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Investigation Indicates 9-Year-Old Died of Accidental Electrocution


November 1, 2013


The investigation by Youth Services detectives into Thursday night’s death of nine-year-old Christopher Ellison in the 500 block of Charles E. Davis Boulevard indicates that he died of accidental electrocution from a downed power line.

Christopher was out with a young friend trick-or-treating and was either riding or walking a bicycle when he came into contact with a live power line that had been knocked down by a large tree limb during high winds.  The power line crossed a sidewalk in the boys’ path.  The Emergency Communications Center received the call for assistance at 9:30 p.m.  First responders from the fire department had to secure the live wire away from Christopher so that they could render aid.  He was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after 10 p.m.