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Old 05-04-2004, 10:46 PM
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Why the heck would you sit on a rail on the 12th story? Sad....but stupid thing to do.
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I agree, was she pushed? The article said that she had just won a case against a career criminal. Very interesting. Keep us posted.

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Old 05-04-2004, 10:59 PM
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I think the husband had something to do with this one today:

"Honey...stick your feet out and push!"

Colorado Woman Crushed to Death Between Two Boats in West Palm

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Posted May 4 2004, 8:46 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH -- A Colorado woman was crushed to death between her new million-dollar yacht and a nearby sailboat, officials said.

Lillian Montague, 54, of Arvada, Colo., and her husband, Ronald, were raising their anchor Sunday when their boat became tangled in an unoccupied sailboat's mooring line, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Montague was apparently attempting to prevent the two vessels from crashing, said Jorge Pino, spokesman for the wildlife commission.

"The front part of the bow of the sailboat pinned her up against her boat,'' Pino said.

She was pronounced dead at St. Mary's Medical Center.

The couple had just bought Boundless Grace, a 47-foot yacht, and planned to take a group voyage from Fort Lauderdale to the Mediterranean to kick off their retirement.

Montague was an office manager for a school district in Colorado for about 30 years.


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Damn sailboats...
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That's just what I was thinking...
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I am sorry, that woman was pushed and the witness was paid. As far as the human fender, give me a break, trying to stop two 20,000+ boats from hitting with your body. It is a shame but both these "accidents" could have been prevented in their own way.
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Old 05-05-2004, 12:42 AM
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Why are you guy's so quick to say she was pushed???

Do you not deal with the public???

There are some really STUPID people in this world!!! And some of them even have degree's!!!
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Old 05-05-2004, 12:51 AM
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Sad story...and some pretty sad responses. I'm sure their are risks that guys with very fast boats take that others would consider senseless. You know what they say about pointing your finger...
 
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Why are you guy's so quick to say she was pushed???

Do you not deal with the public???

There are some really STUPID people in this world!!! And some of them even have degree's!!!


Here's the whole story:

She was a former gymnast and regularly sat on and did the "tightrope" thing on her balcony ledge per neighbors, co-workers and friends. She was celebrating a recent promotion and may have been drinking. Tests are pending. She and her boyfriend were the only people present in her apartment at the time. Police interviewed and cleared the boyfriend of any wrongdoing.

She wasn't pushed, she fell due to a combination of poor judgment, over-confidence and possibly alcohol.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

An hour later, a neighbor saw Letner fall.

''I saw her jump up on the rail, and she had too much momentum when she was going to sit and lost her balance,'' Rodrigo Rivera said.

Letner's boyfriend, Terrence O'Sullivan, an assistant public defender, was in the bathroom at the time, Payton said.

''She was a gymnast most of her life. That was partly the reason for her sitting on the balcony,'' Payton said. ``She was never afraid of heights.''



That's all folks,

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Old 05-05-2004, 08:09 AM
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Sounds to me like a mometary lapse in judgement.

Considering her background, she probably thought nothing about it, which was her "undoing".
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