Escalator Strangling: Seattle Man Killed When Shirt Gets Caught

Friday, 12 Apr 2013 12:14 PM

By Alexandra Ward

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A Seattle man was apparently strangled to death by his own ripped-up clothing after he fell on a metro escalator last weekend, according to the King County Medical Examiner's Office.

Maurecio Bell, 42, of Renton, Wash., was reportedly found unconscious around 5:30 a.m. Sunday at the bottom of a King County Metro escalator, the Seattle Police Department said. It appeared that Bell had fallen and his clothing had become entangled in the moving escalator's mechanism, choking him to death. There was reportedly an opened bottle of brandy in his back pocket.

Special: Should the Supreme Court Legalize Gay Marriage? Vote in Urgent Poll.

Police said surveillance footage shows Bell staggering and leaning against the escalator at 5:19 a.m. He lost his balance and fell onto his back when he was about three-quarters of the way down the escalator, but did not attempt to get up. When he reached the base, the mechanism ate up the back of his shirt, strangling him.

"It's an unfortunate and tragic accident, and we've never seen anything like it before," King County Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer told the Seattle Times.

The escalator, which the county contracts with Kone Elevators to maintain, reportedly has several safety code violations, according to the state's Department of Labor and Industries. A Dec. 5 inspection report shows that seven corrections and maintenance practices needed to be fixed by March 27, including fixing a stop-switch cover buzzer and replacing broken comb teeth. None of those fixes had been made at the time of Bell's death, the department said.

The escalator will reportedly remain closed until further notice.

Bell's death happened the day before Labor and Industries released the findings of an investigation into a Bellevue Square escalator that had 32 safety code violations.

Related stories:

Teen Hit By Softball Dies on 16th Birthday; Joked About It Before Collapsing

NJ Toddler Shoots Friend, 6, With Rifle While Playing Outside

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
[Error loading the WebPart '']
Value cannot be null. Parameter name: virtualPath
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Baby Jesus Stolen From Church Nativity, Replaced by Severed Pig Head

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 18:40 PM

Sometime between Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, someone stole baby Jesus from a Massachusetts church's nativity sc . . .

Transit Officers Help Deliver Baby on Philly Subway on Christmas Day

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 18:03 PM

Two Philadelphia transit police officers helped to deliver a baby on Christmas day after the mother's water broke on a s . . .

Mall of Georgia Flash Mob Wedding Takes Bride by Surprise (Video)

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 17:39 PM

A bride planning to take photos was surprised at the Mall of Georgia with a flash mob and a wedding, all arranged by her . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved