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Originally published March 1, 2010 at 12:54 PM | Page modified March 4, 2010 at 11:05 AM

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Autopsy results released Wed., Mar. 3., show Messenger was electrocuted by touching the power line and not through a stream of urine.

Wash. man electrocuted by urinating on power line

Authorities believe a Washington man was killed by accidentally urinating on a downed power line after a car crash.

The Associated Press

MONTESANO, Wash. —

Authorities believe a Washington man was killed by accidentally urinating on a downed power line after a car crash.

Grays Harbor County sheriff's Deputy Dave Pimentel (PIM'-en-tel) said Monday 50-year-old Roy Messenger was not seriously hurt after he collided with a power pole Friday and called a relative to pull his car from a ditch.

However, family members found Messenger electrocuted when they arrived.

Pimentel says Messenger apparently urinated into a roadside ditch but didn't see the live wire. The urine stream likely served as a conductor, allowing the electricity to reach his body.

Pimentel says there will be an autopsy but burn marks indicated the way the electricity traveled through Messenger's body.

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Information from: KXRO-AM, http://www.kxro.com

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