Christine Rousselle

The New York Daily News reported yesterday that 50-year-old Daniel Ricketts was killed on Saturday after drunkenly driving his ATV into a piano wire trap that he had set up to protect his marijuana plants.

An upstate New York marijuana grower accidentally killed himself with the booby trap he'd set up to protect his plants, police said.

Daniel Ricketts was almost decapitated Saturday after he drunkenly drove his quad bike into barely visible thin piano wire strung up around his plantation in Berne, Albany County.

The 50-year-old was thrown from his Honda Foreman, his head almost entirely severed from his body.

Hikers spotted his lifeless corpse and called cops. Police also found barbed wire and a leg trap used to catch coyotes surrounding the four large plants.

While the death of any human being is certainly a tragic occasion, there are several lessons to be learned from this: one, don’t drink and drive. Two, be aware of where your booby traps are. Three, don’t grow marijuana.


Christine Rousselle

Christine Rousselle is a web editor with Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter at @crousselle.

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