Winter Storm Jonas claims dozens of lives across the country

By Rose Minutaglio
January 25, 2016 12:55 PM
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At least 30 people have been reported dead so far due to the massive snowstorm that swept across the country over the weekend. Winter Storm Jonas shut down New York and Washington , D.C., and affected the lives of millions as it inundated the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast.

Pregnant teen Briahna Gerloff collapsed after shoveling snow outside her home in Pottstown. According to local police, the 18-year-old was 8 months pregnant and suffered from several heart defects. “I told her it probably wasn t a good idea for her to be outside shoveling,” a family member told NBC Philadelphia. “She wanted to do it anyway.” Briahna was taken to the hospital where both she and her baby, Kayliana, were pronounced dead.

A man trapped in his running car by a snowplow deluge died of carbon monoxide poisoning Saturday night, according to CBS Local. David Perrotto, 56, was pronounced dead less than an hour after he was found in Muhlenberg, Township.

Geneva College soccer player Nate Ferraco was killed in a car crash on an icy road near Evans City, Pennsylvania, on Saturday night. Ferraco, a freshman engineering student, and three students were returning from an indoor soccer league game when the accident occurred, according to WTAE. Two students in the car were treated and released for injuries, and the fourth person was not harmed, according to reports. Geneva College has created a tribute page to the varsity soccer player.

Washington, D.C.
An 82-year-old D.C. resident died of an apparent heart attack in his Washington home Sunday. The District of Columbia’s Chief Medical Examiner, Roger A. Mitchell Jr., has encouraged people to take breaks with shoveling to drink water. Mitchell also said to make sure and check on any elderly neighbors.

People walk on Pennsylvania Avenue in near whiteout conditions in Washington, D.C., on January 23.
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Veteran U.S. Capitol Police Officer Vernon J. Alston, 44, died Saturday after suffering a heart attack while shoveling snow at his Delaware home. “For 20 years, Officer Vernon Alston was a fixture on the Capitol grounds while keeping the community safe,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said in a statement.

A Kentucky transportation worker died on Saturday while plowing snow-covered roads in Christian County, Kentucky. Christopher Adams, 44, was an employee for 16 years.

A Williamsburg, Kentucky, resident died when his car collided with a salt truck Thursday. Billy R. Stevens, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Whitley County Coroner’s Office, according to WKYT.

Two men died while shoveling snow in the state of Maryland. One 49-year-old suffered cardiac arrest in Abingdon and another collapsed in Fort Washington.

A plow clears snow from a street in Rockville, Md.
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New Jersey
A New Jersey mother and her infant son lost their lives after their car filled with carbon monoxide gas due to a snow-clogged tailpipe. Sashalynn Rosa, 23, and her baby boy Messiah, 1, lost their lives. Three-year-old daughter Saniya, also in the vehicle, is in critical condition as of Sunday night.

A tow truck operator works an accident along I-95 near Richmond, Virginia, on Jan. 22, 2016.
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New York
A 66-year-old man from Long Island was killed after getting hit by a snow plow Sunday afternoon, according to CBS New York. Al Mansoor was standing in front of his home when the vehicle struck him. Mansoor was rushed to Northwell Health Syosset Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Three people died while shoveling snow – two from Queens and one from Staten Island.

North Carolina
A staggering six deaths occurred in North Carolina over the weekend, according to reports. Among them was a 4-year-old who lost his life Friday afternoon after the truck he was riding in with his family spun out of control and crashed, according to Newsday.

An 18-year-old high school senior was killed in a hit-and-run sledding incident that occurred in Wheelersburg, Ohio, Friday night. Ethan Pauley was on a sled being pulled by an ATV vehicle at night when a car drove through a red light and hit him. The driver confirmed he felt something but continued to drive, according to WSAZ.

South Carolina
Ruby Bell, 86, and Robert Bell, 87, died in their Greenville, South Carolina, home from carbon monoxide poisoning after they lost power during the storm and set up a generator in their garage. The elderly couple was found dead by their son Saturday morning. The time of death is believed to be Friday night. Ruby and Robert had been married for 67 years.

A 44-year-old man was killed after he was hit by a vehicle that spun out of control after hitting an ice patch.

Two road-related deaths occurred in the state of Tennessee over the weekend.

A tow truck operator works an accident along I-95 near Richmond, Virginia, on Jan. 22, 2016.
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Virginia Tech filmmaker Jerry Scheeler died Friday from shoveling snow outshide of his Daleville, Virginia, house.

Two people were killed from single-vehicle crashes in Virginia due to icy road conditions.

Five hypothermia-related deaths were confirmed by the medical examiner’s office.