Woman Visiting Husband's Grave in Montgomery County Dies After Crash in Cemetery

A Pennsylvania woman visiting her husband's grave in Montgomery County died after she had an asthma attack that caused her to crash her car in the cemetery.

The Berks County coroner -- which investigated since she died later at a Berks County hospital -- says 68-year-old Nancy Heist died about four hours after the crash Saturday evening at the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Pottstown.

Her 76-year-old husband, Walter, had died Feb. 10 after 42 years of marriage.

The Colebrookdale woman had the asthma attack while driving about 6 p.m. and that caused her to lose control of her car, which glanced off a tree then hit another head on.


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The coroner says Heist was trapped in the car for hours, but survived the crash and was rescued. She was taken to Reading Hospital where she died of respiratory failure.

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