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“It’s unprecedented,” Defective car battery possibly caused mysterious highway death of mother, daughter

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – It’s a case that stumped investigators for months.

Four months ago, 45-year-old Latifa Lincoln and 3-year-old Maksmilla Lincoln were found dead inside their 2006 Porsche Cayenne following a single-car fender bender along a Florida turnpike.

According to WESH, first responders at the scene complained of a strong odor and several even reported breathing problems.

Following an in-depth investigation, Assistant Medical Examiner Dr. Gary Utz told WESH that he believes the pair died of hydrogen sulfide intoxication as a result of a defective car battery.

“It’s unprecedented,” he said. “I haven’t been able to find another case.”

Utz says he has sent the battery along with other pieces of evidence for more extensive testing.

Until those results come back, the assistant medical examiner says he will not officially release that as the cause of death.