The family of a woman who died inside a Nevada county jail says guards ignored her pleas to be taken to a doctor. Initially pulled over for speeding, Kelly Coltrain was then jailed for unpaid tickets and driving with a suspended license. Three days later, she died in her cell.
A surveillance camera captured Coltrain’s agonizing final hours, and the images are disturbing. She was suffering painful drug withdrawals, reports CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers.
Coltrain spent much of her final day convulsing and throwing up in her jail cell. Surveillance video shows her being ordered to mop up her own vomit. About an hour later, around 6:30 p.m., she appears to die.
“There wasn’t a pulse taken. There wasn’t an aspirin. They left her to die,” attorney Terri Keyser-Cooper said.
Keyser-Cooper said Coltrain revealed her drug addiction and history of seizures and withdrawals to guards shortly after she was arrested last July. The 27-year-old even asked to see a doctor, but a deputy said he told her: “I’m not going to take you over to the hospital right now just to get your fix.”
“The hospital is right across the street from the jail. How long would that take? Two minutes to take her over there?” Keyser-Cooper said.
A guard checked on Coltrain around 12:30 a.m. By then she was cold and unresponsive. At 5:40 a.m., about 11 hours after she died, her body was finally removed from the cell.
Via: CBS News