In the midst of a devastating outbreak of coronavirus, a story of two people taking their own lives is beginning to make headlines.
But for many, the story is being ignored.
What started out as a single-vehicle crash in southern California ended in a quadruple suicide in June.
The driver and two passengers of a car, identified as Michael C, and Amanda B, also took their own life, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
The investigation into their deaths was reopened last month.
A couple weeks after the fatal crash, a woman from Texas jumped off a bridge in Oklahoma.
Her husband, an Air Force veteran, was arrested and charged with the suicide, but he later pled not guilty.
The couple had two children and had recently moved to Oklahoma from Texas.
They had recently completed an air conditioning business in Texas and had just purchased a new car.
When they were killed, they left behind a family, friends and a pet cat named Pops.
The sheriff’s department said they had moved to the area in April to live with relatives.
But for others, the tragedy is being brushed off.
The Riverside County coroner said there was no indication that the driver or passengers were suicidal, according, Fox Sports reported.
“They had just been released from the hospital.
And so there was not a note or any kind of anything indicating to us that this was going to be a fatal situation,” said Riverside County Coroner Joe Wahl.
“So there was nothing that indicated that they were going to take their lives.”
It is not clear why the victims of the crash were not taken to a hospital.
The two were apparently trying to flee their home.
They were discovered by an air traffic controller in a parking lot of a Walmart in North Riverside, California, and taken to the hospital, Wahl said.
They were pronounced dead at the hospital about an hour later.
The cause of death is not yet known.
“It was very disturbing,” said neighbor Marla Tannenbaum.
“We’ve never heard of something like that before.”
The sheriff’s office said the couple had recently purchased a home in the town of Corona and had moved there.
“It was not known what their financial situation was,” Wahl told Fox Sports.
A spokesperson for Walmart, the local Wal-Mart chain, declined to comment.
Walmart spokesman Eric Johnson said the company is investigating the crash, but would not comment on the details of the case.
“We are aware of this incident, and we are working with the Riverside Sheriff’s Office to determine what went wrong,” he said.
The sheriff said investigators are working to determine whether the driver and passengers were using the wrong vehicle or were taking their cars into an intersection.