Medical Examiner: Man Found In Dallas Storm Debris Was Electrocuted

DALLAS (AP) – Authorities say a man found dead atop storm-related debris in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas was electrocuted by downed power lines brought down by fast-moving North Texas thunderstorms.

Robert Ragan, who was wearing only shorts, was found at the Sycamore Tree Apartments in the 5000 block of Lahoma Drive, near Lemmon Avenue and the Dallas North Tollway.

A huge sycamore tree at the apartment complex brought down three power lines with it when it fell. Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said the 35-year-old man was found near the downed lines.  Wednesday afternoon the medical examiner determined Ragan’s death was an “accidental electrocution”.

Evans said Ragan’s body was discovered by a man who was assessing storm damage for the apartment complex. He says the body was burned and lying on top of downed tree limbs.

Dallas Fire-Rescue had closed the area off in the late evening after responding to the downed lines, but no one saw Ragan’s body. “Our presence was here overnight, to establish a perimeter first and foremost, and make sure that no one crossed that perimeter,” said Evans.

Severe thunderstorms, funnel clouds and hail the size of tennis balls bombarded the Dallas and Fort Worth areas Tuesday night.

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One Comment

  1. Syc Res says:

    Hey CC. Not cool. This was a friend and loss of life is not a joke.

  2. Sycamore Neighbor says:

    I live there too and saw him this morning as I was walking my pup. RIP neighbor.

  3. just me says:

    Wow, sorry to hear about this. Sad to think of him laying there all night long, and no one noticed him till the morning.

  4. Sycamore Resident says:

    Freak me out since I live a couple of feet from where the body was found. Everyone in the neighborhood came out to check to see if everyone was ok. No one want to go futher in the lawn since we all saw power lines everywhere. I just feel really back

  5. gwen says:

    that is sad i will pray for his amily

  6. Randy C. says:

    Actually, those roof repairs were started last week. Just saying.

  7. Ronnie says:

    His name was Robert Ragan,he was only 35,he had a son,he was in the military when he was younger and now will be buried in Quinlan on Saturday morning at 11am.
    We mourn his loss.He will be missed.

  8. Alex Damien says:

    Robert was a good friend of mine. We may not have shared the same blood but i concidered him my litttle brother. All your friends in Saint Louis, MO will miss you. Will will meet again one day. Alex Damien

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