Autopsy rules death of Lufkin woman found at bottom of pool as accident

Autopsy rules death of Lufkin woman found at bottom of pool as accident

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An autopsy report revealed that the 57-year-old Lufkin woman who died after being found at the bottom of a private pool in August had a blood-alcohol level of .33 when she died, which is four times the legal limit.

The Harris County Medical Examiner's Office ruled that Patti Gayle Fougerousse's death was an accident, according to Lt. David Young, a spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department. The autopsy was performed on Sept. 15.

According to the Lufkin police report, Fougerousse died just after 4 a.m. on Aug. 11 after being taken by helicopter to a Houston hospital.

According to a previous East Texas News story, police were called to the 100 block of Saint Andrews Circle at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 10. According to Sgt. Mike Shurley, Fougerousse was visiting friends.

The homeowner had gone inside to take a nap, and his wife took a shower. The wife came back to the pool and told police she saw Fougerousse at the bottom of the pool on the deep end, which was between 12 and 15 feet deep.

Shurley said the wife woke her husband up, and he jumped in the pool, got Fougerousse out, and performed CPR on her until medics arrived.

They took Fougerousse to a Lufkin hospital before she was taken to the Houston hospital.

Fougerousse was the wife of Charles Fougerousse, a well-known retired obstetrician.

According to the full police report, an officer spoke to the woman who lived at the house, who said Fougerousse came over after they had made plans to get together. She said she, her husband, and Fougerousse had been drinking and that Fougerousse had a few glasses of wine and a margarita before the incident.

The woman said she went inside the house to take a shower and to prepare a dinner. She said she went outside to check on Fougerousse because she did not see her in the shallow end. That is when she saw her in the deepest part of the pool.

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