Suspected Wire Thief Dies From Electrical Burns

The man had broken into a Southern California Edison substation on Saturday and tried to cut live wire, officials said

By Jason Kandel
|  Monday, May 7, 2012  |  Updated 12:58 PM PDT
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A 26-year-old San Bernardino man who suffered electrical burns while trying to remove copper wiring from a Southern California Edison relay station in San Bernardino has died, coroner’s officials said Monday.

Michael Morga Garcia died Sunday after 8:30 p.m. at a hospital.

He was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Saturday, after being shocked with more than 33,000 volts, police said.

Police got a call after 2 a.m. that a transformer had blown at the Edison substation at Rialto Avenue and Stoddard Avenue, shutting down power initially to 14,000 homes and businesses in the city.

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