Woman Dies In Fall Into Recycling Bin
August 9, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
TOLEDO, Ohio, Aug. 9 (UPI) — An East Toledo, Ohio, woman died after falling head-first into her city-issued recycling bin, the city coroner said.
Sheila Decoster, 62, died of positional asphyxia after recycling trash outside of her home, the Toledo Blade reported.
Decoster was found Friday evening by her husband Richard Decoster, who was returning home with groceries and did not immediately notice his wife.
“I just happened to look to the left and, honestly, thought it was a dummy,” Decoster said. “I shook her leg and called her name, and I knew she was gone.”
Richard Decoster said his wife had back problems as well as dizzy spells and an aneurism on her brain, which may have contributed to the fall.
Other family members said they were worried the recycling bin was the problem, as it seems Sheila Decoster tried to kick her way out of the 64-gallon bin, but was unsuccessful at tipping it over.
“Could I blame the city because the cans aren’t tippable?” Richard Decoster said. “I don’t know. City liability hasn’t crossed my mind.
“She was always fun-loving, always had kind words for everyone,” he said.