Nov. 21, 2003
DETROIT MAN DIES AFTER GETTING CAUGHT IN SINK TRAP
Ronald Dupree 32 from Detroit, arrived home from work around 5pm,
Friday, and immediately started to clean out the sink trap in his
bathroom, which, according to his wife, was clogged. Little did he
know this would be the last day of his life.
His wife phoned the police at 7:21pm, stating "my husband is stuck in
the bathroom sink pipe, and appears to be drowning on the bathroom
floor". An ambulance arrived at 7:34 and immediately began working on
Dupree. It was too late, however, since Dupree was already dead when
they arrived, and it appears he died around 6:30pm.
According to authorities, Dupree got his arm stuck in the trap, and
unsuccessfully struggled to free himself. Three fingers were severed
from the struggle. The coroners report states that the actual cause
of death was from drowning in the trap, after the trap grabbed his arm
and pulled him into the water.
Officer Collins stated that this is the first time he ever heard of
this happening, and expressed sympathy for the family. "There was
nothing we could do. When we arrived, he was already dead" stated
Collins. "I'm no plumber, but now I know why they call that thing a
trap" stated paramedic Thomas Kindt. He went on to say "that thing
literally trapped him, sucked him in, and drowned him in his own
A licensed plumber will be called in to work with the Detroit police
to further investigate this matter.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be posted as soon as they
Terry Erickson, reporter.