Florida drawbridge operator arrested after woman falls to her death


Florida (US): A drawbridge operator in Florida has been arrested after an elderly woman who was walking her bike across the bridge fell to her death when the bridge was raised.

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Artissua Lafay Paulk, 43, was arrested on Thursday on a warrant by officers with the West Palm Beach Police Department with assistance from the U.S. Marshall’s Service and charged with manslaughter by negligence, police said in a news release.

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The 79-year-old victim, who was not named by police because of the state’s Marsy’s Law, was identified as Carol Wright by the attorney representing her family in comments to WPTV.

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Wright was crossing the Royal Park Bridge on Feb. 6 when it started to rise, leaving her screaming for help as she clung to a railing, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by United Press International. (UI)

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