A person arriving for a predawn workout at a 24-hour Missouri gym found a young woman dead, apparently killed when a barbell fell on her.
Dolores Boschert, 23, had been the only person in St. Charles’ Club Fitness, where members have access even when no staff is present. The accident is thought to have occurred around 2:30 a.m.
“We believe she either lost her balance or a muscle gave out, and she fell forward and the weights she was using pinned her to the floor,” police Capt. Ray Floyd told TV station KSDK. “We believe she probably died from asphyxiation.”
Boschert had apparently been using the weightlifting equipment known as a Smith machine, which is intended to allow safe lifting without a spotter. The barbell is attached to vertical rails on a frame, allowing it to be raised and lowered for exercises including bench presses and squats; a twist of the wrists engages the bar’s hooks onto pegs on the frame, keeping it supported.
Investigators believe Boschert was discovered about 20 minutes after the weighted barbell fell on her. The emergency call, at 2:50 a.m., was from a patron who had just arrived.
Boschert was a paramedic for Christian Northeast Emergency Medical Services and just last week was named Paramedic of the Year by her squad, KSDK reported.
She graduated in 2020 from Lindenwood University, in St. Charles, with a bachelor’s degree in paramedicine.
A standout swimmer while at Duchesne High School in St. Charles, she had returned to the team this past season as an assistant coach.
In accordance with her wishes, her organs were donated for transplant.
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Date: May 25, 2022, 2:58 pm