Texas officials reported that a man suffocated to death Wednesday after he apparently became trapped when attempting to get inside of a donation contraption meant for clothes, shoes, and other contributions.
KSAT reports that a male in San Antonio “became stuck and suffocated” as he apparently tried to “break into a donation bin on the city’s North Side.” According to the news station, police responded to a report at about 5:20 a.m. regarding a body discovered “in a shopping center near Highway 281 and Loop 1604.”
#Breaking @SATXPolice found a body stuck in a donation station. Police tell me it appears the man tried to get inside and was trapped in the opening slot, he appeared to have suffocated and died. pic.twitter.com/EMlHy1oiJw
— KSAT Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) December 12, 2018
Authorities said a woman who was on a stroll with her dog made the discovery and subsequently contacted officials. According to police, the unidentified male subject was trying to make his way into the bin when he apparently got trapped.
“The weight of his body pulled down the level and he suffocated,” officials said, according to KSAT.
The man’s death will be deemed as accidental, police said, adding that the investigation is still underway.
The story comes on the heels of another donation bin-related death. Fox 10 reported that a homeless California woman died November 27, while also attempting to get into a donation box.
Kaily Land, 30, reportedly tried diving into a bin, located in Petaluma, before it closed, trapping her. Police said they recovered the woman’s body after they received reports from witnesses of “legs and feet dangling from the open box.”
— Debora Villalon (@DeboraKTVU) November 29, 2018
“As you try and pull yourself out of it, the mechanism tightens and closes further,” Lt. Tim Lyons told Fox 10. “She obviously dropped the flashlight and the door came up, and caught her in the neck area, and we think she asphyxiated from being trapped inside.”
Friends reportedly said Land was known to jump into the bins in search of clothes and shoes that she was said to then give out to others.
The news station said these types of “deaths are not unheard of,” citing a 2016 death of an Alameda woman who died in an eerily similar fashion.
Lyons said efforts would be made in order to keep such incidents from occurring in the future.
“Maybe they [the company who owns the bins] can re-design their box or put up warning signs or something,” he said.
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