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UPDATE: 89-Year-Old Totowa Woman Killed From CO Poisoning After Leaving Car Running in Garage


Passaic County officials said at approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Totowa Police were dispatched to 41 Knollwood Road on a report of an unresponsive female. Upon their arrival, responding officers met with a family member of 89-year-old Ethel Rosskopf, who had gone to the home to check on Ms. Rosskopf’s well-being before calling the police. CO poisoning

Upon entering the home, the family member observed Ms. Rosskopf’s vehicle in the garage with its engine running and noticed a strong odor of carbon monoxide.  

Officials said a short time later, Ms. Rosskopf was discovered unresponsive lying on the kitchen floor.

Medics pronounced her deceased at the scene.  

Police said the subsequent investigation revealed that the carbon monoxide level in the home was 200 parts per million; where a normal reading should be 0 parts per million.

There were no signs of foul play at the scene, and there is no danger to the public