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Grandma Drives Onto Sidewalk Outside School, Injures 9 Kids

Police say she panicked after backing into another car

(Newser) - Police say a 70-year-old grandmother picking up her grandchildren from school Friday in California ended up sending six kids to the hospital when she drove her car onto the sidewalk, CBS 8 reports. According to NBC San Diego , the woman was backing into a parking space at an elementary school... More »

Stolen Meals on Wheels Van Leads Police Chase

'Don’t take the truck; we need it for seniors' food'

(Newser) - Instead of delivering food to seniors in need, a Meals on Wheels van spent Friday in a "moderately paced" police chase with Bay Area cops, the Los Angeles Times reports. Volunteers for Life ElderCare were unloading the van behind Fremont City Hall when police say 45-year-old Reginald Nunn and... More »

$300K Car Crashes 10 Minutes After It's Delivered

That's gotta sting

(Newser) - There was champagne, there was celebrating, there was … probably a lot of noise as some very expensive steel and rubber smashed into a tree. A man in Essex, England, appeared terribly excited to take delivery of his new $313,000 McLaren 650S sports car (a "supercar" that Jalopnik... More »

Death by Human Extinction Far More Likely Than by Car Crash

We should be more afraid of asteroids, pandemics, and Terminators

(Newser) - Pandemics, super-volcanoes, nuclear war, climate change, asteroids, and murderous artificial intelligence. You're not more likely to die from any one of those things than in a car crash. But put all those things together, and, well, that changes things a bit, the Atlantic reports. According to the annual Global ... More »

Lawsuit Claims Snapchat Filter Responsible for Car Crash

The filter allows users to post a photo showing how fast they're moving

(Newser) - A Georgia man claims the car accident that left him with permanent brain damage was caused by a teen too busy taking selfies to pay attention to the road, NBC News reports. Now he's suing the teen, Christal McGee, and Snapchat. The lawsuit filed this month claims McGee was... More »

Porsche Not Liable for Paul Walker Crash: Judge

But there are 2 more cases against the company still in the pipeline

(Newser) - The widow of the man driving the Porsche Carrera GT that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker had hoped to prove that something wrong with the car itself, not the car going too fast, caused the 2013 accident. But a California federal judge on Monday dismissed Kristine Rodas' wrongful death... More »

Man Almost Drives Over Ledge, Then Gets Hit by Bus

He became 'disoriented' after first crash in Malibu, Calif.

(Newser) - A man in Malibu, Calif., was hospitalized Saturday after being involved in not one, but two car accidents along a road winding through the area's canyons, KABC reports. Per a Facebook post by the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station, the driver—identified by the California Highway Patrol as Silviano... 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 »

Energy CEO Was Driving Way Over Speed Limit in Crash

Aubrey McClendon also hit the brakes twice

(Newser) - An energy tycoon who died in a car crash the day after his indictment by a federal grand jury was traveling well over the speed limit when he struck a bridge abutment, Reuters reports. Aubrey McClendon, former CEO of Chesapeake Energy, hit 88mph in a 50mph zone just a few... More »

Booze, Speed Tied to Crash That Killed Survivor of Boston Bombing

Just hours after a rider in the ill-fated Ferrari promised no speeding in Dubai

(Newser) - "Just landed into Dubai picked up the Ferrari! Don't worry I won't speed ;)" was Cody Nixon's final Instagram post , showing the Canadian boxer standing next to said yellow Ferrari just hours before the crash early Sunday that killed him and three others , including Boston Marathon... More »

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Dies in Car Accident

Victoria McGrath, fellow student killed in Dubai

(Newser) - Victoria McGrath was 20 years old when she was pictured in an iconic photo, being carried to safety by a firefighter after a bomb went off just 5 feet from where she was standing at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Less than three years later, the survivor... More »

5 Weird Things That Caused Car Crashes

From a sneeze to an eclipse

(Newser) - While distracted driving is often cited as one of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents, in the odd car incidents below, the drivers gave much more unusual reasons as to why they crashed their vehicles:
  1. Sneeze: A violent sneeze can often cause you to close your eyes for
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CarMax Salesman Killed in Test Drive Gone Wrong

Witnesses say Corvette was going 70mph

(Newser) - It was just another test drive—a regular task in the daily routine of a used-car salesman. But for CarMax's Warren Smale, it turned out to be his last ride after a potential buyer crashed the red Corvette they were driving in Tuesday into a tree, killing the 43-year-old... More »

Weatherman's Dramatic Crash Ruled a Suicide

Nicholas Wiltgen drove through parking garage wall in Atlanta

(Newser) - "Millions read his work every week and were better for it." That's what the Weather Channel had to say after the death of a senior meteorologist in Atlanta. Nicholas Wiltgen, who worked at the company for 15 years, died Sunday when his vehicle drove through a wall... More »

EMS Officer Dies After Responding to Daughter's Car Crash

Eskil 'Scott' Danielson, 49, tended to her at scene, later suffered heart attack

(Newser) - Tragedy in New Jersey: An emergency responder died suddenly after tending to a car crash involving his own daughter, the Express-Times reports. Eskil "Scott" Danielson, 49, was serving in an EMS unit when it responded to a crash scene between Andover Borough and Byram Township. Officials say Danielson helped... More »

Marine Killed Hours After He Made Poignant NYE Post

Matthew DeRemer, 31, was killed by a drunk driver on New Year's Eve

(Newser) - Marine veteran Matthew DeRemer, 31, who served in Iraq, wrote one final Facebook post before setting out on his motorcycle in Florida on New Year's Eve to ring in 2016. And its message, which has since inspired many shares and likes, turned out to be chillingly poignant: "I... More »

4 Teens Dead in Car Crash

None were wearing seat belts, while 5 survivors were

(Newser) - Four teenagers from a central Indiana town died Wednesday evening when their vehicle crossed a median on a state road near Indianapolis and struck a minivan, Indiana State Police said. Five others, including a fifth passenger in the teens' vehicle and a family of four, were taken to a hospital... More »

One Dead After Car Smashes Into Secret Service Vehicle

4 on-duty agents involved in NH crash that killed 45-year-old driver of other car

(Newser) - A car carrying four on-duty Secret Service agents was involved in a head-on collision in New Hampshire that killed the driver of the other car, police said Wednesday. The accident happened about 7pm Tuesday in Wakefield, near the Maine state line. The agents were in a Ford Taurus heading south... More »

After Viewing Xmas Lights, a Family's Double Tragedy

Texas brother and sister killed after their car is rear-ended

(Newser) - A Texas family's ride to view a Christmas lights display ended in tragedy Monday night when their car was rear-ended, killing the two oldest kids, WFAA reports. The Haltom City mom and dad and their three children had just completed a drive-through of the Christmas lights extravaganza at Texas... More »

Cops: Vegas Driver Was Seeking Estranged Partner

Lakeisha Holloway may have been headed to Dallas

(Newser) - A homeless woman accused of slamming a car carrying her 3-year-old daughter into a crowd of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip was likely on her way to Dallas to find the girl's estranged father, authorities said Monday. Suspect Lakeisha Holloway, 24, resided in Oregon and had been in... More »

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