Virginia nursing home resident falls into creek, dies

Virginia nursing home resident falls into creek, dies
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A nursing home resident who fell into creek in Virginia has died.

Charlottesville Fire Chief Andrew Baxter tells The Daily Progress a caller reported a man had fallen out of his wheelchair and into the creek Sunday afternoon. He was found in cardiac arrest about 20 minutes after the call, and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A spokesman for the Ohio-based CommuniCare Family of Companies, Fred Stratmann, says the man was a resident at one of the company's facilities, Cedars Healthcare Center. He says the man had signed himself out of the facility on multiple leaves of absence without incident.

Stratmann says the facility will conduct an internal analysis to see if anything could have prevented the man's death.

Both Stratmann and Charlottesville authorities declined to identify the man.

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