Monday, March 12, 2012

Melissa Mazzeo, 51, of Staten Island’s Sunnyside Terrace Dies in Clothing Donation Box

Not sure if she was stealing clothes or forgot to take off the clothes she was donating....
PHOTO: Melissa Mazzeo inside the clothing donation box

A New York woman who climbed into a clothing donation box suffocated and died inside after the box’s metal door closed on her head and trapped her yesterday, reports the New York Post.

Melissa Mazzeo, 51, of Staten Island’s Sunnyside Terrace, climbed into the freestanding metal box in an alleyway Saturday afternoon – in an alleged attempt to take clothing and shoes from the container – but became trapped and suffocated police believe when the door dropped on her neck.

NBC New York writes that customers at a nearby bagel store heard Mazzeo’s cries for help and alerted the store, but when Peter Schenck, a maintenance worker for the shop, came outside to check, it was already too late.


“Two hands and a head, that’s it, just out the door,” Schenck told the Staten Island Advance. “Not a sight to see.”

Mazzeo could not be removed for several hours, and rescuers had to wait for someone to arrive with the key. She was pronounced dead at the scene. (WHAT? What ever happen to the jaws of life tool????)

The medical examiner ruled the death an accident from asphyxia due to neck compression, an agency spokeswoman said.

While Mazzeo was described as “eccentric” "radiator hose lover" and “a thief” in more recent years, neighbors of the woman say she was once very normal. “She used to jog and be healthy years ago,” Fred Pincas, a neighbor of Melissa Mazzeo told the NY Daily. “It’s so sad, the clothing drop box, it’s sad.”

15 comments:

I Voted For Obama said...

Melissa Mazzeo voted for Obama, then asked him if he wanted to go shopping with her.

Mr. SouthSide said...

I remember when this happened in "the 'Ville". "Dumpster-Diving" Donohoe got stuck in the Goodwill Box outside of Beatrice's. She didn't complain much because we kept giving her cans of PBR.

Anonymous said...

Dagoes are cheap and shameless,

Anonymous said...

Radiator hose lover?

What the fuck is that?

Anonymous said...

She's lucky that box wasn't in the ghetto, she'd have been dead 2 hours and the trains would just keep a cummin'!

Anonymous said...

Her family will file a lawsuit for millions!

Chuck Darwin said...

Ooops.

Anonymous said...

Dagos are thieves!

Anonymous said...

.....Radiator hose lover?

What the fuck is that?.....

Move along kiddies, you don't belong on this blog.

Aunt Bea, Start sucking!

Anonymous said...

I heard Shaved has another host while
He is recuperating from a weekend of downloaded Carpenters videos.....

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace Melissa, you were a good person who loved your son and tried hard to defeat your issues..wish you had won the fight..

Shannon said...

Some of the things people do is because of desperation .... maybe she needed the clothes or maybe she wanted to sell them for money .... no body really knows ... except her and her maker. People do deserve to be forgiven for the lack of better judgment ... not everyone has the same mentally !

Shannon said...

Some of the things people do is because of desperation .... maybe she needed the clothes or maybe she wanted to sell them for money .... no body really knows ... except her and her maker. People do deserve to be forgiven for the lack of better judgment ... not everyone has the same mentally !

Shannon said...

Some of the things people do is because of desperation .... maybe she needed the clothes or maybe she wanted to sell them for money .... no body really knows ... except her and her maker. People do deserve to be forgiven for the lack of better judgment ... not everyone has the same mentally !