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Report: Stamford woman died of blunt impact to head

May 14, 2019

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has determined a Stamford woman who died six months ago, had sustained a blunt impact injury to the head, News 12 reports.

The medical examiner says an autopsy has determined Olga Iris Lopez’s cause of death is blunt impact injury of the head with a brain bleed. But the medical examiner couldn’t determine how she died.

The cause of death was revealed Monday when her husband, Hector Collazo Lopez, was in court Monday. He is was charged with charged with negligent cruelty to persons.

Hector Lopez, 42, and his mother, Mercedes Collazo Martinez, 60, who was arrested on the same charge, have been accused of not calling for medical help in time to prevent Iris Lopez’s death last November.

Iris Lopez, who was 36, had 30 to 40 bruises on her body and was diagnosed with a “massive” brain bleed caused by a traumatic injury to the side of her head when she was brought to Stamford Hospital on Nov. 27, 2019. She died about 12 hours later in the Intensive Care Unit.

According to court documents, Hector Lopez had a record of domestic violence convictions from 2000 to 2016 for charges including assault, breach of peace, criminal mischief, violation of judges’ protective orders, violation of probation, stalking, threatening, creating a public disturbance and interfering with police.

He served multiple prison terms, one for as long as a year, and in some cases, received suspended sentences, according to his court record.

He is due back in court next month.