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    Woman, 78, trapped in car at least 10 hours after stroke

    Son finds her at Tillicum mall parking lot at midnight

    By Matthew Pearson, Times ColonistJune 17, 2009 2:07 AM

    A 78-year-old woman was trapped in her car for hours Monday after suffering a stroke that left her unable to get out of the car or call for assistance.

    Elsie Morris was found by her son, Lance Morris, at around midnight inside her PT Cruiser. The car was parked in the lot at the Tillicum Centre shopping mall.

    "It's got to be pretty terrifying for her to be sitting there for at least 10 hours," he said last night.

    Morris said his mother was sitting upright in the driver's seat with her seatbelt on and the doors locked when he found her.

    That suggested to him she had just arrived at the mall because her car doors automatically lock once the car begins to move.

    Although his mother could not speak when he found her, he said she smiled at him and looked relieved.

    Morris figured his mother would have watched hundreds of people drive or walk by before seeing the parking lot slowly empty and the sun set.

    She was taken to hospital and remains there. Morris said she has some paralysis on her right side, but was able to smile when family visited her yesterday.

    Elsie Morris had last been seen leaving her house in Saanich about noon and was reported missing to police by another son about 11 p.m.

    The family tried to contact her on her cellphone throughout the day and also drove around to several places they thought she might have gone.

    Lance Morris said he spoke to the manager of the Tillicum mall yesterday. The manager apologized and expressed her concern.

    Still, Morris said he is concerned no one from the mall checked the cars in the parking lot once stores had closed, particularly because his mother's car was parked in an odd manner.

    "The nose was sticking out of the parking space and it was parked on a bit of angle, so it looked odd," he said.

    Elsie Morris has a handicapped sticker, but she parked further near Coast Capital Savings, on the upper parking lot.

    Morris said the mall manager contacted him to say the mall would be reviewing the situation with its security company.

    Saanich police Sgt. John Price said the fact no one appeared to notice Morris is a sign of the times.

    "We live in a very hustle- and-bustle time, we're all rush, rush, rush," he said, adding people should take in what's going on around them and report anything unusual to authorities.

    mpearson@tc.canwest.com

    Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist

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    Wow, how horrible it must have been for her to sit there all day and not be able to do anything. My prayers to her family for a good outcome.

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    Hope she had the AC on still. Probably wouldn't survive that without it, here in AZ at least.

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    Not too much worry about the heat or humidity in Victoria (not counting three weeks ago!). Temp does not usually get much above 75F or so, and even being close to the Pacific like it is, humidity tends to stay pretty low, comparatively speaking. Although being in direct sunlight all day could be a problem, if you were locked in the car with the windows rolled up.
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    It was mostly overcast yesterday, and cooler. Max temp was only 17.6C.
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