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Accidental Shootings Kill More Kids Than You Know

Gov't stats may actually miss a third of cases

(Newser) - Government statistics may miss a third of deadly accidental shootings involving children, according to a joint investigation from the AP and USA Today. The survey of news reports, public sources, and research data shows minors died from accidental shootings at a pace of one every other day during the first... More »

Canada's New Scourge: World's Deadliest Mushroom

May have just claimed a 3-year-old victim in Victoria

(Newser) - Twenty years ago, residents of British Columbia in northwestern Canada didn't have to worry about the deadliest mushroom in the world. But Amanita phalloides, the "death cap" mushroom, likely hitched a ride on trees being imported into the area to beautify city streets and is now flourishing, resulting... More »

Collision on Sidelines of Football Game Kills Retired Teacher

Traumatic brain injury claims math teacher of 31 years

(Newser) - Over the course of 31 years, Scranton Prep math teacher Tony Cantafio became known as "Taps" for his devoted work on the sidelines of football, baseball, and basketball games keeping score and stats for the players. Perhaps he died doing what he loved, then, as he suffered a traumatic... More »

Woman Falls to Her Death From Zip Line

59-year-old fell about 40 feet

(Newser) - A 59-year-old woman who went to a Delaware zip line park for a "Treetop Adventure" experience instead fell to her death Wednesday, Delaware Online reports. The woman fell about 40 feet, and the news site says crew members and others at the scene were "visibly shaken" by what... More »

Skydiving Student Found Dead With 'No Harness'

'She came completely out of whatever and dropped to the ground'

(Newser) - Sheralynn Neff took part in at least five skydives over the weekend, so her last on Sunday should have been routine, reports the Hutchinson News . Instead, the 26-year-old's parachute landed without her. Crews in Cushing, Okla., searched for 16 hours before discovering the body of the Kansas woman—whom... More »

Boy, 12, Dies After Hiking in 100+ Degrees

Area in Arizona hit 112 degrees by evening

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy has died after he was out hiking in north Phoenix amid triple-digit temperatures, the AP reports. Phoenix police say the boy was hiking with an adult male Friday afternoon in the Sonoran Desert Preserve when he became ill. Firefighters responded, and he was airlifted to Phoenix Children'... More »

Teen Dies When Lightning Strikes Personal Watercraft

Stepmom injured, dad treated for shock

(Newser) - A 14-year-old girl was killed and her 49-year-old stepmother injured Friday when lightning struck the personal watercraft they were riding in a Utah reservoir. Daggett County sheriff's officials say Jayleen Reynolds and stepdaughter Brooklyn Reynolds were riding in a remote area of Flaming Gorge Reservoir around noon when the... More »

Couple's Vacation Golf Cart Ride Turns Tragic

Man killed, wife charged in his death

(Newser) - Timothy and Lori Doyle of Illinois were visiting family in Gallatin, Tenn., when a night out at a golf community along a lake turned tragic Saturday. Timothy, 60, was standing up riding on the back of a golf cart while his wife, 55, drove them and another couple to the... More »

Woman Lets Hiker Pass at Grand Canyon, Falls to Death

Colleen Burns' death came hours after she posted image of herself at canyon's edge

(Newser) - The last photo Colleen Burns posted to Instagram shows her sitting at the edge of the Grand Canyon. "That view tho," she captioned it. Hours later, the 35-year-old fell 400 feet to her death when she slipped off a ledge Friday morning. Park officials announced her death Monday,... More »

Teen's Gunshot Death Likely a Selfie Gone Wrong

Police say no adults were home when 15-year-old DaMontez Jones shot himself

(Newser) - An attempt at a selfie gone horribly wrong apparently killed a St. Louis-area 15-year-old who fatally shot himself in the chest last week. Local police say DaMontez Jones likely found the loaded and unlocked gun on a top shelf of a bedroom closet, and that it went off on Friday... More »

Iowa Girl, 13, Dies in Freak Hammock Accident

A brick column collapsed on top of her

(Newser) - A middle school in Des Moines, Iowa, is mourning one of its most promising students, who died in a freak hammock accident on Saturday. Police say 13-year-old Peri Sagun was killed when she joined her 16-year-old sister in a hammock that had been strung up between a tree and a... More »

Man Tries to Rescue Friend at Waterfall, Both Die

Would-be rescuer fell 150 feet, friend died in hospital

(Newser) - A man who apparently slipped from the top of a waterfall in North Carolina is dead along with his would-be rescuer. Authorities say Joseph Hopkins, 23, and Davis Zinsenheim, 22, were visiting a resident of the Lake Toxaway area from Georgia on Tuesday when they decided to explore a waterfall... More »

Student Dies Falling From School Jumbotron

Andrew Scott Demboski was only 21

(Newser) - Sad news from Mississippi State University: A 21-year-old junior died falling from the football stadium Jumbotron early Saturday morning, WTVA reports. Seems the student, Andrew Scott Demboski, climbed up on the scoreboard with two friends and fell roughly 18 feet from a metal awning, landing head-first on a platform and... More »

Selfie With Loaded Gun Ends in Teen's Death

India is the selfie death capital

(Newser) - An Indian teen is dead after accidentally shooting himself in the head while taking a selfie as he posed with his father's handgun, the Telegraph reports. Ramandeep Singh, 15, "was clicking a selfie with a loaded gun at his house when the incident happened," the police superintendent... More »

Teen Electrocuted While Trying YouTube Experiment

15-year-old boy was apparently trying to make a 'Jacob's Ladder'

(Newser) - A 15-year-old Ohio boy died Tuesday night, apparently while attempting to recreate something he saw on YouTube, WKYC reports. Police say Morgan Wojciechowski was trying to make a "Jacob's Ladder," in which a high-voltage spark of electricity travels between two wires parallel to one another and climbs... More »

In Twist, Dad Admits He Accidentally Shot Girl, 4

Philly police had thought 5-year-old brother killed her

(Newser) - The parent of a 4-year-old girl who was killed in a Philadelphia neighborhood has confessed to accidentally shooting her, police said. Authorities were unsure whether the man, who has not been identified, is her father or stepfather, but said he told police it was him Saturday night. The child was... More »

Dead Body Found at Disneyland Paris

Worker died in apparent accident

(Newser) - A dead body—a real one, not one created for the attraction—was found inside the haunted mansion ride at Disneyland Paris Saturday morning. The 45-year-old park employee is believed to have been electrocuted while fixing a light fixture inside the ride, which is called Phantom Manor at the Paris... More »

Falling Tree Kills Husband, Wife in Car

They were driving in Massachusetts

(Newser) - The spring storm that brought wind and snow to New England also took a quick and devastating toll on one Massachusetts family: A husband and wife were killed when a tree fell on their car Sunday morning. Authorities say Franklin Teixeira, 49, and his wife, Manuela, 51, were driving in... More »

Woman on Way to Mom's Funeral Killed in Crash

Mother's ashes were believed to have been in the vehicle

(Newser) - Danielle Vale, 48, was en route to her mother's funeral in Utah Saturday when she was killed in a car crash, KUTV reports. The Nevada woman was in a pickup truck being driven by a 48-year-old man who lost control of the vehicle on the icy road; it rolled... More »

Woman Dies in Bizarre Drive-Thru Accident

She was pinned by own car at coffee stand

(Newser) - A South Carolina woman died in the drive-thru lane of a coffee shop in what cops are calling a freak accident. From what investigators can piece together, 28-year-old Pamela Page was in the drive-thru lane at Biggby Coffee in Summerville when she opened her car door to pick up something... More »

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