Police identify victim of tragic accident at grocery store

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 5:43pm
Staff reports

Updated 10:30 p.m.

Police have identified 83-year-old Martha Short as the woman who died after an apparent accident involving a grocery store escalator Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, the incident happened just after 3 p.m. in the Harris Teeter store at 4416 Ridgefield Way when Short inadvertently placed her shopping cart on an escalator meant for pedestrians rather than on another used for carts.

As Short tried to go from the main level down to the parking garage, her cart rolled forward causing her to fall down the escalator. She was transported to St. Thomas Hospital but later died.

14 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 8/29/12 at 7:33

When I saw the location of the Harris Teeter store I incorectly assumed she froze to death,

By: reallycomeon on 8/29/12 at 8:41

NOT FUNNY S.F. !!! I knew this sweet woman and she died S.F. !!! U stupid . F. !!!

By: sharko20 on 8/30/12 at 12:14

Mrs. Short was a lovely lady. Very tragic accident. Rasp you are pathetic.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/30/12 at 5:08

There is an automated grocery cart mechanism that allows one to ride the escalator without trying to take the grocery cart and yourself down the escalator. If I read this correctly she and the cart were both on the escalator. If this is true the store has a very good defense in the forthcoming lawsuit which will be filed no matter what. Lawsuits are the pathway to financial success.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/30/12 at 5:40

This is truly a sad story. I am sorry if my remarks were hurtful to those that loved and revered this woman and her family.

By: HamBoneHamBone on 8/30/12 at 8:24

No you are not. Your pathetic douchebaggery has revealed itself time and time again on these threads.

By: 4gold on 8/30/12 at 8:24

That grocery store is different from any other. It can be confusing and understandably confusing to an 83 yr old. There is a escalator that accomidates buggies but she got confused and went on the pedestrian one. Take a pill Rasputin. Tasteless bitter old man. Maybe you should shop at Harris Teeter. The escalator is to the right. I wont say which one.

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By: sonny1024 on 8/30/12 at 8:34

: Rasputin72 WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES AND SAY STUPID THINGS IN LIFE i DON'T BELIEVE YOU WERE BEING A SMART ASS OR ANYTHING I THINK YOU MEANT WELL JUST A BAD CHOICE OF WORDS.i say STUPID THINGS ALL THE TIME YOUR NOT ALONE.

By: sharko20 on 8/30/12 at 10:24

Assuming the story is correct, maybe Mrs. Short was distracted when she put the cart on the people escalator. The cart escalator is clearly marked and has swinging doors in front of it. It runs in between the up and down escalators.

So,so sad. Sympathy to the family.

By: standingonthetop on 8/30/12 at 1:49

No...Rasputin is a ****ing asshole! He NEVER has ANYTHING constructive to say about anything and is obviously a vile, despicable, putrid, insensitive miserable prick who has such a sad life, that he has NOTHING better to do than to shoot his mouth off on these threads! Personally...I'd like to kick his ****ing ass! And if I were you I wouldn't get on here and stick your chest out and rebutt what I just said either punk!

By: standingonthetop on 8/30/12 at 1:50

And by punk I meant Rasputin.

By: Rasputin72 on 8/30/12 at 9:54

STANDINGONTHETOP...........I am surprised and a little bit annoyed that someone with the outstanding background that you have would utter such unkind remarks right before the baptism of your first child. I know that tomorrow morning you will regret those "words" so I will forgive you as this is the first time that I can remember your loss of temper.

By: wmassey on 8/31/12 at 12:18

SAD TO SEE MARTHA GO. THE LORD HAS HER IN HAND,I WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF SON BROCK./MRS SHORTS MOM MOMBO WAS GREAT TOO. SOORY TO HERE THE TRAGIC DEATH. I DONT LIKE LAW SUIT, BUT THGIS IS FUC.. UP. THEY SHOULD SUE FOR 20 MILLION, BETTER BELEIVE IT.. ALSO SHUT THE GRO DOWN..

By: whitegravy on 9/6/12 at 3:35

the family will be offered a settlement as a pr move even though the store has a perfectly defenseable position.....just sayin