Family: Rare Heart Condition Led To Broken Arrow Woman's Crash Death

Friday, May 6th 2016, 11:34 am
By: News On 6

The family of a Broken Arrow woman who died in a crash in Oklahoma City in March wants the community to know what led to her death.

Pam Douglas, 52, died on March 13, 2016 when her Mercedes SUV ran off I-35 and overturned multiple times.

The family says the police report on the crash was misleading and implied that bad driving was the cause. An autopsy revealed Douglas had a rare heart condition which the family believes incapacitated her and caused the crash.

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Douglas, her husband and other family members were returning from Texas when the crash happened. They had visited Douglas' father-in-law who passed away that day. 

Douglas and her husband were driving separate cars with her following behind and her husband was unaware of what happened. Using social media the family tracked down witnesses who said her SUV was speeding up and slowing down and had its flashers on just before the crash.

According to the autopsy, Douglas suffered from arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, a form of cardiomyopathy that occurs in about one in 5,000 people. It often occurs without symptoms and many times the first manifestation is sudden and unexpected death, the pathologist wrote.

The pathologist noted Douglas had not been drinking and was taking no medication that would have made her drowsy the night of her death.

Her family says Douglas lived in Broken Arrow for more than 25 years and was very active in the community, co-founding the non-profit organization Journey Adoption Education Services.