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Investigators: Elderly man dies after thrown from wheelchair

Investigators: Elderly man dies after thrown from wheelchair (WRGB){ }

QUEENSBURY, NY (WRGB) The funeral is scheduled for Wednesday for a man who died after falling out of his wheelchair in a transport van.

The Warren County sheriff's office says 70-year-old Peter Bovair of lake George was being driven from a doctors appointment to his nursing home. His wheelchair was secured, but he didn't have a seatbelt on and was thrown out of his chair during an abrupt stop.

Lt Steven Stockdale with the Warren County Sheriff's Office says his department is still investigating with the State Department of Health, which oversees nursing homes.

Bovair was a resident at the Warren Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Queensbury.

"We are looking at everything we can look at right now to determine whether or not there are any elements of criminal wrongdoing," said Stockdale.

At this point no charges have been filed as they continue the investigation.

The law is vague over whether a seatbelt must be worn. The ADA does not require it unless all passengers are required to wear them or if the facility has a policy in place.

A Spokesperson for The Warren Center and its management sent a statement saying everyone is devastated and quote:

"We express our deepest condolences to the family and, at the same time, the facility continues to work closely with authorities on this on-going investigation in order to determine the cause of this tragedy.

"As a well-respected post-acute care organization in the community, we will take every step to make sure that something like this will never happen again."

Statement from the NYS Health Department:

The New York State Department of Health takes the health and safety of nursing home residents with the utmost seriousness. The Department's investigation into the death of a resident at Warren Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing is ongoing. As this remains an active investigation, we cannot comment further.

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