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Man accused of copper theft dies

By Joshunda Sanders | Tuesday, March 4, 2008, 12:43 PM


A 31-year-old man who received 80,000 volts of electricity last week as he tried to steal copper wiring at a Austin Energy substation died Saturday, police said.


The man was identified by police today as Eddie Castro. He died from his injuries at Brooke Army Medical Center, an Austin police spokeswoman said.


On Wednesday afternoon, Castro caused about 7,300 Austin Energy customers to lose power as he tried to steal some copper wiring inside the Kingsbury substation near Airport Boulevard and Springdale Road, officials said.


Power went out about 3:30 p.m. for 7,300 customers and was restored about 5:30 p.m.


Castro had burns over 100 percent of his body after the incident and was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Austin-Travis County EMS spokesman Warren Hassinger said the man was in “extremely critical” condition Thursday.


Castro was not charged in connection with the incident, police spokeswoman Lisa Cortinas said.




Bold mine.

I would beg to differ with that statement.

I would say he was highly charged......

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This happened last Sunday to a good friend of mine's son. He was out riding a 4-wheeler with a couple of kids...don't know exactly what happened but it's not good.


Jason Koger was airlifted to Vanderbuilt. He's listed in critical condition, 8000 volts went through his body and exited through his hands. It blew the tops of both hands apart. Brad, Holly & I got down there around 11:30 Sat. night. Jason was in surgery. The Dr.'s said that if his kidneys shut down there would be nothing they could do. When he went into surgery they had already started to shut down. They amputated his right arm between his elbow and wrist and they took his left hand off. When they did that his urine changed colors indicating that the kidneys were functioning again. They have left the wounds open, he's in an infection controlled unit. They have to watch him closely, if the wounds begin to turn a grayish color then they will have to r emove more of his arms.


When we left down there @ 3:00 am yesterday morning he was stable. They did a cat-scan of the heart and brain and they were normal. However yesterday afternoon late Brad talked to Mike Koger (Jason's dad) and there is a problem with the kidneys but all the test had not come back so Mike didn't know the extent of damage.


Jason was coherent in the ER here and he talked to his family before going into surgery. Jason did not know that they were going to have to amputate, he thought they were going to fix it. I don't know how he reacted to the loss when he found out but I do know that he knows now.


Jason was always a happy go lucky kid, with the cutest sense of humor. He looked at life as an adventure. I'm praying that after the initial shock is gone that he will be able to accept what has happened to him and set his mind to not let this get him down. He is 29 years old and has two little girls, ages 20 months and 8 weeks.


The 2 children riding behind him on the 4-wheeler received some minor burns to their faces. It was described as pin point burns. This was caused from the sparks hitting them coming off of Jason's body. The Dr.'s in Nashville told the family that the only thing that saved Jason's life was the fact that he was on the 4-wheeler. Had he been standing on the ground it would have fried him.


It's been along time since I've been around such grief as I was in Sat. night. I felt so sorry for his wife Jenny, when she looked up and saw Brad and Holly coming though the door she tried to stand up and her legs buckled under her. Jason's mom was just walking around shaking her head. She looked at me at one point and said, I feel like this is all a bad dream and I'm going to wake up and it didn't really happen. Jason dad Mike is a big guy with a soft heart. He was trying to take care of everyone.


I was so impressed with that hospital down there. When the surgeon came out to talk to the family after surgery, I saw this young man in scrubs coming toward us and I thought to myself (this can't be the surgeon) but it was. He couldn't have been any older than Jason and Brad. He explained everything in detail about what he did, why he had to do it, what he would be watching for in the next 24 hours. He was with all of us about 30 minutes. Right before he left, he looked @ Jenny (Jason's wife) and said, "sweetheart I know that this is horrible for you and the rest of his family, but Jason has just gotten over the 1st of many hurdles that he is going to have to get over and I'm going to be there every step of the way with him". He was so personable and very humble. When he left the family it was very somber in that waiting room. Mike spoke up and said, "you know we can and will deal with these amputations, what we can't deal with is death".


Prayers are welcome from anyone who wants to give them.

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