Massachusetts boy dies after escalator fall

March 14th, 2011 by | Permalink

Screenshot via CBS Boston

A young boy from Dudley, Massachusetts, died after a fall from an escalator in a department store at a nearby mall.

4-year-old Mark DiBona was rushed to the UMass Memorial Medical Center, but was pronounced dead before 10 p.m., reports the Worcester Telegram.

The boy had reportedly been at the Sears store at the Auburn Mall with family and friends when he toppled from the second floor escalator. Authorities say Mark was pulled “through a 6-inch gap between the escalator and a plastic barrier” and fell on top of a store display case below. The district attorney told reporters that while the case is still being investigated, “there are no signs of foul play.”

Mark’s father, Eric DiBona, announced the news of his son’s death on his Facebook page:

“To all my friends that have not heard the news the good lord has come and taken our blessed angel mark away. we thank all for there comments and prayers. they say the lord work’s in mysterios [sic] ways. I and will say that this is his biggest mystery of all. uncle dave and grandpa bob please! keep him safe till I get there. I MISS YOU SO MUCH BUDDY!!”

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission over 10,000 people suffer injuries on escalators each year.

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  • Cae

    Where the hell was this kids mother? SHE’s to blame

  • http://na justice4all

    I guess “god” thought killing (ummm, taking) a 4yo by way of falling to his death instead of when he was sleeping in his bed room was too much to ask…?

    maybe “god” was busy granting some “miricle” to some nut job who was praying to cure him of a hangover or causein some miricle statue to bleed- ya- that’s waaay more important then a 4 yo life- yep, I guess that 4 yo didn’t need a “miricle”…?

    people who believe in god make me want to throw up.

  • CHET

    COE, YOU REALLY ARE AN ASS. PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF CONTRIBUTE TO THE SUICIDE RATE. YOU OBVIOUSLY AREN’T A MOTHER. FREAK ACCIDENTS HAPPEN EVERY DAY AND ARE A PARENTS BIGGEST NIGHTMARE, BUT FATE HAS A WAY OF TAKING CARE OF THOSE WITH AN ATTITUDE LIKE YOURS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND WHAT YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OVER IN THAT SPLIT SECOND…………..YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF. THIS FAMILY IS SUFFERING AND DOESNT NEED SOMEONE AS HEARTLESS AND JUDGEMENTAL FROM SOMEONE LIKE YOURSELF WHO HAS NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN TO CREEP ON THESE TYPE OF WEBSITES BECAUSE YOUR OBVIOUSLY A MISERABLE PERSON….GOODNIGHT SLEEP WELL

  • Meg

    justice4all: God does not work that way. It’s called “free will” … as in you make the choice whether you go to hell or heaven. Obviously you’ve made your choice.

  • Meg

    I do not see how the parent can be judged for this. If you look at the picture, the top of the escalator has such a wide gap–it only takes a second for the boy to grab on to the rail and be pulled through the gap–even if the mother was holding his hand it still could have happened. People who judge people will be judged in the same way … I would not want to be subject to this kind of judgement!!!

 
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