Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Westport police said today that a 48-year-old woman whose body was found early Tuesday in a Kings Highway North parking lot died accidentally and there was no evidence of foul play. (See obituary here)
Cindy D’Aiuto: “underlying medical issues” may be factor. Contributed photo
A police statement said an autopsy by the state Medical Examiner’s Office found that Cindy D’Aiuto, who lived nearby on Canal Street, died of hypothermia in the cold when temperatures fell into the 20s.
“An autopsy by the state Medical Examiner’s Office of Cindy D’Auito this morning has classified her death as following: cause of death is hypothermia; manner of death as being accidental; the toxicology results are pending,” said Captain Sam Arciola.
Her body was found by a newspaper carrier who notified police at about 6:30 a.m.
“At this time the investigation by the Westport Police Department has found no evidence indicating that foul play was involved,” Arciola said.
“A witness told police today that she saw a woman fitting the description of D’Auito walking east on North Kings Highway at 11:30 p.m. close to where her body was located in the morning.
The driveway of the building at 164 Kings Highway North where Cindy D’Aiuto was found. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
“She was seen wearing pajama pants, a winter coat and a winter hat. This is the clothing that D’Auito was wearing when found by emergency workers. D’Auito was also wearing boots not slippers.
“After investigation, it appears that D’Auito was walking to a friend’s apartment located nearby.
“Evidence at the scene shows that D’Auito had climbed a snow bank at the back of the parking lot, and it appears she struggled to get out of the waist deep snow before returning to the pavement.
“The Medical Examiner’s Office stated that underlying medical issues may have been contributing factors as well. Detectives are still trying to determine if weather conditions or some other factors played a role on why D’Auito mistakenly walked into the parking lot.”
Her family and friends said D’Aiuto suffered severe seizures caused by encephalitis.
In 2003, Goodwill Industries of Western Connecticut Inc., where she was employed, honored her as “Achiever of the Year,” for her efforts to combat the illness. A newsletter described her accomplishments in recovering from a 1999 surgery.
The State Police Major Crime Unit examined the scene at 164 Kings Highway North throughout the day Tuesday and into early evening following the discovery of the body.
Posted 12/29/10 at 07:25 PM
What a difference; clean, accurate description of what occurred w/ no disparaging imagery to add to the family’s sadness.
Again, my thoughts and prayers are extended to Cindy’s family.
My heart goes out to Cindy’s family. May she rest in peace.