News Feature | September 5, 2018

Teen Dies After Drainage Pipe Sucks Him In

Sara Jerome

By Sara Jerome,

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Editor's note: This page was updated to reflect the sad passing of Davey Albright (per WLKY)

A 15-year-old boy in Kentucky was swept into a drainage pipe by floodwaters while he was playing in his backyard on the night of August 31.

Neighbors said Davey Albright slipped, fell, and was swept away, according to WDRB. He was unconscious and not breathing when he was found, Fox News reported.

“[Officials] say that the water carried him around 100 yards to the back of a home on Tamarisk Parkway,” the report stated.

Albright’s friends set up a GoFundMe to pay for expenses here. Meanwhile, per the Courier Journal, Albright's family has donated his kidney to an employee from the high school he attended.

Community Shaken

Neighbor Michelle Stack spoke with WDRB.

"It's just unbelievable," she said. "You can't believe something like that is happening. It just happened in the blink of an eye."

The drain pipe did not have a grate blocking the opening. “Neighbors said the storm ditches can fill up within minutes during heavy rain,” WYMD reported.

Locals called for safety issues to be addressed.

"It's something that needs to be looked at," Stack said. "Obviously it's an issue, so we need to figure out what ways we can keep something like this from ever happening again."

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