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Wheelchair Users Face Much Bigger Risk From Traffic

They're 36% more likely to die in collisions than walkers: study

(Newser) - Pedestrians in wheelchairs are a whopping 36% more likely to die in a traffic collision compared to those out walking, according to a new study that's raising concerns about driver awareness and the availability of crosswalks. Researchers at Georgetown University combed through news articles and data from the National... More »

8-Year-Old Girl Killed While Driving Car

'My heart is dying; there are no words'

(Newser) - A driver died Sunday in Kansas after losing control of her 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, rolling down an embankment, and landing upside down in a creek, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. The driver? An 8-year-old girl. "Grandpa said he gave her permission to drive and she crashed," a Kansas Highway... More »

Soap Star Nathaniel Marston Dead at 40

Ex-'One Life to Live' actor succumbed to injuries from Oct. 30 car crash

(Newser) - One Life to Live fans are waking up to devastating news Thursday morning: Nathaniel Marston, the star who played Michael McBain on the long-running ABC soap opera, has died at the age of 40, People reports. Mom Elizabeth Jackson posted a heartfelt tribute to her son on Facebook Wednesday evening,... More »

Kids Lose Parents in Wreck, Cop Takes Unusual Step

Ga. Trooper Nathan Bradley didn't want to mar the memory of Halloween for them

(Newser) - Donald and Crystal Howard went out on Halloween to buy more face paint and candy. But the Georgia parents were killed in a car crash near their Morgan County home, leaving a young state trooper with a terrible task: breaking the news to their four kids, ages 6 to 13,... More »

Parents' Nightmare: Brothers Killed 3 Months Apart

One died in a car crash in July; the other was just killed by a hit-and-run driver

(Newser) - The Tsatsos family has been grieving since July, when 19-year-old son Darryl was killed in a three-car crash in a suburb of Detroit. Now their nightmare has doubled: Darryl's 18-year-old brother, Ryan, was killed by a hit-and-run driver over the weekend near the college where he was a freshman,... More »

Odd Twist in Story of Man Ejected Onto Freeway Sign

Richard Pananian's family had tried to protect him with lamb sacrifice days earlier

(Newser) - It was an unbelievable way to leave the Earth: thrust out of a car and into the air on a Los Angeles freeway, only to land atop a freeway sign . But the oddity of the death of Richard Pananian of Burbank didn't begin and end with that Friday morning... More »

Body Lands on Freeway Sign Following Car Accident

'I've never seen anything like this'

(Newser) - Authorities were left in disbelief after a man's body landed on top of a freeway sign following a car crash Friday morning in Los Angeles, Fox 11 reports. "I've never seen anything like this or heard anything like this," a highway patrol spokesperson tells the Los ... More »

How a Medical Team Reattached a Toddler's Skull

The 16-month-old is in a halo brace after a car accident, but walking

(Newser) - In mid-September, Rylea Taylor and her two children survived a 70mph head-on collision in Australia. But when Rylea pulled 16-month-old Jaxon out of the wreckage, she didn't need to be an expert to see her son's neck was broken. Indeed, his top two vertebrae were fractured, and both... More »

Accident Wipes Mom's Memory of Dead Baby, Husband

A car slammed into the back of the family's vehicle in Florida: police

(Newser) - Not only did Ivelisse Martinez lose her husband and baby in a car crash in Florida last week, she also lost all memory of them. Authorities say Jose Vargas Rosario, 35, and Martinez, 27, were stopped at a red light in Altamonte Springs on Oct. 16 when a Mercury Grand... More »

Man Cleans Up After Crash Kills Dog, Gets Hit and Killed

He was trying to remove debris from the road

(Newser) - Authorities say a Western New York man was struck and killed by a vehicle as he was cleaning debris from an earlier accident that killed his dog. Niagara County Sheriff's deputies say the dog had been hit by a car in the town of Royalton, north of Buffalo, just... More »

Boy, 14, Fleeing Cops in SUV Gets in Fatal Crash

3 other young teens also in vehicle

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy driving an SUV carrying three other young teenagers was killed when it crashed into a block wall in a neighborhood after speeding away from police, authorities said. Police responded to a call about a fight at 2am Wednesday, Officer James Holmes, a Phoenix police spokesman, said. They... More »

Paramedic Bride Helps Out at Accident Scene, Pic Goes Viral

Woman rushed from her wedding when she heard dad, grandparents were in crash

(Newser) - A post-wedding car crash, a concerned bride, and her photographer mom all came together in Tennessee to create a picture you won't see in too many wedding albums: a woman in her wedding dress helping out at the scene of an accident. The now-viral photo—posted on the Montgomery... More »

Video Shows Drivers High on Drugs Before Crash

Their families released the footage for a reason

(Newser) - A newly released video shows two young men joking and laughing as they drive at high speeds through dark country lanes. Then they crash, and their lives are over. Families of the two British friends—Kyle Careford, 20, Michael Owen, 21—have released the footage as a warning to others... More »

Guy Survives Crash That Rips Car in Two

Carlos Pino, 20, may have been intoxicated during crash: cops

(Newser) - It's perhaps an understatement to say a Florida man is lucky to be alive after he lost control of his sportscar and hit a tree on Tuesday. Police say Carlos Pino, 20, may have been intoxicated when he over-corrected on a curve while driving his 1986 Nissan 300ZX on... More »

Caitlyn Jenner Won't Be Charged in Fatal Crash

DA determines there's not enough evidence

(Newser) - Caitlyn Jenner won't be going to a men's prison as she feared she might . The Los Angeles district attorney has concluded there isn't enough evidence to charge her with a crime in the February car accident that resulted in the death of a 70-year-old woman. "We... More »

Man, 83, With Prosthetic Leg Helps Save Kids

They had been in car accident that killed their mom

(Newser) - An 83-year-old man with a prosthetic leg is being hailed as a hero after helping rescue two small children from a car after it crashed, killing their mother. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Ralph Patterson said he heard the crash and the children's screams in Plant City, Fla.... More »

2 Trucks Plummet Off Georgia Bridge Onto Highway

A Publix truck and a tanker with 8K gallons of fuel ended up on road below

(Newser) - Lunch hour got messy in Georgia today when two tractor-trailers drove right off an I-285 bridge and onto busy state highway 400, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Three people were sent to area hospitals, and the Sandy Springs Police Department warned that lane closures—which include all northbound lanes of 400... More »

Duck Rider Heard Driver Say 'Oh, No!'

Police investigating possible mechanical failure on Ducks vehicle

(Newser) - Four people killed when a Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle collided with a bus in Seattle yesterday have been identified as international students at North Seattle College. Authorities say they were among 48 staff and students from six countries who were touring the city on a chartered bus before classes... More »

Mom Spots Spider, Jumps Out of Moving Car

While her 9-year-old son was still inside

(Newser) - An Indiana mom found a spider on her shoulder at exactly the wrong time—while she was backing out of her driveway on Friday. Authorities say Angela Kipp of Syracuse jumped out of her Dodge Avenger while it was still in gear ... and her 9-year-old son was in the back... More »

Couple Stumbles Upon Driver Trapped in Car 2 Days

Woman had somehow gone through guardrail, over cliff

(Newser) - A young couple who stopped to take pictures at a scenic overlook in the Utah mountains thought the screams sounded like children playing in the distance at first. But as the cries persisted, Spencer Dryden and Cleo Jackson realized it wasn't kids. "Do you really need help?" Dryden... More »

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