Hearse Driver Dies near Beverly Hills Hotel with Casket in Transit to Funeral Viewing

by Russell's Rants

On Monday, Beverly Hills Police found a hearse driver dead, slumped behind the steering wheel and parked near the Beverly Hills Hotel.  She was later identified as 58 year-old Garlandine Garvin of Los Angeles.

Lieutenant Lincoln Hoshino of the Beverly Hills Police Department said that the driver’s death appeared to be from natural causes and was not considered to be suspicious.  He told me that a definitive cause of death would be forthcoming from the coroner’s office.

Ms. Garvin’s custom white Lincoln Continental hearse was carrying full fare of a casket and body inside.  Police say they were headed to a funeral viewing but never arrived.

Around 3:00 p.m. on Monday, a passerby called emergency, and police and paramedics responded to the 900 block of North Crescent Drive, which is a stone’s throw from the famous hotel in Beverly Hills.

Ms. Garvin was identified by a high school reunion site as a 1971 graduate of the Wichita Height High School in Kansas.  No word on the disposition of the body she was carrying.