Man dies after driving wheelchair into river

Victim's wife tells police her husband suffered from rare disease, and he deliberately drove motorized wheelchair into water
Sandusky Register Staff
Jul 16, 2013

A Port Clinton man died Tuesday morning, just hours after driving his motorized wheelchair off a pier and into the Portage River, according to a Port Clinton police report.

Thomas J. Miller, 52, died at 5 a.m. Tuesday, about six hours after he belted himself into his wheelchair and drove into the river.

Miller's wife later told police her husband had been suffering from a rare disease since 2006, and he had been battling depression. He left the home Monday evening, and when his wife reached him on his cell phone, he told her he was at the pier near the municipal parking lot.

"I can't take it anymore," he told his wife, according to the police report.

Two witnesses told police they saw Miller ride the scooter down a ramp and onto a floating dock, where he stopped and looked briefly out over the water, the report said. He then turned the scooter to the north and accelerated quickly, driving off the end of the dock and into the water.

He was belted into the scooter and he did not surface after going into the water. Police retrieved a rope from an officer's rescue bag and, with help from witnesses, they wrapped the rope around a wheel of the scooter, the report said. Once the scooter was lifted from the water, Miller slipped out of the seatbelt. Rescuers found his body near the edge of the dock.

He was taken to Magruder Hospital and later flown by medical helicopter to another hospital, according to the police report.

Ottawa County coroner Dan Cadigan said Miller was pronounced dead at a Toledo hospital.

Comments

sandtown born a...

How sad is this story? Poor guy battling a disease and depression as a result Of his sickness I'm sure. Feeling like this was his solution to the problems he was going thru. My thoughts are with his family may he be at peace

MrSandusky

I am sure that the proofreaders are loving this paragraph:

He was belted into the scooter and he did not surfaced after going into the water. Police retrieved a rope from an officer's rescue bag and, with help from witnesses, they wrapped the rope around a wheel of the scooter, the report said. Once the scooter was lifted from the water, Miller slipped out of the seatbelt. Rescuers from his body near the edge of the dock.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Really? Is that what you got from this story?

deertracker

R.I.P. Mr. Miller! Some people have no desire to live in a power chair.

PaulYall

Hopefully if he had life insurance, they cover suicide! Poor guy!

2cents

My condolences to the family, may you find peace knowing he left this world for a more comfortable place and is no longer in pain! This would be a good place to have a DNR in place for him and others that may have had to make decisions against his will.

On another note, sometimes it is good to have your life insurance bundled with your health insurance. The company may be more willing to pay the life rather than keep funding your health in some of these situations.

Just saying!

tonto

Goodbye friend.

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The Hero Zone

This is a sad story and it is numbing to think that things got to a point in someone's life where this seemed to be the only way out.

I really don't want to open a can of worms with this, but wouldn't it be better to have a legal, humane, and dignified way for people who choose to leave early than having them resort to this or other acts that are both costly and traumatizing on the emotions and wallets of a family or community?

deertracker

Agreed!

starryeyes83

And they all thought Kevorkian was the Devil Incarnate.

Maybe , he was right.

donutshopguy

We put animals down that are in pain or unable to live a meaningful life.

So sad we can not offer humans the same dignity or relief from suffering .

deertracker

I totally agree! An animal is treated better than a human that is terminally ill! People have to realize that death is a part of life and accept the fact that not all life is a necessarily one of quality. There should be a way to end life in a dignified manner!

2cents

A close friend works in a rehab hospital. She watches as people lay there and die slowly suffering while the family wants to keep them on a full code, more for themselves than the person heading to the other side. Jack had a good thing for people that wanted to pass with dignity, I watched that trial and just thought, too bad they are doing this to him :(

Jimmy G

R.I.P. Tommy.

Dolph02

So very very sad.My condolences to the family.

puddin95

Tommy we will miss you!!!!!!