Battery blamed in mystery deaths

Posted at 9:50 AM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 09:50:10-04

(WESH, NBC NEWSCHANNEL) It's been four months since first responders walked up to a 2006 Porsche Cayenne involved in what looked like a single-car fender bender along Florida's Turnpike in Osceola County.

Latifa Lincoln, 45, and her 3-year-old daughter, Maksmilla Lincoln, were found dead inside. A strong odor forced first responders back. Three of them reported breathing problems.

Investigators have since determined the mother and daughter did not die as the result of a crime, but questions remained, how did they die?

After months of intensive investigation on the vehicle at the medical examiner's office in Orlando, Assistant Medical Examiner Dr. Gary Utz says he suspects the mother and daughter died of hydrogen sulfide intoxication, likely as the result of a defect in the car's battery.

"It's unprecedented," Utz says. "I haven't been able to find another case."

Unlike most cars where the battery is under the hood, in the Porsche Cayenne, it’s located under the driver's seat.


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