86-year-old woman accidentally hangs herself with medical alert necklace

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. – An 86-year-old  Cumberland County woman is dead after she trips and is accidentally hanged by her medical alert necklace. It happened on February 15.

County Coroner Charles Hall says Roseann DiFrancesco was found dead in her bathroom by a visiting nurse who entered the home after getting no response after knocking.

Hall says DiFrancesco was using her walker when she lost her balance and fell. Her medical alert necklace got caught on the handle of the walker. She was left hanging by the necklace which led to her death.

Her death has been ruled accidental.

Medical alert devices are quite common. Most are worn suspended by a necklace. Hall says DiFrancesco’s necklace did not have a break away clasp.