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    The medical examiner in this case has resigned. Do you think he was at fault? If not who do you think should bear the blame, or is it really just an accident and no one's fault?

    BOONE, N.C. ?
    The 11-year-old killed by a poisonous gas will be laid to rest on Sunday, but police told Eyewitness News that his death could have been prevented.

    Exactly one week ago, Jeffrey Williams was found dead inside a Boone Best Western ? his mother seriously ill.

    Just weeks earlier, Daryl and Shirley Jenkins died in the same room, but their toxicology reports did not make it to the Boone police until after Jeffrey died.

    Then the Watauga County Medical Examiner resigned on Friday.

    After an elderly couple died in room 225 two months ago, Eyewitness News learned the state toxicology reports were never put at the top of a priority list.

    On Saturday night, the state said no one ever told them to expedite the results.

    "I don't know why they didn't expedite them, but the thinking at the time was that it was not carbon monoxide," said Chief Police Officer Dana Crawford.

    Eyewitness News uncovered this timeline:

    Daryl and Shirley Jenkins died on April 16.

    The state completed its toxicology report proving carbon monoxide killed Shirley on June 1, but here is where the delay became deadly.

    Officers did not receive the report results even though they asked for them weeks earlier, until June 10, two days after another person died in the same room ? 11-year-old Jeffrey Williams.

    "It's like he slipped through the cracks," said Jennifer Hunt.

    The state said Watauga County Medical Examiner Dr. Brent Hall had that report the week before Williams died.

    Hall suddenly resigned on Friday, but he has not answered questions about when he received the report.

    The state said on Saturday, "These deaths were a tragedy that should have never happened. The Department of Health and Human Services is continuing to gather the facts."

    It said staff had been instructed, "to work with local officials to identify measures to ensure tragedies like this never happen again."
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    My question is why would the hotel have the released the room if 2 people died in there and they didn't have the results as to why?
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    I don't see how the medical examiner could be considered at fault. It does sometimes take weeks for these kinds of reports to go through the appropriate channels. If this case hadn't been flagged as a high priority, why *should* it get expedited? The sole blame lies with hotel management who rented out that room again without having answers as to why the first two people died. I mean, if there was a knife lying next to them and blood all over, or empty bottles of pills, the answer would be pretty obvious so go ahead & clean up & get that room back into circulation. One person dying quietly in bed could be a heart attack, but two people dying quietly in bed together? The odds of two simultaneous heart attacks seems highly unlikely, so why was the room *not* checked for carbon monoxide immediately? That seems to be the most obvious answer. The management could have easily done that with a $6 CO detector without having to wait for the official death report on the first two victims.

    Some states require hotel rooms to have CO detectors in hotel rooms. Maybe North Carolina should consider passing such a law.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    I don't see how the medical examiner could be considered at fault. It does sometimes take weeks for these kinds of reports to go through the appropriate channels. If this case hadn't been flagged as a high priority, why *should* it get expedited? The sole blame lies with hotel management who rented out that room again without having answers as to why the first two people died. I mean, if there was a knife lying next to them and blood all over, or empty bottles of pills, the answer would be pretty obvious so go ahead & clean up & get that room back into circulation. One person dying quietly in bed could be a heart attack, but two people dying quietly in bed together? The odds of two simultaneous heart attacks seems highly unlikely, so why was the room *not* checked for carbon monoxide immediately? That seems to be the most obvious answer. The management could have easily done that with a $6 CO detector without having to wait for the official death report on the first two victims.

    Some states require hotel rooms to have CO detectors in hotel rooms. Maybe North Carolina should consider passing such a law.
    I was going to say that. I looked it up and CA is one of those states that requires a detector. When I had my electrical fixed in Feb 2012, it was required that they put detectors as well.

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