Had Driven Into Car Dealership Last Weekend
Gerald Georgettis, 56, was obviously a troubled man... and his
life came to an end Wednesday, on a United Airlines flight from
Washington, DC to Los Angeles.
Georgettis achieved notoriety last weekend after he drove his
Ford Escape into the Miami-Dade, FL car dealership where he had
just purchased the small SUV. He then poured gasoline on the
vehicle, and lit a match. The resulting fire caused nearly $1
million in damages to the dealership and the cars parked in its
Media outlets throughout the country picked up the story.
Earlier this week, Georgettis told a local television station he
burned the store because he was upset with the deal he'd agreed to
for the Escape.
"It was just stupid," he
told Miami's NBC-6 Monday.
Sadly, Georgettis -- who was free on $1,500 bond pending trial
on charges of arson and felony mischief -- made another ill-advised
decision afterwards, and it cost him his life. The man hanged
himself Wednesday in the lavatory of a United Airlines flight bound
for Los Angeles.
The airliner was diverted to Denver after Georgettis' body was
discovered in the lav. On Thursday, the Denver Medical Examiner's
Office ruled the death a suicide.
"Right now, everything leads us to believe the male involved did
commit suicide," said Denver police detective Virginia Lopez.
United spokesman Jeff Green told reporters the plane landed at
the Denver airport Wednesday afternoon because of an unspecified
medical emergency involving a passenger. He would not comment
Wednesday's diversion was the second time this year a flight has
been diverted to Colorado after someone committed suicide on the
plane. An American West flight diverted to Colorado Springs on
January 6 after a female passenger OD'ed on morphine. Stephanie
Marson was found unconscious in her seat.
She had been flying between Cleveland and Phoenix.