The elderly woman had a somewhat shocked look on her face, her mouth slightly open underneath an oxygen mask, as she sat buckled in the front passenger seat.
The car, parked on a footpath, was partially covered in a thin layer of snow. Temperatures in the small city of Hudson, New York were in the single digits that Friday morning.
A citizen saw the woman and frantically called 911, according to news reports. The elderly woman had “frozen to death,” she told authorities.
Hudson police rushed to the location of the Subaru, CBS New York reported. Officers were unable to find the owner of the car, so they smashed the back passenger-side window — only to find that the woman was actually a life-size mannequin.
The mannequin was “extremely realistic,” CBS New York reported, citing a news release from the Hudson Police Department. It was wearing women’s clothing and glasses, and its face was covered in liver spots.
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