Two drivers, in two separate trucks, on two separate days, were found dead in their trucks this week.
According to the News-Herald, on April 14, employees at Five Star Trucking, located at 4380 Glenbrook Road in Willoughby, Ohio, found Richard Pulsipher, 44, slumped over in the driver’s seat of his truck.
When police arrived they found Pulsipher, of Kearns, Utah, deceased. Pulsipher’s truck had allegedly been parked at the Five Star Trucking lot for two days.
Willoughby Police Detective Lt. James Schultz told the News-Herlad that an autopsy will be performed on the 44-year-old driver, but at this time, the driver’s death appears to be “nothing suspicious.”
Fast forward two days. At approximately 8:00 a.m. on April 16, 49-year-old truck driver Anthony G. Satterfield, of Chatsworth, Georgia, was found dead in his truck.
Satterfield’s truck was parked on Glenbrook Road, just outside of Five Star Trucking.
A friend of Satterfield’s saw his truck parked in the same location the day prior but figured Satterfield was resting before heading back out. When he drive by the next day, and saw the truck still parked in the same place, he became worried.
The friend went to check on Satterfield and found him slumped over in the passenger seat.
Satterfield was transported to a local hospital. An autopsy has been scheduled.
“There were no apparent signs of criminal activity in or around the vehicle,” Schultz told the News-Herald. “It appears to be a medical issue.”
“Police do not believe the company committed any wrong doing,” the News-Hearld reported.
Schultz said he believes both incidences are not connected and are “totally a coincidence.”
Kari Fisher, of the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network, suggests that family members of those who die suddenly in their trucks should request the driver’s CO levels be tested.
Fisher also talked with the FMCSA at MATS. Fisher is pushing for sudden or suspicious driver’s deaths to be investigated at the federal level. “At this time the only way the FBI will step in, is if requested to do so at a local level . I strongly encourage writing your representatives,” Fisher advised.