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Police: Elderly Flint man dead after trying to shovel out car

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(01/07/14) - An elderly Flint man, who Flint Police say was trying to shovel his car out of the snow, died early Tuesday afternoon.

Flint Police Chief James Tolbert said they believe the 75-year-old man likely had a heart attack.

"I was shaking him. I kept saying, "Elmo, you can't die today. You just can't die today," said neighbor Jacqueline Jordan.

She and Nola Walker, who identified herself as the man's niece, identified him as Elmo White.

Jordan said White had backed his car out of his clear driveway and got stuck on the street, on West Gracelawn, near Dupont, where he lived.

"He did something he's never did," Jordan said. "He's never shoveled the snow. Whatever it was, he wanted to get out. I kept watching him, running back and forth from the house."

Jordan said she was waiting for him to stay outside long enough for her to go over and tell him to stop when she noticed he was on the ground near where he was trying to shovel.

"I feel so bad," said Walker, with other family members checking on his home shortly after it all happened.

Walker said he lived alone, "His wife passed about a year ago in February." 

She said White was a General Motors' retiree.

Jordan just couldn't get over why he was trying to dig himself out. She said he's usually so careful.

"He know (sic) better," she said. 

Jordan said he scolded her and a friend Monday night when they were out in the elements and just Tuesday morning, talked a neighbor out of her situation. Jordan said she was stuck in the street, trying to drive way to work.

"He said, 'I can't push, but I can talk you out.'"

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