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Family of man who drowned in puddle angry at nursing home

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JEFFREY COLLINS
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The family of a 66-year-old man who drowned in a puddle while pinned under his electric wheelchair during Hurricane Matthew wants to know why employees left him alone at his South Carolina nursing home.

David Outlaw's brother Richard raises the question in an Associated Press interview: If Gov. Nikki Haley was telling everyone to stay inside, why did the nursing home let his brother out for a smoke and not check on him at the height of the storm?

Outlaw's wife, Carol, says his left side was paralyzed in a stroke about seven years ago. She sent him to the National Health Care facility in Columbia, where his health improved.

Authorities say a nurse found Outlaw face down in a puddle about 7:45 a.m. Oct. 8. An incident report says Outlaw refused to come inside before his death.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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