60-year-old Elena Struthers-Gardner sustained a traumatic brain injury after falling at her home while carrying a mason jar-styled drinking glass that had a screw-top lid. The 10-inch metal straw had pierced through her eye and into her brain. The death was ruled an accident and the corner noted "clearly great care" should be taken when using metal straws. The womans wife said she found her laying between a door way saying, "She was making unusual gurgling sounds. Her glass cup was lying on the floor still intact and the straw was still in the jar, I noticed the straw was sticking into her head." She was rushed to hospital, where doctors said the severity of her injury made it very unlikely Struthers-Gardner would survive. Her life support was eventually switched off. The woman was a retired jockey and due to injuries her wife said the multiple fractures to Struthers-Gardner's lumbar spine caused scoliosis and she was prone to falling over "like a sack of potatoes."
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