Woman dies after being pinned in clothing donation box

11 January, 2019, 03:42 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • A man tries to retrieve items from a clothing donation bin in Vancouver

Police were called around 1:30 a.m.to the Bloor St. W. and Dovercourt Rd. area for reports of a woman screaming for help.

Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu says officers were called to a downtown location early Tuesday morning after receiving calls that the 35-year-old woman was stuck inside the bin.

A man tries to retrieve items from a clothing donation bin in Vancouver, on Wednesday December 12, 2018.

There was another clothing bin related fatality on Tuesday in Toronto, a little over a week after a Vancouver man died after getting stuck in a West Vancouver bin.

It's the second death involving a donation bin in the span of a month and at least the eighth such incident since 2015.

Police have since said that the woman's death is not being considered as "suspicious" and the incident has been ruled as death my misadventure.

"Shut them all down", she said.

The City of Vancouver said it was also committed to removing all remaining clothing donation bins.

Agro said the bins most commonly involved in deaths are mailbox-style designs with an internal flap preventing people from reaching inside.


Following the man's death, West Vancouver closed all of its bins.

In the wake of the recent bin deaths, however, the company has suspended manufacturing until it can conceive of a safer design.

Jeremy Hunka of the Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver said homeless people often turn to the bins for clothing or shelter without being aware of how risky they can be.

Toronto Police Const. Genifferjit Sidhu said that deaths such as these can be horrific.

Patricia O'Connell, executive director at Sistering, a woman's shelter located near where Crystal was trapped, told CBC that everyone who knew her was shattered by the news.

Authorities had to cut part of the bin in order to get the woman out, Global News reported. Once again, the man was found lodged in the charity donation bin and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ray Taheri, an engineering professor at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus, has been spearheading a design competition to make a safer clothing-donation bin.

If it's not feasible for an organization to remove their bins within the time frame, Townsend says they're asked to put locks on the containers.

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