PSE&G said in a statement on Sunday that service to Daniels' home was disconnected "due to lack of payment over several months". The reason for the New Jersey great-grandmother's death, per her family: PSE&G turned off her electricity due to an unpaid bill.
While there will be a complete investigation of this matter, our records indicate that this account was severely in arrears and we made at least 15 attempts to notify the customer since January, 2018, including two visits to the residence prior to the disconnection.
"We are reviewing our records to determine what transpired", Namiotka told NJ.com. Power to the home was restored on that same day. "I gave him $500 and they still cut off the utilities".
"Dangerous and unnecessary shut offs in the sweltering heat and frigid cold disproportionately impact low-income [families], the elderly and communities of color", NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks said when the association's report was released a year ago.
Her daughter Desiree said energy provider PSEG shut off her mother's service because she had fallen behind on payments.
A PSE&G spokesman said they were investigating, with police also probing Daniels' death.
Desiree, however, says family members and hospice workers in the past had informed the utility company in writing of Linda Daniels' medical issues. "We want to ensure it doesn't happen again, and we can not have our senior population in jeopardy like that".
Her daughter said she had made good faith payments citing that a $300 payment was sent in April, a $450 was sent following that, and July 3, two days before Daniels died, a $500 payment was made on the account.