A man drove his dead girlfriend across the country when he was traveling from Arizona to Michigan. The Detroit man was returning home and on a long trip and his girlfriend died on the way. New York Post reports Ray Tomlinson, 31, didn't stop because he partly worried about being arrested. He also wanted to get his 92-year-old grandmother back home.
During the drive, the man had his dead girlfriend in the passenger seat and his grandmother in the back seat. After the woman's death, Tomlinson said he wanted to get he to a Michigan morgue.
"I had a 92-year-old that does not travel very well," said Tomlinson. 'The priority was to get her home and in a safe place."
No charges have been filed, but authorities are waiting for results from the autopsy's toxicology reports.
Tomlinson added that he feared if he stopped during the drive, law enforcement "would have impounded my vehicle, they would have probably incarcerated me to do an investigation."
He put sunglasses on his girlfriend and fastened her seatbelt. She had been dead at least 24 hours, police said.
Now the man wishes he made a different choice. He said he loved his girlfriend very much.
He told the Free Press he wished he had done things differently.
“I loved her very much,” Tomlinson said.
There's a bit of a backstory to this report. The woman had checked herself out of a mental health facility. She was known to abuse drugs and may have taken oxycodone. Tomlinson had taken care of his grandmother for 10 years and was worried about keeping her comfortable.
Any man who drives their dead girlfriend across the country like this makes it seem more suspicious than if something else could have been done by calling for assistance.