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Elma man electrocuted by urinating on power line

Mon., March 1, 2010, 12:59 p.m.

MONTESANO, Wash. — An Elma man was killed by accidentally urinating on a downed power line after a one-car crash near Montesano.

Grays Harbor County sheriff’s Deputy Dave Pimentel said Monday that 50-year-old Roy Messenger was not seriously hurt after he collided with a power pole Friday night and called a relative to pull his car out of the ditch.

When family members arrived they found Messenger electrocuted. Pimentel says Messenger apparently urinated into a roadside ditch but didn’t see the live wire.

Pimentel says there will be an autopsy, but burn marks indicated the way the electricity traveled through the body.


 

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