Car Battery Fumes Blamed in Freak Roadside Deaths of Mom and 3-Year-Old Daughter: Report

Car Battery Fumes Blamed in Freak Roadside Deaths of Mom and 3-Year-Old Daughter: Report (WKMG)

Months after the mysterious roadside deaths of a Florida mom and her 3-year-old daughter, officials in Orlando have revealed the cause.

The lifeless bodies of Latifa Lincoln, 45, and her daughter, Maksmilla Lincoln, were discovered in the mother's Porsche Cayenne on the Florida Turnpike back in June.

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The car was still running when a state trooper spotted the SUV and the radio was turned on.

After a rigorous investigation, a medical examiner said Tuesday the deaths were caused by hydrogen sulfide intoxication, likely as the result of a defect in the car’s battery. 

The colorless gas has a pungent odor and first responders were forced to retreat from the vehicle after they approached it and saw Lincoln and her daughter, who did not appear to be breathing.

In a release obtained by InsideEdition.com, the Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner's Office called the manner of death "unprecedented."

"While the source [of hydrogen sulfide] is most likely to be attributed to a malfunction of the battery, this remains to be confirmed. This case is unprecedented.

"Despite the large numbers of lead acid batteries in use worldwide, no other fatalities of this type have been reported. Similar batteries, under experimental conditions, have been shown to produce hydrogen sulfide gas," the statement read.

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The statement also suggested the deaths were preventable.

"The battery was not the original battery for the vehicle, [or] the correct battery and is believed to have malfunctioned," the statement said.

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