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PETALUMA: Kaily Land Died In Accident After Becoming Trapped In Donation Box Near Steel Bear Market and Deli Next To Valero Gas Station

Nov 30, 2018

Kaily Land Accident: 30-Year-Old Homeless Woman Identified As Kaily Land Tragically Died In Donation Box After Becoming Stuck While Trying To Get Items

 PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA (November 29, 2018) A 30-year-old woman identified as Kaily Land has tragically died in an accident after she became stuck in a recycling donation box along the Old Road Highway.

Petaluma police are saying that the accident took place by the Steel Bear market and deli near a Valero gas station. Authorities believe that Kaily Land climbed into the top of the donation box and it snapped shut around her neck.

Customers saw the victim dangling out of the donation box and called police. Officials believe that she asphyxiated after becoming trapped in the upper portion of the box.

Her boyfriend arrived at the scene and was able to identify her. He was visibly distraught and said that she was a very kind and loving person that would often give away the things she got from donation boxes.

There is an ongoing investigation into the tragic donation box accident that killed Kaily Land.

Liability In Accidents Involving Donation Boxes

Unfortunately, deaths with donation boxes are far too common. At least one dozen people died after becoming stuck in the boxes over the last decade. These boxes have become death traps that lure homeless people who are then unable to free themselves when they get stuck. There are better, less lethal ways of soliciting donations from the public. Thankfully, the Petaluma police department has reached out to the East Bay agency that owns the boxes. Police as well as non-profits have spoken out about the dangers of these boxes. But no action has been taken until this point.

The owners of these boxes and the property owners that keep them may potentially face civil liability for those that die while using them. Companies can be held responsible for dangerous products that injure or kill people. For example, a company should provide reasonable warnings about the dangers associated with using their devices. Failure to provide such warnings can lead to serious injury or death and leave a product manufacturer or property owner vulnerable to a lawsuit. The family of a victim may have the ability to file a wrongful death claim in order to recover damages.

Getting Help After A Donation Box Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the family of  Kaily Land as they are grieving such an incredible loss. These donation boxes have become death traps that need to be promptly removed or significantly redesigned. For example, it would be trivially easy to design and construct a one way opening slot that prevented people from getting stuck in these machines. These designs are used everyday with vending machines and arcade machines. But when there are no goods or money at stake standards are lowered and deaths become tolerated and acceptable. This has to change.

If someone that you love has died after becoming stuck inside a donation box you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We take pride in the excellent results we have been able to achieve for our clients. What’s important to us is making sure that our clients are taken care of and that dangerous products are removed from the market. Whether you have questions about your rights or need help investigating an accident we are here for you. You’re welcome to reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.


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