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4 Killed in Crash Involving Dallas Cowboys Staff Bus

No players on board, team says

(Newser) - A bus carrying Dallas Cowboys staffers but no players collided with a van Sunday on an Arizona highway, killing four people in the van, authorities say. The bus occupants emerged uninjured from the crash, an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman says. "All on the bus came through OK... More »

10 Cities With Highest Speeds in Fatal Crashes

Slow down, California

(Newser) - Tourists may be wary of hailing a speeding cab in Manhattan, but the Big Apple doesn't even fall in the top 20 "fastest" US cities, let alone the top 10, per an Auto Insurance Center examination of speeding deaths across the country. The center looked at more than... More »

Teen Killed on Carnival Ride: I'll Cherish 'Every Living Moment'

Samantha Aguilar was in the top 10% of her class

(Newser) - The 16-year-old Texas girl who died at a hospital Friday night after a carnival-ride accident at a church festival is being recalled as a standout student-athlete who was in the top 10% of her class at Hanks High School in El Paso. Samantha Aguilar "was very sweet and kind... More »

Hours After DUI Bust, Driver in DUI Crash That Kills 5

The 61-year-old was going the wrong way

(Newser) - "It was coming right at me," said a 911 caller in Dayton, Ohio, who had pulled over to avoid a collision with a wrong-way driver on I-75 early Saturday. Soon after, there was another call: "There is a car on top of another car," the second... More »

Michigan Teen Killed in Sledding Accident

Boy was being pulled by a vehicle

(Newser) - A Michigan teen on a sled being towed by a vehicle was killed Saturday when he slammed into a tree, Fox 17 reports. Mason Dykstra, 15, of Manlius Township was transported to a hospital after the accident, and later died. Students and staff gathered at Hamilton High School on Sunday... More »

'Miracle Baby' Born After Mom Killed in Hit-and-Run

A suspect has been charged

(Newser) - A tragedy was followed quickly by a miracle on Christmas Eve when a hit-and-run driver plowed into a pregnant woman as she crossed a Chicago street. Karla Y. Leanos, 26, the mother of three and seven months pregnant, was killed in the incident, which happened just before 10pm in the... More »

Ex-3 Doors Down Bassist Is Headed to Prison

Robert "Todd" Harrell was high on pills

(Newser) - Knee surgeries from "bouncing around on stage for 20 years" left Robert "Todd" Harrell in pain. The pills he took to ease that pain ultimately just led to a whole lot more. Harrell, former bassist of 3 Doors Down, was sentenced Friday to two years in prison after... More »

Cops Think 2 Teens Died in 'Nerf Wars' Crash

Boys may have been playing with Nerf guns when they lost control of truck, barrel-rolled

(Newser) - Police say a game of "Nerf wars" may be behind a crash that killed two teens and injured two others Friday in the Minneapolis, Minn., suburb of Lakeville, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Johnny Price, 18, and Jake Flynn, 17, both students at Lakeville South High School, died in... 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 »

IndyCar Driver Dies of Freak Head Injury

Justin Wilson was injured yesterday at Pocono Raceway

(Newser) - IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has died from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris struck him at Pocono Raceway. He was 37. IndyCar made the announcement tonight at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Wilson is a British driver who lived outside Denver in Longmont, Colo. He was hit in the... More »

SUV Plows Into Gym Class, Kills 2 Boys

Driver admitted he used drugs; 2 others seriously injured

(Newser) - An SUV jumped a curb and plowed into a group of Washington state high school students out for a gym class walk yesterday, killing two boys and seriously injuring two others. About 30 students from Windward High School in Ferndale were out walking with a teacher when the vehicle left... More »

Determined Student Dies on Way to Graduation

Houston student Omar Rodas was driving to the ceremony

(Newser) - A Houston student who put in extra hours to graduate from high school died in a car crash yesterday while driving to the ceremony, the Houston Chronicle reports. Identified by friends as Omar Rodas, the student died on Interstate 45 only two hours before graduation. He was wearing his graduation... More »

8 Killed in Church Van Accident

10 others in vehicle injured, 2 of them critically

(Newser) - A church van returning from a trip to Fort Myers, Fla., crashed in Glades County this morning around 12:30am, killing eight people. The van was apparently traveling on State Road 78 when it ran a stop sign at Highway 27, crossed all four lanes of the highway and a... More »

Tomorrow Is the Deadliest Day to Be a Pedestrian

Drunk walkers tend to jaywalk, lie in the road

(Newser) - New Year's Eve culminates in a circus of drunk drivers and pedestrians going home after a night of merry-making—and experts say drunk pedestrians are eight times more likely to be killed on the way than drunk drivers. New Year's Day is the most dangerous day to be... More »

9-Year-Old's Joyride Ends With 2 Kids Dead

Boys, ages 3 and 13, thrown from car

(Newser) - On Friday night, 9-year-old Ty'Jun Thigpen got hold of his mom's car keys and climbed into her Mercury in Scott County, Miss., along with three other children. The joyride ended in tragedy when Ty'Jun noticed the blue lights of a Mississippi Highway Patrol safety checkpoint along a... More »

2 Kids, Adult Killed When Buses Collide in Knoxville

Knoxville accident 'is unspeakable tragedy,' official says

(Newser) - Two buses bringing children home from school collided on a Tennessee highway this afternoon, killing two students and an adult and injuring another 23 people. Police did not immediately say what caused the crash, which sent one of the buses onto its side. The children killed were in third grade... More »

4 Female College Students Killed in Bus Crash

Softball team's bus hit by truck on Oklahoma highway

(Newser) - A tractor-trailer crossed a southern Oklahoma highway median and plowed into the side of a college softball team's bus, killing four women on the team and injuring more than a dozen others, authorities said. The collision involving the North Central Texas College team happened about 9pm yesterday on Interstate... More »

Drunk Driver Who Killed Man to Serve 120 Days in Jail

Family lost 2 other members to another drunk driver 2 years earlier

(Newser) - In 2011, Leroy "Buddy" Bronson's wife and 11-year-old daughter were killed by a drunk driver. Last year, Bronson himself was killed by a different drunk driver. And on Friday, that second driver—25-year-old Ronald O'Kelly—received a suspended sentence that could see him spend just 120 days... More »

Driver Who Killed Family Guilty of DUI on Same Road

Walter Depner drove drunk again on the same road

(Newser) - A scary story from northern Illinois, where a man who killed four people while driving drunk nearly 15 years ago today pleaded guilty to a DUI on that same road, the Chicago Tribune reports. In the most recent incident, Walter Depner, 62, was reportedly seen driving into a snowbank on... More »

Woman Hits, Kills Dad Who Didn't Want Her to Drive

He was standing behind her car, didn't want her to drive drunk

(Newser) - After arguing with her family—and drinking—Friday night in Riverside, California, 37-year-old Soukvilay Barton headed for her BMW convertible in the garage. Her father, Bounmy Rajsombath, 69, first tried to talk her out of driving while intoxicated, KTLA reports, but when that didn't work, he stood behind the... More »

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