After Man Dies in SUV, Parking Cops Pile Tickets on Windshield With Body Still Inside

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by Jake Anderson

In a crude indictment of both human inattentiveness and local parking enforcement, it appears that over the course of four days, multiple parking citations were issued to a car that contained a dead man.

The SunSentinel reported that Jacob Morpeau, 62, of Miami, was found by police, his body slumped under the steering wheel. County resident Carolyn White, who discovered the body inside an Isuzu Axiom SUV, said the man held a credit card in his hand.

The Broward County Medical Examiner’s office stated Morpeau, an immigrant from Haiti, died from natural causes complicated by hypertensive cardiovascular disease. No one knows how precisely how long his body had been inside the Isuzu. What’s also unknown is how many of the tickets were written with Morpeau inside the vehicle.

What we do know is that, according to the SunSentinel:

“Two of the tickets were written within three minutes, and just six hours before White saw Morpeau’s body inside the SUV. The same parking officer cited the Isuzu for two expired meters, perhaps because the SUV’s front end was in part of the next parking space.”

White, who discovered the body, explained her interest:

“I was being nosy. I never let the meter man catch me. I never got a parking ticket and I wanted to know why somebody else got caught. And that’s what made me look inside.”

She continued:

“I can understand why the meter person probably didn’t see him from the driver’s side. He was underneath the steering wheel, his head was in the middle of the seat, between the two seats. But you could see him on the passenger’s side. That’s how I [saw] him, from the sidewalk.”

Upon discovering the body, White’s screams drew the attention of a nearby business owner, whose staff called the police.

Alain Danier, one of six of Morpeau’s adult children, said of his father: He was a good man. Danier noted Morpeau was cremated. He raised all of us, and gave us everything we needed.”

The city dismissed $160 of Morpeau’s parking fees “due to extenuating circumstances.”

Parking citations are a huge problem all across the state. The University of Florida alone issued 73,000 parking citations last year.

Are parking enforcement agents paying enough attention to the conditions of the vehicles they ticket? Furthermore, do humans practice enough cognizance and awareness in our moment to moment actions?  From this morbid case, maybe we can instruct a teachable moment: look around, be aware of the present, and the conditions of life pulsing within it.

And, perhaps, parking enforcement officers can learn to dial back their drive to issue tickets instead of mechanically doling them out without hesitation.

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  • breakawaymotorsports .

    “The city dismissed $160 of Morpeau’s parking fees “due to extenuating circumstances.” I’m sure they would have spent thousands trying to collect that $160 bucks..had they not been told the guy was dead..

  • That’s just sad.

  • Clementine

    How insanely pathetic!

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  • MorganThePirate

    A number of cities contract out parking enforcement to private companies who, in turn, employ absolute morons to write tickets. But they’ll never admit to imposing quotas on their minions even though everyone involved knows that a meter maggot is evaluated on the number of tickets written and the more tickets written, the bigger the “performance bonus.”

  • James

    If you go back to the 1920s. You will find the high court ruled on street parking meters illegal. They can be used on private of street lots. So the cops were handing out illegal tickets to a dead man. Sounds right to me for America.

  • RMS1911

    what if he was alive but non responsive when the first tickets were written?

  • NonYo Business

    A good example of what the police truly care about. Revenue generation. Pure and simple.

  • Oingo Boingo

    A creep, pseudo Tuff Guy VA cop, two days after I returned to State, wrote me a ticket for an expired Disabled Hang Tag that I couldn’t renew because I was out of State for over a year, had me paged to the lot over the clinic PA system and had a half dozen other VA asshole cops, uniformed and plainclothes, surround me when I came out to my car. Big fine attached to the ticket.
    Ex Flor-A-Duh Sherf Buttmonkey puts on a big Tuff Guy Show for the other copheads in attendance. I shut up and take it.
    Best part: a sane, sympathetic woman at the Federal courthouse made the creepy little git’s scrap of paper disappear.
    In case you don’t know it yet; the VA is really screwed up in almost every way and needs a new Trump Admin. Cabinet Secretary with broad powers to shape it up, and FIRE a lot of dead wood and incompetent assholes that infest it.
    If I became VA Secretary, I’d make Attila The Hun look like a Hippie flower picker by comparison.