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Bride Killed in Crash Minutes After Wedding

Newlyweds decided to drive motorcycle to reception

(Newser) - What should have been the happiest day of Jana Miles-Burnett's life turned out to be the last one. The 40-year-old emergency dispatcher married William Burnett in a park in Buckner, Ill., on Saturday evening and was killed in a motorcycle accident that happened within minutes of their nuptials, the... More »

3 Young Sisters Killed in Freak Farming Accident

The girls were buried in canola seed on family farm

(Newser) - Three young sisters died Tuesday in a freak accident on a family farm in rural Canada, the Edmonton Journal reports. The girls—11-year-old twins Dara and Jana and 13-year-old Catie—were smothered by canola seed in the back of a truck, though the details of their deaths remain hazy. A... More »

Teen Who Vanished Years Ago Found in Chimney

He may have tried to shimmy down, got stuck

(Newser) - The remains of 18-year-old man reported missing seven years ago were found in the chimney of an abandoned cabin less than a mile from his home, and the details of his death are likely to stay mysterious, Colorado officials said Wednesday. The remains were found last month as contractors tore... More »

High School QB Died of Internal Bleeding

New Jersey teen suffered lacerated spleen during game

(Newser) - A New Jersey teen died during a football game Friday night, and now the medical examiner has determined the cause. An autopsy found that Warren Hills quarterback Evan Murray died from a lacerated spleen, the Morris County medical examiner says, partly because the 17-year-old had an abnormally large organ that... More »

This Year, Selfies Are Deadlier Than Sharks

They've caused 12 deaths, compared to 8 from sharks

(Newser) - With the recent death of a tourist at the Taj Mahal , 2015's selfie-related death toll sits at 12—compared to just eight people who have been killed by sharks this year, Mashable reports. "It sounds like a joke, but unfortunately it isn't," writes Cailey Rizzo. The... More »

History-Making Les Mis Lead Dies at 21

Kyle Jean-Baptiste was youngest, first black actor to play Jean Valjean

(Newser) - Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the actor who made history as the youngest and the first African American to play Jean Valjean in Les Misérables on Broadway, died Friday night in an apparent fall in Brooklyn, reports the New York Times . He was 21. Police say that his death "appeared to... More »

Couple 'Having Sex' Plunges Over Castle Wall

He apparently worked there, and she was a visiting nurse

(Newser) - A French couple fell 40 feet to their deaths from a castle wall while apparently making love, the Independent reports. Naked bodies of the two 31-year-olds were found in a moat that surrounds a castle on the main island of Chausey Archipelago, off the coast of Normandy in the English... More »

Teen Falls 120 Feet to Her Death at Camp

Olivia Paige Grimes became unhooked from a large pendulum swing

(Newser) - A Florida teenager died about 6pm Monday after falling out of a rope swing at a Christian camp on the South Carolina-North Carolina border. Olivia Paige Grimes, 16, of Lakeland, Florida, was part of a group participating in an event called the "Freebird" and was attached to a large... More »

Another Man Dies After Shooting Firework Off Body

At least 4 killed by fireworks during Fourth of July celebrations

(Newser) - Another man is dead after reportedly shooting a firework off his own body, this time in Texas. Postal worker Justin Bartek, 30, was setting off fireworks with friends along the Colorado River in Columbus early yesterday when he put a Medieval Knight, a large, tube-shaped firework, on his chest and... More »

Teen's Death Exposes Dangers of 'Car Surfing'

Shana Chavez, 16, fell while riding on an SUV's back bumper

(Newser) - A family is warning about the dangers of "car surfing" after a 16-year-old died in Iowa. Shana Chavez had just gotten off work at a Theisen's farm supply store last Friday when she and another girl hopped on the back bumper of an SUV while a 17-year-old male... More »

Mom on 4-Year-Old's Death: 'Cinnamon Can Kill'

Boy ingested ground cinnamon found in mom's kitchen

(Newser) - A Kentucky mom is warning teenagers against attempting the so-called "cinnamon challenge" after her 4-year-old son's death. Matthew Rader was in his mom's kitchen Wednesday when he got on top of the stove, found a container of ground cinnamon, and decided to have a taste. "He... More »

Man Showing Kids a Cherry Picker Kills One

Cops think there were too many people in bucket when it tipped over

(Newser) - A cherry picker accident that left a man and a boy dead and injured three other children happened as the man was giving the neighborhood kids in Albuquerque a demonstration of the elevated lift, authorities say. The cherry picker carrying the group toppled over from a strong gust of wind... More »

Cops: Teen Killed Friend Who Tossed Pebbles at Window

Mackeon Schulte was trying to wake his sleeping pal

(Newser) - "It's a tragedy all around." That from Capt. John Bedford of Billings Police Department in explaining what happened in his Montana city in the wee hours of Sunday. Per police, Mackeon Schulte, 15, and a friend he was spending the night with went to another friend's... More »

Gorgeous Weather Turns Deadly for Kayakers

Group of 7 wasn't prepared for sudden storm; 2 perish

(Newser) - The weather was calm and "beautiful" when a group of kayakers set out paddling near Washington state's Dungeness Bay on Saturday, USA Today reports. Then, suddenly, as the church group of seven headed back from lunch at a lighthouse on Dungeness Spit, the wind picked up. "Within... More »

'90s Singer Dead in Freak Wine Glass Accident

Charmayne Maxwell apparently fell, cut neck on broken glass

(Newser) - A 1990s R&B singer died in a bizarre accident at her Los Angeles home Friday night. Charmayne Maxwell, a member of the Grammy-nominated group Brownstone , was reportedly home alone with her son after his soccer game; around 9pm, her husband, music producer Carsten Soulshock, came home to find her... More »

Dad Accidentally Shoots, Kills Babysitter

Adonis Forbes charged with negligent homicide in 13-year-old boy's death

(Newser) - A Louisiana father who was trying to fix his handgun accidentally killed his kids' 13-year-old babysitter, the Advocate reports. Adonis Forbes, 25, and his wife were out for their anniversary on Saturday when they came home for a quick check on their kids. That's when Forbes, of Baton Rouge,... More »

5-Year-Old Shoots, Kills Baby Brother

Accidental death occurred after boy found gun: reports

(Newser) - A 5-year-old boy shot and killed his infant brother in what authorities say was an accident, KCTV reports. The older boy found the loaded gun while the 9-month-old was in a playpen yesterday morning, says Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White of the events in the small town of Elmo, Mo.... More »

Boy, 7, Dies in Freak School Cafeteria Accident

Foldaway bench fell on Brendan Jordan during soccer practice

(Newser) - Brendan Jordan, 7, was chasing a soccer ball inside the gym at Berkley Street Elementary School in New Milford, NJ, Wednesday night when a freak accident took his life. Somehow, a wood-and-steel bench that weighed more than 100 pounds broke free from the wall and hit the boy, killing him,... More »

Woman Killed by Her Own Empty Car

Jennifer Feuerman got out, but left it running and in gear

(Newser) - Jennifer Feuerman apparently exited her Mercedes-Benz while it was still running Saturday, and it was a move that ended in tragedy. The 50-year-old Long Island woman was found dead around 7pm that night on Bowditch Lane in Center Moriches, and investigators believe the 2012 car—which was still in gear—... More »

Man Lying in Road Dies After Cop Runs Him Over

Garrett Gagne, 22, had been out with friends celebrating New Year's Eve

(Newser) - A 22-year-old described as "the best of the scholar athletes" at his university had been out with friends to celebrate New Year's Eve when he got separated from them—and somehow ended up lying in the middle of an unlit road in Chatham, Mass., police say. That's... More »

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