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Cops: Guy Films Dying Teen Instead of Helping

Charged with trespass for opening car door after deadly crash

(Newser) - The Daily Beast has christened Ohio's Paul Pelton "America's Worst Samaritan," a distinction the 41-year-old earned thanks to his behavior at a deadly car crash. He filmed the two teenage victims instead of trying to help them, then tried to sell the footage to local media,... More »

Telling Friend to Speed May Be Pricey Mistake

Court rules that case against passenger should proceed

(Newser) - A woman may have to pay up for urging a friend to zoom past the speed limit. A federal appeals court in San Diego has ruled that the female passenger will have to face a jury over the fatal accident that resulted, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . The case goes... More »

3 Farm Workers Dead, 5 Hurt in Cali Van Accident

Van rolled over when driver overcorrected: cops

(Newser) - Three people were killed and five others hospitalized Saturday after a van carrying farm workers overturned on a central California highway, authorities said. The victims were returning from a day of working in the fields when the accident occurred on State Route 152 in Merced County, says California Highway Patrol... More »

Pregnant Woman Survives Insane Crash, Is Charged

Her car was literally cut in half

(Newser) - Haley Smith faces a slew of charges after a car accident, but she really has no cause to complain: Her car was literally cut in half, and she escaped relatively unscathed. And so did her unborn baby—the 20-year-old is pregnant. Authorities in Lincolnton, NC, say Smith may have been... More »

SUV Crashes Into Crib— and Sleeping Baby Is Fine

Student driver mistook gas for brake

(Newser) - There's a reason the police spokesman in Bellevue, Washington, uses the phrases "pretty miraculous," "nothing short of miraculous," and "miraculously not injured" when discussing this accident with KOMO News and the Seattle Times . It seems a woman learning how to drive yesterday mistook the... More »

Google: Driverless Cars Not to Blame for 11 Accidents

But Google, California DMV haven't released full accident reports

(Newser) - Google's fleet of 23 self-driving Lexuses has been involved in 11 accidents over the past six years of testing in California—but the company says not one of those incidents was the fault of a Google car, the AP reports. Chris Urmson, director of Google's self-driving initiative, writes... More »

Behind Georgia Highway Crashes: an 'Optical Illusion'

Drivers appear to be tricked by a curve from I-285 southbound to I-20 eastbound

(Newser) - Between November and January, five trucks rolled over on a single highway ramp in Georgia's DeKalb County. "I'm not an engineer," says a WSB-TV traffic reporter, "but common sense says there's something wrong there." Now experts may be able to explain it. There... More »

Court Rebuffs Suit by Parents Told Their Daughter Was Dead

Maria and Jose Guerra believed bad news for horrible 6 days

(Newser) - So law enforcement officers mistakenly informed Maria and Jose Guerra that their daughter was dead—and the grieving parents believed that misinformation for a grueling six days. Is that reason to sue? The Arizona couple did sue the Department of Public Safety for negligence, only to have the state's... More »

Family: Deputies Stripped Our Dead Girl, Took Photos

Chicago lawsuit alleges authorities removed Jessica Mejia of clothes unnecessarily

(Newser) - As they were investigating a 2009 drunk-driving accident that killed 20-year-old Jessica Mejia, Cook County Sheriff's Officers stripped off all her clothes except for her underpants, placed her partially naked body on a tarp, and then took photos—all while in the view of onlookers and other emergency responders.... More »

Could Girl's Nightmares Hold Truth of Mom's Death?

Elisa's visions of a white van coincide with similar reports

(Newser) - When Natali Castellanos-Tyler died after her car slid off a road near her home in Chesterfield County, Va., in late February, investigators blamed roads wet with sleet for what they thought was a one-car accident. But the mother of three's young daughter Elisa, who was in the car and... More »

3 Teens Survive Unbelievable Car Crash

Car goes over cliff, ends up on top of driver; everybody's fine

(Newser) - Somehow, this ends well: An SUV with three teenage girls went off a 100-foot cliff in Arizona, and the 16-year-old driver was thrown from the vehicle as it flipped and landed on top of her. It took a while for rescuers to get all three freed, but everybody came away... More »

8 Killed in Church Van Accident

10 others in vehicle injured, 2 of them critically

(Newser) - A church van returning from a trip to Fort Myers, Fla., crashed in Glades County this morning around 12:30am, killing eight people. The van was apparently traveling on State Road 78 when it ran a stop sign at Highway 27, crossed all four lanes of the highway and a... More »

American Horror Story Actor Dies After LA Accident

Ben Woolf was clipped by vehicle's side mirror

(Newser) - Ben Woolf, an actor on American Horror Story, has died after being injured in a street accident, a spokesman says. He was 34. Woolf died yesterday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his family at his side, his publicist says. The 4-foot-4 actor was hospitalized in critical condition after he was... More »

Kim, Khloe, Kylie and North West in Road Accident

Family fine after car lands in ditch

(Newser) - More trouble on the road for the Kardashian/Jenner/West clan. Khloe Kardashian was reportedly driving in Bozeman, Montana, when a truck knocked snow onto her windshield. With Kim, her daughter North West, and Kylie Jenner in tow, Khloe lost control of the car, hitting black ice before moving past oncoming traffic... More »

SUV Plunges Off Bridge, Lands Upright; Women OK

Vehicle just missed landing in river in Hackensack

(Newser) - There's surviving a car accident, and then there's this: Two women are going to be fine after their SUV plunged off a New Jersey bridge and landed upright 60 feet below, reports NJ.com . Authorities say the 23-year-old driver, Elizabeth Wolthoff, swerved to avoid another vehicle on the... More »

Woman Drives Off Cliff, Forced to Climb Back Up

Debbie Lopez, 57, spent 24 hours climbing steep terrain after days of waiting

(Newser) - Talk about the will to live. When 57-year-old Debbie Lopez was putting out a cigarette and steered her pickup truck off a cliff on the winding coastal Highway 1 near Ragged Point, Calif., last Saturday, she plunged 150 feet and landed upside down, where she waited for help for days,... More »

Bob Simon Wasn't Wearing Seat Belt in Fatal Crash

They're not required in livery cabs

(Newser) - It's not clear whether it would have made a difference given the severity of the crash, but the NYPD says Bob Simon was not wearing a seat belt in yesterday's fatal accident , reports USA Today . The 73-year-old CBS News journalist was killed when the Town Car in which... More »

Bruce Jenner Not Texting During Car Crash: Photo

Former Olympic athlete was smoking at the time

(Newser) - Looks like Bruce Jenner wasn't texting when he caused a fatal accident yesterday—so vehicular manslaughter charges may not be in the offing, TMZ reports. A photo snapped by an "independent photo agency" (TMZ's words) shows the former Olympian with a cigarette in his hand when he... More »

Your Chance of Dying in Car Wreck Plunged in 3 Years

And 9 car models have a zero death rate

(Newser) - The chances of dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The study, which examined fatalities... More »

Pothole May Have Caused Crash That Killed Dad, Son

Pedro Montanez may have hit pothole before entering oncoming lane

(Newser) - A pothole may be to blame for a fatal car accident in Michigan this week. Pedro Montanez, 36, was driving his three children to school Tuesday when his 2005 Mazda 3 swerved into the oncoming lane, spun on icy roads, and was broadsided by a pickup truck. Montanez and his... More »

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