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Woman who was driving luxury car freezes to death while trying to take clothes out from donation bin

By Mason White 4:24 PM February 8, 2017
Judith Permar
By: William Martin

A woman who was trying take clothes out from a donation bin, died after getting her arm stuck and dangling in the cold for many hours, according to police in Pennsylvania.

Mount Carmel police said that a passerby found 56-year-old Judith Permar, as her hand was lodged in the clothing donation bin.

There were bags of clothes strewn around the bin and the woman’s Hummer was nearby. The engine of her vehicle was still running when she was found.

Permar has been declared dead at the scene. She died of blunt force trauma and hypothermia.

According to the police investigation, several months ago, several people filed complaints, alleging that a woman was taking clothes out from the donation bin.

Around 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, Permar dove to the donation bin in her Hummer vehicle. She was short, and used a chair to reach the opening.

She then extended her arm to pull clothes out of the bin. At some point, the chair collapsed, causing her arm and wrist to break.

She was unable to free herself, and froze to death. Around 8:30 a.m., a good Samaritan freed the woman from the donation bin, but it was too late.

“She was fishing bags out and the chair she was standing on gave way, and she couldn’t get her hand loose,” said Mount Carmel Police Chief Brian Hollenbush.