Man, 78, dies as bailiff takes him to ATM

Jan. 16, 2009 at 11:53 PM

BLACKBURN, England, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- An investigation has been ordered into the death of an elderly British man who collapsed with a heart attack when a debt collector drove him to an ATM.

His family says Andy Miller, 78, had suffered a heart attack and stroke several weeks before, the Daily Mail reported. Relatives had notified authorities he was unable to pay a 60-pound ($90) fine for speeding because of his health problems.

Magistrates in Blackburn, however, ordered a debt collector, or bailiff, to go to his home in Accrington and added stiff penalties. Miller died before he got to the ATM.

"Dad was put under incredible duress," Mick Miller said. "I know how nervous he had been and what a strain this would have been on him."

Justice Minister Jack Straw, who represents Blackburn in Parliament, has ordered the investigation.

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