South Whitehall death attributed to Sandy
Hurricane Sandy, which brought devastation and darkness to 17 states along the East Coast Monday night and Tuesday, is also responsible for the death of an elderly South Whitehall Township woman.
Theresa Schlitzer, 86, of 2425 Route 309, Orefield, South Whitehall, was found unresponsive in her yard after prolonged exposure to the extreme weather from Hurricane Sandy after 10:30 p.m. Oct. 29, according to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim.
Deputy Coroner Jason Nicholas pronounced Schlitzer dead at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 30, at her home.
Grim said her cause of death was attributed to hypothermia and he ruled the manner of her death an accident.
Sandy is said to have claimed 51 lives since it came ashore just south of Atlantic City, N.J. around 8 p.m. Monday.