A woman who wanted to save the earth from plastic straws accidentally killed herself when a metal drinking straw impaled her brain through her eye when she fell onto the device.
“Elena Struthers-Gardner, 60, who was known as ‘Lena,’ suffered brain injuries in the accident at her home in Broadstone, England,” according to USA Today.
Witnesses say that “Lena” was carrying a mason jar with the metal straw poking up through the cup’s lid when she took a tumble.
The 10-inch stainless steel straw smashed through her left eye and fatally penetrated her brain.
After her death, doctors warned that metal straws should never be used in drinks with fixed lids.
A coroner’s report added that “great care should be taken” while using metal straws.
The coroner noted that the dead woman was found by her wife of four years, Mandy Struthers-Gardner, who said she did not hear the fall but found the victim lying on her front and making “unusual gurgling sounds.”
The witness added that when she turned the victim over, she saw the metal straw sticking out of her face.
“Her glass cup was lying on the floor still intact, and the straw was still in the jar. I noticed the straw was sticking into her head. I called 999 and requested an ambulance,” the woman said.
“The cause of death was a traumatic brain injury,” the paper reported. “Recording a conclusion of accidental death, assistant coroner Brendan Allen said: ‘Clearly great care should be taken when using these metal straws. There is no give in them at all.'”
“If someone does fall on one and it’s pointed in the wrong direction, serious injury can occur.
“It seems to me these metal straws should not be used with any form of lid that holds them in place.”
“It seems the main problem here is if the lid hadn’t been in place, the straw would have moved away.”
So, yeah. Envirowackoism kills.
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