In Onway, Arkansas, Lonnie Montgomery created a tragic example of assumption of the risk in tort. Montgomery was found dead on Skunk Hollow Road after he tried to re-establish electrical service with a pair of jumper cables. It appears to be an urban legend gone bad that all you need is a pair of jumper cables and a meter box. Sheriff’s Major Andy Shock (I kid you not) says Montgomery was attempting to adjust or remove when he was shocked to death.
The 34-year-old man’s death was only the latest in a tampering case. Other deaths have occurred after thieves try to steal the cooper wire without considering the thousands of volts running through it, click here and here and here. This includes an attempted theft case just this week where a man had to be rescued, click here.