Queens Widow Blames NYPD For Husband’s Death

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Queens woman is blaming police for her husband’s fatal heart attack over a week ago, when she said they tried to write her a summons for not wearing a seat belt.

When Doris Hudson and her husband Robert, both 72-years-old, pulled into a Queens Village pharmacy on January 14, NYPD officers proceeded to conduct a routine stop.

When the officers were about to write up a summons for Mrs. Hudson because she was not wearing her seat belt, she was unable to produce identification.

Mrs. Hudson claims the officers made her husband walk a half mile home to get her I.D. Police officials, however, contend they never made Mr. Hudson return to his resident, but said he insisted on getting his wife’s I.D.

Police also said the couple was informed they had sufficient identification at the scene to write the summons.

When Mr. Hudson returned with the I.D., his wife had gotten her prescription from the pharmacy, and police had written the summons based on the prescription information, CBS 2’s John Slattery reported.

After the elderly couple drove off, Robert Hudson collapsed at the wheel and later died Franklin Hospital.

The couple’s daughter Ernestine Hudson said her father died of a massive heart attack.

“They took away my partner, my best friend. They took everything from me,” Hudson told reporters, including 1010 WINS’ Al Jones.

“We hold these police accountable for their actions,” Hudson’s Attorney, Bonita Zelman, said.

Zelman plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Hudson and called the situation “outrageous.”

“They made him walk. They didn’t let him drive his own van to give a seat belt ticket,” Zelman said.

Meanwhile, with her voice choke in emotion addressing reporters, Doris Hudson said she felt lost without her husband.

“He was the love of my life and all I want is some justice for this,” she said.

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  • bj

    why would the cops hold the wife while the husband goes home to get ID? something is not right with this picture. they wrote the summons anyway by the time he got back. so what is the real story here

  • mathemagician83

    It would be interesting to know exactly what happened here. Certainly it wouldn’t be unlike law enforcement to ignore serious emergency health issues, such as profuse bleeding from the neck during a traffic stop for speeding (to get to a hospital of course), in order to issue a citation. Narcissistic officers may be disillusioned enough to believe they are in the right, even if it results in death. Even in these cases, the officers typically get a little slap on the wrist: a couple weeks of paid “suspension,” otherwise known as a paid vacation.

  • Karen

    These cops stood by while a 72 year old man went on a one mile round trip walk in the snow to get ID that was not needed? They sound like lying racist pigs to me. This man died over a seat belt stop. Those cops need to be fired, then fried.

  • Kendall Raye

    @Jack, I could not agree more…I’m creating voodoo dolls right now in their honor. All I need now are their names and badge numbers!

  • John

    Oh, I smell money. Hey nycused2bfun jump off the building you’ll feel better.

  • jack

    Typical public service worker – needed to fulfill a quota – why not write elder people going to drug for medication.

    Just list the names of the police.

    Pray to god, those police officer guys will soon meet their maker.



    Here we go again, blaming someone else because you think you can….gimme a break, not wearing a seatbelt is BREAKING THE LAW!! They had every right to write the summons and it takes years of habits to produce a heart attack, not a seatbelt summons and some story about how the forced him to walk home…….quit blaming everyone else…you broke the law…maybe that stress caused it

    • Johnny

      OMG, not wearing your seatbelt, the horror! The seatbelt law is nothing more than a revenue generating tactic and another tool for the NYPD to search your vehicle for something larger to hammer you with. Much like red cameras and other traffic “violations”, it generates money for the city and has absolutely nothing to do with safety or your well being.

    • What do we have cops for?

      The couple pulled into the pharmacy’s parking lot, which is private property. DMV laws are not enforceable, other than public streets.

      These cops are bad liars.

    • supererro

      You are so wrong! Fear itself and even anger can cause an instant heart attack without a prior heart condition. The law says when there is “probable cause” then you invade the privacy of every individual. She said she took the seat belt off to leave the vehicle, and I believe her!!!!!!!! YOU HAVE NO IDEA OF THE ABUSE OF POWER ON THE STREETS OF NYC……….

  • Hot Blooded

    I saw this story on channel 11 news at 6pm on Saturday. Very sad, reminds me of my own parents going to the drug store to pick up prescriptions. I don”t believe the police officials account that they had sufficient i.d at the scene to write the summons, and told him not to walk home. Otherwise, why would he have walked home???

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