A 22-year-old woman died in a Texas jail on Tuesday as a result of neglect following her arrest two weeks prior.
Symone Marshall had borrowed her boyfriend’s car to run an errand with her friend, Amanda Arnold, when they got into an accident. A car ran them off the road, causing their vehicle to flip three times.
When police arrived on the scene, Marshall gave them a fake name and officers found cocaine in the car. The two young women were arrested and booked on drug charges. Marshall was also charged with falsifying her identity.
Though Arnold was released from custody the next day, Marshall was unable to pay her $5,000 bond and was forced to remain at the Walker County jail. Two weeks later, she suffered a seizure in her cell and was pronounced dead shortly after.
Marshall’s family claims that the young woman had asked for medical attention at the scene of the accident, but was denied help by police and immediately taken into custody. Marshall’s sister told the Daily News that when she spoke to her sister, she had complained of head pain and was frequently blacking out.
Symone Marshall leaves behind a three-year-old daughter. Her family launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for her funeral. On the page, they state that they are seeking “justice for the two weeks of gross negligence that resulted in her death.”
The page also states the following: “Symone consistently begged to be taken to a hospital, complained that she didn’t feel good and police refused to take her to a hospital to be evaluated by professional doctors, (even with her sister, Honey Marshall calling and requesting for them to do so) which resulted in her dying in jail two weeks later on May 10th, 2016 from a blood clot in her lung.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 3 million injuries and 40,000 deaths occur from the 5.5 million car accidents the U.S. experiences annually. Marshall’s sister believes that Symone’s injuries could have been treated, ultimately preventing her death if the officers had taken her to a real hospital rather than letting her suffer and die in jail.