identified within days of Reynolds’ death.

The District Attorney’s Office refused to approve charges and then in April, informed police no charges would be filed and the case was closed.

Because Reynolds was dead, the possible charge against the driver would have been “abuse of corpse.”

But District Attorney Seth Williams told CBS 3’s Walt Hunter that while the death was, in his words, “tragic” and the driver’s actions “disgusting,” it would not have been possible to successfully prosecute a criminal case.

Reynolds’ family says waiting nearly four months for justice and then being told there would be no arrest has added to their ordeal.

Sources tell CBS 3 the driver, in a statement to police, admits leaving Reynolds’ body on the ground and driving off, claiming he “panicked.” He also claims he initially attempted unsuccessfully to get help from an ambulance crew outside.

Reported By Walt Hunter, CBS 3

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  • state engineer

    sometime we all forget that we are god children don’t you think….

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  • Odie

    I’m sorry for the loss of your sister, however, what type of charges would you like filed against this guy?

  • Justice for Lori

    Odie, what closure would the Mother get, I will tell you. Being the sister of Lori, and the evidence against Phil Hiller, that she was at his residence when she possibly passed and him not calling for help. The fact that he (Hiller) is a convicted felon who has served jail time and was on parole at the time of this incident, and actually had the audacity to call my Mother and tell her that “she left to get help, what do you want me to do with her things” when we didn’t even know she was dead, would be closure for this animal. I know in my heart that Lynn Abrahamson would never let this happen in her city.

  • Odie

    What closure is the mother going to get from charges being filed against the guy who dumped her off at the ER? Dumps like this happen more often than people think at ER’s. I could see the mother wanting the individual who supplied the drugs brought to justice, but the guy who took her to the hospital? She took the drugs & alcohol herself. The whole situation stinks, but what good would come out of charges being filed against this guy?

  • Angelo

    Seth Williams is not qualified to be District Attorney. Someone with more knowledge would have been able to bring justice to the situation.

  • Chester

    My heart goes out to the family, truly. However, while what he did was wrong, I don’t think it’s completely horrible, and prosecuting him for ‘abuse of a corpse’ will not bring justice for her death. I feel that I can say this, because someone did almost the exact same thing to my sister when she overdosed, except that they didn’t even get out of the car and place her body, they actually slowed down and pushed her body out into the alley behind Hahneman . . . . thank god there was a nurse that popped out into the alley to take a cigarrette break and found her laying there, and after 20 minutes they were able to get her heart started again. There are MANY people that would not have even have left this woman at a hospital. The majority of drug users would be too afraid of getting caught themselves or blamed, that most times they just leave a body wherever it was and run away, not even giving the person any sort of chance to be saved. This is one of those grey areas where, yeah, this guy could’ve done better, but he could’ve done a lot worse too . . . .

  • W Randall Green

    I guess there is not much sympathy for OD’s I suppose.

  • Mike

    It sounds to me like Philly doesn’t have enough money to prosecute bizarre cases such as this. The charge is obvious. What other reason could they have?

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