Wanda McGowan, known as the woman who got stuck on a drawbridge after a breast cancer 5K, is facing trespassing charges. On Oct. 14, Mail Online reported that after McGowan was rescued by firefighters she learned that she could be facing charges. You see, the drawbridge that she was crossing was on "private property" and is not meant for human traffic.
"We are thankful that the individual involved in this life-threatening incident survived. The decision to trespass on private property was an unfortunate, poor choice that endangered the trespasser’s life as well as the lives of the first responders," said Matt Little, a spokesman for Fort Lauderdale police.
A Wanda McGowan trespassing charge could come as early as tomorrow. There were plenty of signs around that are meant to keep people away from the area and, for whatever reasons, McGowan ignored those warnings. As previously reported, McGowan was some 20 feet up in the air, clutching on to the tracks for her life. She was rescued by a ladder erected by the local fire department.
"The decision to cross the clearly marked railroad bridge should not be lauded. We hope the news reports about this incident will help to educate the public about the dangers of pedestrians attempting to cross railroad bridges. Public safety is the City’s top priority," Little continued.
If Wanda McGowan is charged with trespassing, she will likely just have to pay a fine if convicted. She probably has learned her lesson, however, so maybe the fine won't really bother her much.
© Effie Orfanides 2013