Police arrested a bridgetender on Thursday after determining that she was responsible for the death of a person at the bridge site in February.
CNN.com reports that 43-year-old Artissua Lafaye Paulk was on duty on February 6 when 79-year-old Carol Wright was crossing. After Paulk raised the bridge Wright fell to her death as she did not have time to cross before the bridge reached its peak.
Apparently, Paulk told police that she had followed safety protocols before raising the drawbridge, including visually scanning the area for people crossing.
The bridge tender who was operating a Florida drawbridge last month when it opened, sending a 79-year-old woman to her death at least five stories below, has been arrested. https://t.co/ma4VxPh9rt
— NBC News (@NBCNews)
March 19, 2022
After reviewing the evidence police determined that Paulk had not in fact “walked out onto the balcony and visually checked the bridge for vehicles or pedestrians prior to opening the bridge.”
Police have charged Paulk with one count of manslaughter by culpable negligence.
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