Fine Proposed in Rehab Patient’s Death

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut authorities are proposing a $510 fine against a rehabilitation hospital after a patient stole a van and died in a crash.

The Department of Public Health last week cited Gaylord Hospital of Wallingford, saying it failed to properly secure the van’s keys before 31-year-old Asilin Dorsey took them.

The New Haven Register reports (http://bit.ly/oss49p) Dorsey was hospitalized for a head injury from a prior crash when she became agitated over waiting an extra day for her family to pick her up for a visit.

She took the keys from an unlocked desk despite an employee’s efforts to stop her, then was killed when she hit a tree nearby on the Wilbur Cross Parkway.

Gaylord spokesman Cindy Whitcomb says the hospital remains in discussions with state officials about the citation.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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