Thursday, 11 April 2013

Escalator strangling death: Man’s ‘clothing got caught in the mechanism’

Escalator strangling death: Man’s ‘clothing got caught in the mechanism’, An escalator strangling death is the subject of an investigation in Seattle, Wash., after a 42-year-old man was fatally strangled on an escalator. According to Washington state officials, it is unclear how the man’s “clothing got caught in the mechanism,” reported The Seattle Times on April 11, 2013.

What Washington state officials do know so far is that the man was riding on the downtown Seattle escalator on Sunday when he fell and his clothes were caught in the escalator.

The man who was strangled to death by the escalator, 42-year-old Maurecio Bell, was found unconscious at the bottom of the escalator which is located at the 3rd Avenue and Seneca Street Metro Transit tunnel underneath Benaroya Hall.

A witness who saw the unconscious man called 911 but by the time the Seattle Fire Department could arrive, any attempts to perform CPR were unsuccessful and Maurecio Bell was pronounced dead.

A video surveillance camera from the scene shows the man going down on the escalator, staggering, losing his balance, falling, and getting his clothes stuck in the escalator’s mechanism.

According to a police report, officers found an open bottle of E&J Brandy in the man’s back pocket.

“The King County Medical Examiner's Office found that Bell died of asphyxia due to ligature strangulation. The manner of death was ruled as accidental.”

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