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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 »

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 »

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 »

In Court, Widow Hugs Driver Who Killed Husband

She forgives woman who caused fatal accident

(Newser) - A Georgia widow confronted the woman responsible for her husband's death in a fatal car accident in court yesterday—and gave her a hug, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . “I know she is going through as much pain as I am feeling,” Sandra Walker told WSB-TV of her... More »

Man Kills 11-Year-Old Nephew Showing Gun With Laser Sight

New Jersey boy shot dead during gun demonstration, police say

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy died this weekend when his uncle, showing off his gun collection, pointed a gun with a laser sight at the boy's head and pulled the trigger, Raw Story reports. The New Jersey fifth grader—identified by WNEP as Hunter Pederson—was visiting his grandfather's house... More »

Woman Plunges 150 Ft. in Fatal Zipline Fall

Hawaii accident may revive effort to legislate ziplines

(Newser) - A California woman who recently moved to Maui died Thursday morning when she plunged 150 feet from a zipline, Hawaii News Now reports. Rescuers struggled to find Patricia Rabellizsa, 29, among the vegetation, tree cover, and difficult terrain found in the area of Makawao. "Where the ziplines are, they... More »

2 Students Dead, 1 in Coma After Odd Mishaps

One teenager was chased by a pit bull into traffic

(Newser) - Three tragic incidents this week have left two young people dead and one in a medically induced coma—the latter because his testicles were squeezed as a prank. To start with a sad fatality:
  • Sixth-grader Alex Newsome died Friday while throwing batting practice at school in Wilmington, North Carolina, the
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Truck Apparently Didn't Brake Before Hitting Bus

Bus braked, swerved before horrific head-on collision

(Newser) - There's no sign that the FedEx truck involved in Thursday's horrific crash braked before hitting a bus carrying high school students to a college tour, according to NTSB investigators probing the accident. A spokesperson says the truck left the southbound lane "at a 10-degree angle from its... More »

Man Falls to His Death at Grand Canyon

Texas man fell 350 feet while visiting family

(Newser) - A trip to the Grand Canyon ended in heartbreak over the weekend: Park officials confirmed a Texas man fell to his death while visiting with his family. John N. Anderson fell off the rim of the canyon, plunging nearly 350 feet Saturday morning. When rescuers found Anderson, they performed CPR,... More »

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