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Dead driver 'unnoticed on busy road for days'

2013-03-08 05:24:53

The body of a driver lay undetected on the front seat of his car beside one of New Zealand's busiest roads for five days before anyone called police, according to reports.

Auckland resident Alvin Singh was reported missing on February 22 and his corpse was found in his car, parked in plain sight near a major intersection, on February 27, after somebody eventually raised the alarm, police told the local news organisation Fairfax Media.

CCTV footage showed him pulling over and leaving the car briefly before getting back in prior to his death, police said.

Detective inspector Mark Gutry said the death was not being treated as suspicious and that it was unusual for a body to lie undetected for so long, saying it may have been because Mr Singh reclined his seat before he died.

"He was in the front seat, which was reclined, and he had sort of rolled over on the seat," Mr Gutry said. "After that time in a hot car, it wasn't pleasant."

He told the New Zealand Herald that 34-year-old Mr Singh had suffered from a pre-existing medical condition, which was the likely cause of his death.

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