After a car crashed into a bank building in Tarzana, Calif., paramedics rescued the driver, who said he was the only occupant of the vehicle.
The next day, family members asked what happened to his mother.
Officials called the police impound lot where the car was taken and asked tow truck drivers to check the car to see if they found "anything unusual" inside.
Employees looked -- and called 911.
"We discovered the woman inside the vehicle," a police spokesman said.
"She was dead." Rescue personnel had missed Shirley Lee Williams, 72, since she was apparently under the deployed air bag.
The county coroner said Williams died within minutes of the accident, rather than sometime in the night in the impound lot.
(Los Angeles Times)