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Mother of trucker found deceased in cab wonders why responding officers didn’t open the truck sooner 


The mother of a truck driver found dead in the cab of his truck says that some of the details surrounding the case just don’t add up. 

Rochester First reports that 37-year-old Jeffrey Shorter was found deceased inside of his cab parked along 590 southbound near Elmwood Avenue in Rochester, New York on April 1st. Now, Shorter’s mother says that she wants answers. 

Susan Sackett says that her son’s bobtail truck was stopped on the side of 590 for a full 24 hours, and that police had stopped to check out the truck at least once in that period without opening the truck up. She wants to know why an officer didn’t open up the truck and look inside sooner, and wonders if an earlier check-in could have saved her son’s life.  

 “That’s what’s embedded in my mind is could he have saved my son?” she said of the officer who checked on the truck without opening it. 

“The window was rolled all the way down. Something was happening with Jeff because it was freezing cold that night,” she continued to Rochester First.

“Somehow, someway, Jeff was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He pulled over the cab for some reason or another because with the window down because something was happening to him.”

Investigators have not yet released a cause of death for Shorter, but there is a known family history of heart attacks. 

“Last week was a day that I’ll just never forget and it’s embedded in my life and I don’t even know why it happened…. I know Jeff is still here.”

The incident is still under investigation. A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with expenses.


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