A Massachusetts man has died after an "accident" with a knife he was wearing attached to a lanyard around his neck.
Police initially feared Patrick Kenney Jr. had been attacked Saturday night when he was found collapsed in the parking lot of Kowloon restaurant in Saugus, about 11 miles north of Boston, WCVB said.
But they later ruled that the 42-year-old dad of young twins had somehow stabbed himself with a knife around his neck in what his family also called a “horrible tragedy.”
“This incident appears to be accidental, and no additional parties are believed to be involved,” District Attorney Paul Tucker and Saugus Police Chief Michael Ricciardelli said in a joint statement.
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This news hits hard for my wife and myself, because we both carry neck knives from time to time. There are situations where clothing requirements make it difficult to carry a knife anywhere else, but where security issues make it advisable to have ready access to a knife because one can't carry any other defensive tool in a particular venue or environment. There are lots of different examples available, and variations on the theme such as push daggers. We own several examples between us.
It's hard to envisage a situation where one could be stabbed with one's own neck knife. Was the victim fiddling with it, and fell with the blade in a dangerous position? Was he wearing a blade without a sheath (something I'd never do in that location)? Did something or someone knock into him with sufficient force to make the blade penetrate his skin and puncture a blood vessel? I guess we'll never know all the details. Suffice it to say, his death is a grim warning to all of us to keep our guard up and never let it down for a moment. Safety, and our lives, are in our hands, and we'd better be paying attention to them - or else!
May Mr. Kenney rest in peace, and may his wife, children and extended family find what comfort they may.