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First Death Linked to Legal Colorado Weed

Teen jumped to his death after eating pot cookie

(Newser) - For the first time since Colorado legalized weed for recreational use, a coroner has listed "marijuana intoxication" as a contributor to a death. Wyoming student Levy Thamba was in Denver on spring break with three friends when he jumped to his death from a Holiday Inn balcony after eating... More »

Family of Guy Who Shot Himself: It Wasn't Suicide

They want James Jewell's cause of death listed as an accident

(Newser) - The death of the Michigan man who shot himself while attempting to demonstrate how safe his guns were has been ruled a suicide—and his family isn't happy about it. Jennifer Jackson says her longtime boyfriend James Jewell, 39, wasn't trying to take his own life: "I... More »

Girl's Death Blamed on Sedatives in Dentist's Chair

Autopsy report says sedatives, anesthesia likely to blame

(Newser) - Drugs are likely to blame for the death of Finley Boyle, the 3-year-old Hawaii girl who died a month after going into cardiac arrest during a root canal at a Kailua dentist's office on Dec. 3, according to the official autopsy report. The report says the combination of sedatives... More »

Teen Killed Trying to Retrieve Phone From Tracks

She was sucked in by freight train's 'vacuum'

(Newser) - Yet another person has died after putting her phone's safety ahead of her own. Jenna Betti, 14, was killed by a freight train on Sunday when she tried to retrieve a phone she had dropped on the tracks in Martinez, Calif., reports the San Francisco Chronicle . She had been... More »

Man Tries to Show How Safe His Guns Are, Kills Self

His safety demo reportedly involved putting his guns to his head

(Newser) - A Michigan man was trying to show his girlfriend how safe his guns were last Sunday, and ended up killing himself in the process. The 36-year-old man's girlfriend told police that after a day of drinking, he was demonstrating how to use his handguns. To drive home how safe... More »

Boy, 4, Killed in Freak Accidental Stabbing

Bralyn Shively dies after hammock breaks, he falls on uncle holding knife

(Newser) - As far as stabbings go, this one is as improbable as it is tragic: A 4-year-old Oklahoma boy was killed Saturday in a freak accident involving a hammock and a knife. His uncle, Chris Coates, 35, was visiting from Iowa and was lying in a hammock in the Oklahoma City... More »

Newlywed Base-Jumps to Her Death in Utah

As her husband of 2 weeks looked on

(Newser) - A Utah woman attempting a parachute jump near Zion National Park died when her parachute failed to open, say park officials. Amber Bellows fell about 2,000 feet to the ground Saturday afternoon. The 28-year-old had been attempting the jump from Mount Kinesava, in the southern part of the park... More »

Couple Die Having Sex in Car

They left engine running inside garage

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania couple apparently overcome by passion made the fatal mistake of leaving the engine running after they pulled into a Williamsport garage and had sex in their car, police say. The bodies of the partially clad couple, both 40 years old, were found inside the vehicle, which had run... More »

Woman Dies After Scarf Caught on Escalator

Horror in the Montreal subway

(Newser) - Safety mechanisms failed horrifically yesterday when a woman was strangled after her scarf and then her hair became caught in an escalator at a Montreal subway station. “The woman’s scarf got caught in the escalator and then she bent down to try to get it out and her... More »

Woman Crushed to Death in Freak Drawbridge Accident

She was on bridge when it was raised, was killed as it was lowered

(Newser) - A horrific accident in Boston, where a woman was crushed to death in a freak drawbridge accident yesterday. The woman was walking over the Meridian Street bridge when it was raised for a boat; the bridge operator heard her screaming and lowered the bridge—but the woman, clinging to one... More »

Cop Who Shot Kid With Toy Gun Was Firearms Expert

Erick Gelhaus identified as sheriff's deputy that fired

(Newser) - Another detail in the case of the 13-year-old boy who was shot when police officers spotted him holding a plastic BB gun : The sheriff's deputy who shot Andy Lopez Cruz is a gun expert and firearms instructor, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Erick Gelhaus hunts; he's been to... More »

Pilot Dies After Walking Into Helicopter Rotor at Fair

Carl Enlow was reportedly struck as he reached for his hat

(Newser) - A helicopter pilot is dead after officials say he walked into the aircraft's spinning rotor while giving rides at Pennsylvania's largest fair. Organizers say 69-year-old Carl Enlow died after being hit by the rotor Friday night at the Bloomsburg Fair. The fair's superintendent of police and parking... More »

Stats on Accidental Child Shootings Are Way Off

About half go unrecorded: report

(Newser) - Accidental shooting deaths of children may be far more common than we realize. An investigation by the New York Times found these deaths happen about twice as often as statistics indicate, because authorities often don't record them as "accidents." The Times looked at 259 accidental firearm deaths... More »

Baby Killed by Airport Baggage Carousel

Mom placed his carrier on conveyor belt

(Newser) - A five-month-old baby died on an airport baggage carousel in Alicante, Spain. The baby’s American mother had just arrived in Alicante where the child’s Canadian father was already waiting. The family was reportedly traveling to Spain for a vacation in the nearby city of Dénia. An airport... More »

Teen Shot Dead in Prank Gone Wrong

Colorado woman, 18, tried to surprise friend

(Newser) - An 18-year-old Colorado woman who tried to surprise a friend was shot dead by the startled man, police say. Premila Lal had apparently sneaked into the house 21-year-old Nerrek Galley was staying at and jumped out of a closet Friday night. ( CNN reports the Longmont home belonged to Lal'... More »

Boy, 3, Shoots Himself in Head, Dies

Dad posts on Facebook that he still supports gun rights

(Newser) - A 3-year-old Michigan boy is dead after shooting himself in the head yesterday, police say. They received a 911 call the Detroit News describes as "frantic" around 4:15pm; Damon Holbrook was found in the front bedroom of his Dundee home. The owner of the handgun involved was arrested... More »

Guy Looking for Lost Phone Crushed in Trash Compactor

Roger Mirro's body found inside, thought phone went down trash chute

(Newser) - The hunt for a missing cell phone turned tragic this week when a man was crushed to death in what police are calling "a terrible accident." Roger Mirro, 56, was searching for a misplaced phone at his apartment in a Chicago suburb when he told his neighbor he... More »

Falling Tree Kills Camp Counselor Near Yosemite

Staff members were eating breakfast outside at the time

(Newser) - Staff members at a summer camp near Yosemite National Park were having breakfast outdoors yesterday when they felt what the parent of one counselor described as an earthquake. About 40 feet of a large, 53-inch diameter black oak tree snapped off and came crashing down from 32 feet up, killing... More »

Dad Fatally Runs Over Son Who Fell From Parade Float

Boy, 8, either fell or jumped from float: police

(Newser) - Tragedy at an Oklahoma Fourth of July parade, where an 8-year-old boy either fell or jumped from a parade float and was fatally run over. Making the story much worse: The boy's father was driving the flat-bed trailer, which was being used as a float for a karate group,... More »

Bull Statue Fatally Gores Texas Teen

14-year-old dies in horrific hide-and-seek accident

(Newser) - Friends and family are mourning a Texas boy killed in a horrific freak accident during a late-night game of hide-and-seek. Miguel Martinez, 14, was playing with four other children at National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock when he ran into the horn of a metal bull... More »

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