Stroke Death Of Inmate Sparks State Investigation | Roland Martin Reports

Stroke Death Of Inmate Sparks State Investigation

Source: Peter Jamison / Tampa Bay Times

TAMPA — The Florida Department of Health has launched an investigation into the medical care received by Allen Daniel Hicks Sr., a Tampa man who suffered a fatal stroke that went untreated for 36 hours as he languished in the Hillsborough County jail system.

The inquiry appears to be focused on employees of Armor Correctional Health Services Inc., the Miami-based private contractor that manages Hillsborough prisoners’ health care, according to lawyers who have been in touch with the Department of Health.

Hicks, 51, was arrested in May 2012 after veering off Interstate 275 in Tampa. He was booked into jail without a medical screening, rambling incoherently and dragging his left leg.

More than a full day passed — during much of which Hicks lay on the floor of his cell or tried to crawl using only his right limbs — before he was taken to Tampa General Hospital and immediately diagnosed with a severe ischemic stroke. He slipped into a coma and died months later.

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