The woman had her arm inside the donation bin when the step ladder broke, investigators believe.
A Pennsylvania woman’s arm got stuck in a clothing donation box on Sunday morning which left her unable to call for help, leading to her death.
56 year old Judith Permar was discovered at 8:30am after she went to the town of Natalie at around 2:30am to drop off clothes at a donation box. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
She suffered a broken arm and wrist, and according to the coroner’s report, she died from blunt force trauma and hypothermia. The engine of her car, a black Hummer, was still running when she was discovered, with bags of clothes scattered around the donation box.
How Permar’s accident occurred:
According to reports, Judith Permar was reaching into the box when the step ladder she was standing on buckled. Permar’s son stated that she regularly donated clothes to donation boxes, as she constantly wanted to help the less fortunate.
However, investigators think Permar was taking items from the box, not putting them in, and it wasn’t the first time either. Mount Carmel Police Chief Brian Hollenbush said “She was fishing bags out when the ladder she was standing on gave way, and she couldn’t get her hand loose”
A deadly habit
Last November, police were told that a woman in a black Hummer was taking items from the donations box. Hollenbush said he knew Permar, and said that she was a very nice woman. He expressed his surprise at finding out that she removed items from the donation box and stated that it wasn’t something he expected seeing.
Permar ‘s funeral services are scheduled for Friday.
When asked to comment about the allegations that she took items from the donation box, Permar’s family declined to respond.