Woman drowned in bath ‘after hitting her neck on the side in freak accident’

A woman drowned in the bath after she her hit her neck on the side and fell unconscious under the water, according to reports.

The 24-year-old, named locally as Flavia Ioana, was discovered by her boyfriend in the apartment they shared with his family in the city of Deva, in Transylvania , Romania.

Preliminary investigations reported by the victim's brother suggest she was paralysed after hitting her neck on the edge of the bath, which caused her to slip into the water where she passed out.

Flavia was believed to be alone in the flat when tragedy struck on Wednesday (May 15).

Her boyfriend, who has not been identified, discovered her unresponsive in the bath on his return to their flat.

He immediately called the emergency services, who raced to the scene, but they could not revive the young woman.

She is believed to have been found with no signs of violence on her body and is said to have fallen unconscious in the bath.

Police spokesperson Bogdan Nitu told local media: "A criminal case has been opened and the circumstances behind the death will be established."

The results of an autopsy are expected to reveal more about her physical state before her death.

Her brother reportedly said on social media: "I know you are all waiting for the results of my sister's autopsy.

"The conclusion of a preliminary investigation says that she drowned after sliding under the water surface.

"Her neck hit the edge of the bath and paralysis was caused by the damage to the nerve fibres in her spinal cord.

"She effectively drowned by herself without being aware or feeling any pain. God rest her soul."

Investigations are ongoing.

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