2011-10-27 / Front Page

Kent Woman Killed by Falling Utility Pole

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By ERIC GROSS

A 48-year-old Kent woman became Putnam’s first fatality of the freak late October snow storm when a utility pole fell on top of her while she was walking the family dog.

Kent Police Lt. Alex DiVernieri reported the grim incident Monday afternoon after a NYSEG crew made the grisly discovery along Ponderosa Road in western Kent when responding to a report of a downed pole in the Seven Hills Lake section of town.

DiVernieri told the Courier an investigation disclosed the woman had taken her dog for a walk down the driveway: “About 150 feet from the residence, a large tree toppled due to the weight of the heavy snow. The tree struck electric wires resulting in a utility pole located directly across the street from her driveway snap and come crashing down on top of the victim.”

The woman was home alone since DiVernieri said her husband was working in New York City at the time: “The husband told detectives that he couldn’t get home because of the weather and had last talked with his wife at 6 p.m. Saturday.

DiVernieri said when patrols arrived on the scene after receiving a call from the NYSEG crew, “the dog was found wearing its leash sitting at the front door of the home. What a horrible tragedy!”

An autopsy was performed Monday evening at Putnam Hospital Center to determine a preliminary cause of death.

 

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