Son of Man Died in Fall From Drawbridge, Wants a ‘Full Investigation’


A 77 year-old man died after falling from a Milwaukee drawbridge that opened as he was walking across.

Richard Dujardin was a Providence Journal long-time religion reporter. He may have been hard of hearing and distracted by his iPad when the tragedy happened. He did not hear the warning bells or lights. 

According to police, he was able to hold onto the guardrail for over a minute before losing grip and falling into Milwaukee River.

As they headed to the Catholic church for mass, his wife was only a few steps ahead. 

“I just know for a fact that my dad would not have done anything to risk his life,” Dujardin’s son Peter said. “We just want to get a full investigation by the police into what happened and how this happened.”

This is just the latest in a string of misfortunes involving drawbridges.

A 79-year old woman died in Florida after she fell from a drawbridge earlier this year. The $8 million was awarded to her family. Police claim that the operator of the drawbridge wasn’t paying enough attention.