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DOT in 'Crisis' Mode Over New Stats on Road Fatalities

They've hit a 15-year high, with more than 20K dead in US during first half of 2021

(Newser) - With more people back in schools and offices, that means there are more people on the road. But time stuck at home apparently hasn't done any favors for our driving skills, based on new stats from the Department of Transportation that show the highest number of traffic fatalities in...

As We Get Back Behind the Wheel, a 'Terrible Situation'

8 states saw at least a 30% increase in driving deaths in first half of 2021

(Newser) - We're still in the midst of a pandemic, but over the past year, more of us headed back to in-person work, school, and other activities, meaning more of us were again driving. New data from two major safety groups, however, show that we could use some refresher courses behind...

Families of 20 Victims Describe Their Agony to Limo Operator

Defendant avoids prison after listening to angry relatives talk about their loss

(Newser) - The operator of a limousine company was spared prison time Thursday in a 2018 crash that killed 20 people when catastrophic brake failure sent a stretch limo full of birthday revelers hurtling down a hill in upstate New York. Loved ones of the dead excoriated Nauman Hussain, 31, as he...

Cops: He Intentionally Drove Into Big Rig, With 4 Kids in Tow

Cesar Iban Torres, charged with girlfriend's murder, reportedly claimed God spoke to him

(Newser) - A California man was trying to kill his girlfriend and four children when he drove his SUV into a tractor-trailer on a freeway Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. The female passenger was killed, though the four children, ages 1 to 7, survived with moderate...

Pedestrian's Glasses Found in State AG's Car After Fatal Crash

Jason Ravnsborg now facing possible impeachment in South Dakota

(Newser) - "His face was in your windshield, Jason." That was among the commentary that South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg had to contend with during two interviews with law enforcement days after the Sept. 12 crash in which he struck and killed a pedestrian. Gov. Kristi Noem released videos...

State AG Hit With Charges in Deadly Crash

Jason Ravnsborg charged with 3 misdemeanors after hitting pedestrian Joseph Boever

(Newser) - South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg will see three misdemeanor charges, not felony ones, after he hit and killed pedestrian Joseph Boever, 55, in September. Ravnsborg said he initially thought he'd hit a deer on a dark rural road, but he didn't find one in a search; when...

At Least 5 Dead in Massive Crash Pileup

About 100 vehicles were involved on icy highway near Fort Worth, Texas

(Newser) - An icy highway in Texas is being blamed for a massive pileup of vehicles Thursday that has left at least five dead, reports the Fort Worth Star Telegram . The toll could grow: Authorities were still searching vehicle by vehicle for trapped drivers and passengers, and several of the approximately three...

Cops: Man on the Run Smashes Into Car, Kills Mom, 2 Kids

Amanda Chatman, 24, died in Tennessee crash, along with 3- and 4-year-old sons

(Newser) - A man fleeing Tennessee state troopers sped into a city intersection and slammed his truck into a car, killing a mother and her two young children, authorities said. The Tennessee Highway Patrol was chasing a truck driven by Michael Don Shepherd around 8am on Tuesday morning when Shepherd sped into...

Deputy Who Had One More Shift Before Retirement Killed

Fleeing suspect struck Cpl. Brian LaVigne's cruiser in Florida, per sheriff's office

(Newser) - A Florida sheriff's deputy had one full shift to complete before retirement when he was killed on duty Monday. Cpl. Brian LaVigne had been called to assist fellow Hillsborough County deputies in apprehending a fleeing suspect when that suspect rammed LaVigne's cruiser, Sheriff Chad Chronister said . Deputies were...

'Beyond Reckless' Driver Cuts Short Lives of 4 Teens

Tragedy in Yonkers

(Newser) - "I thought there was a shooting, and then realized it was a crash." So said a witness to a deadly and ear-piercing car crash in Yonkers, New York, Tuesday night, in which a speeding driver slammed into a sedan so forcefully it split the car in two. Inside...

Video Allegedly Shows Driver Drinking Before Fatal Crash

Texas' Camilo Morejon charged in crash that killed his 3 passengers

(Newser) - A fatal crash in Houston is making headlines because of video from one of the vehicles taken just before the collision. It appears to show the driver drinking a beer and telling his three passengers that he drives better when he drinks, reports NBC News . The Facebook Live video of...

Family of Man Killed by SD AG: 'A Deer Doesn't Look Like a Human'

Jason Ravnsborg reported hitting a deer, but 'I didn't see what I hit'

(Newser) - South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg says he only learned he'd killed a man when he came upon the body several hours after reporting a collision late Saturday. Joe Boever, 55, was struck and killed while walking along Highway 14 west of Highmore around 10:30pm. Ravnsborg, who was...

2 Pickup Trucks Collide, Killing 7
2 Pickup Trucks
Collide, Killing 7

2 Pickup Trucks Collide, Killing 7

Crash happened in Colorado on Friday afternoon

(Newser) - A fiery crash in Colorado Friday afternoon has left seven dead and one person with serious injuries. Per a Colorado State Patrol release cited by KDVR , the accident took place around 4:30pm along US Highway 40, between Kit Carson and Hugo. CSP reports that a white Ford F-150 pickup...

Ink Master Star Arrested After Crash Kills YouTuber

Daniel Silva faces murder charge in La Barrie death

(Newser) - The future is looking extremely dark for celebrity tattooist Daniel Silva, who has been arrested for murder in connection with a Sunday night car crash. Silva, 27, was allegedly speeding through a Los Angeles neighborhood in a new McLaren sports car Sunday night when he crashed into a stop sign...

Driver Accused of Taunting Dying Cop: Look at My Car

Australia's Richard Pusey complained about damage to Porsche, left scene, say police

(Newser) - As an Australian police officer lay dying after being struck by a vehicle on the side of a highway, her body camera recorded a man coming over to her, reports the BBC . But it wasn't to offer help or a sympathetic word. Instead, say prosecutors, it was to taunt...

They Came Upon a Crash. The Next One Was Worse

3 professional Frisbee players dead in Michigan

(Newser) - The tight-knit community of Ultimate Frisbee is in mourning after three professional players suffered fatal injuries in a car crash in Michigan over the weekend. Kevin Coulter, 29; Andrew Piet, 28; and Michael Cannon, 24—all members of the Detroit Mechanix, which is to begin its season in the 22-team...

He Showed Up at Beer Garden Barefoot, With a Corpse: Cops

Paul Joseph Garcia allegedly struck pedestrian who went through his windshield

(Newser) - A drunk driver fatally struck a pedestrian, who went through the windshield and into the passenger seat, before driving on with the body to a beer garden, according to police in Texas. Officers in South Austin responded to witness reports of a car driving recklessly without headlights on around 10:...

Dad Dies Trying to Spare His Daughter an Awful Sight

Andrew Rosas, 50, was hit by car as he tried to get her dead cat out of the road

(Newser) - Authorities say a Michigan man was fatally struck by a car while trying to remove his daughter's dead cat from a roadway before she saw it. Saginaw County sheriff's officials say 50-year-old Andrew Rosas of Merrill was struck before sunrise Tuesday by a woman who was driving to...

5 Children Ejected From Vehicle in Tragic Accident

All five of them died in single-car Maryland crash

(Newser) - Tragedy struck in Maryland Saturday when five children died in a horrifying single-car accident, NBC News reports. A 2005 Chrysler Pacifica went off the road and smashed into several trees, ejecting all five children from the vehicle. "Every collision where we lose life is a tragedy," says a...

Ominous New Stat on Opioid Deaths Released

Americans have greater chance of dying of an overdose than in a car crash

(Newser) - It's no secret that opioid deaths are rising in the US, but a new statistic brings home the danger. For the first time, Americans now have a greater chance of dying from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash, reports USA Today . The stat comes from...

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