77-year-old man falls to death after Milwaukee bridge he was walking on opens


This is the Milwaukee Kilbourn Avenue Bridge along West Kilbourn Avenue where a Rhode Island man died Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, as the bridge was going up.

MILWAUKEE — A 77-year-old Rhode Island man was vacationing in Milwaukee with his wife when he died in a gruesome fall as a downtown bridge opened, authorities said.

Just after noon Monday, Richard Charles Dujardin, a former religion reporter who lived in Providence, Rhode Island, was crossing the Kilbourn Avenue Bridge over the Milwaukee River with his wife, Rose-Marie, according to a report from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Richard was looking at an iPad while walking, the report said.

Rose-Marie made it all the way across the bridge to its east side, and Richard was still in the middle of the bridge when it began to rise, according to the medical examiner. 

“The lights, bells, and arms came down at each end of the bridge, however Richard was hard of hearing and it is thought that he didn’t notice them,” the report said.


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