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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

5 Kids Headed to Disney World Killed in Crash

Two adults also were killed on Florida highway

(Newser) - Details are emerging about a crash on a Florida highway that killed seven people, and one is especially wrenching: Five of those killed Thursday afternoon were kids headed to Disney World, reports the AP . The children had been in a church van that was caught in a fiery pileup involving... More »

Driver Who Hit Kids: I Didn't Know It Was a School Bus

Alyssa Shepherd saw flashing lights, but not the children until it was too late

(Newser) - The 24-year-old driver who struck and killed three young siblings crossing a rural Indiana road to their school bus told police that she saw flashing lights but didn't realize they were from a stopped school bus until it was too late, reports ABC News . The Tuesday crash occurred before... More »

Good Samaritan Hit, Killed by Driver Who Then Steals His Car

Dhimitri Andoni had stopped to help after another driver spun out

(Newser) - When Dhimitri Andoni saw a vehicle swerve and then get stuck on the I-275 median Thursday night in St. Petersburg, Fla., he pulled over to the shoulder to help. But the 22-year-old good Samaritan ended up dead after his good deed, his car stolen by the same person who allegedly... More »

7 of 8 People Killed in Head-On Crash Were Related

They died when driver veered into wrong lane

(Newser) - A family in Washington state is mourning seven family members—including five children—who died in a horrific crash while on their way to Las Vegas for an end-of-summer trip. Police say the seven died near Burns, Ore., when the driver of a 1999 Toyota 4Runner crossed the center line... More »

'Everybody Does It,' Says Teen Who Livestreamed Fatal Crash

Obdulia Sanchez didn't stop filming even after her sister was dead

(Newser) - A central California teenager who livestreamed a crash that killed her younger sister says all of her friends film while driving. "We do it all the time—all the time. Trust me, it's like a reflex," Obdulia Sanchez told CBS Fresno in a phone call from jail.... More »

Mom Discovers Crash Site, Realizes Son Is Dead

'You never think it's going to be you'

(Newser) - There was no heartbreaking visit from police. Instead, Nicole Bahret learned of the death of her son when she unknowingly came upon the scene of the crash in which he'd died. While driving home from running errands in Forsyth County, Ga., Bahret immediately recognized one of three vehicles at... More »

Cops: Teen Driver Livestreamed Crash That Killed Little Sister

Obdulia Sanchez is charged in accident

(Newser) - An 18-year-old in California faces charges of vehicular manslaughter in a crash that killed her younger sister—and a key piece of evidence against her may be an Instagram video she was livestreaming before, during, and after the crash, reports KFSN . Police also accused Obdulia Sanchez of drunk driving. The... More »

Venus Williams Granted Emergency Order in Crash Suit

Judge temporarily blocked inspection of car involved in the crash

(Newser) - Venus Williams is set to take on Japan's Naomi Osaka at Wimbledon Friday, but she's already scored a tiny win in a different kind of court. A Palm Beach County judge on Wednesday granted an emergency request by Williams' attorney to temporarily block an inspection of a car... More »

20% of Kids Killed in Car Crashes Weren't Properly Restrained

Correctly restraining kids in cars could save 232 lives every year

(Newser) - A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found ensuring children under 15 are properly restrained—or wearing seat belts at all—could save about 232 lives every year. Researchers found 20% of children who died in fatal car crashes between 2010 and 2014 weren't buckled in or... More »

Seconds Into Facebook Live Video, a Deadly Crash

2 Pennsylvania teens died at the scene

(Newser) - For a few seconds, a light illuminated Brooke Hughes' face. "Are you going live?" a voice asked, but Hughes didn't have time to respond. With the sound of squealing tires, the Facebook Live video went dark after midnight on Tuesday, reports the Scranton Times-Tribune . By the time a... More »

Mia Farrow's Son Killed Himself: Officials

Thaddeus was adopted from India in 1994

(Newser) - Mia Farrow's 27-year-old son, Thaddeus Wilk Farrow, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Connecticut Office of Chief Medical Examiner tells People . Police earlier said Thaddeus was found in his car suffering a life-threatening injury on Route 67 around 12:45pm Wednesday; the cause of death was previously... More »

3 Days After Crash Kills Girlfriend, Man Crawls From Wreck

Kevin Bell, 39, finally escaped his SUV and sought help

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man seriously injured in a crash that killed his girlfriend was trapped in the SUV with her body for three days before he was able to crawl from the wreckage and seek help, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer . Kevin Bell, 39, lost control of his Ford Explorer on a... More »

Cornhuskers Mourn Death of Punter in Crash

A former Michigan punter also died

(Newser) - The University of Nebraska community and Husker football fans are mourning the loss of punter Sam Foltz, who died Saturday night in a single-car crash. "All of the University of Nebraska is heartbroken. I don't know what else to say," Ronnie Green, chancellor of the university's... 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 Driver Who Killed Bicyclist Was Very High

John Marshall was 7 times over the legal limit in 2 states that let people smoke it

(Newser) - A car crash in Hinesburg, Vt., in April left the teen driver of the car, as well as the 47-year-old bicyclist he hit, dead. Now, a police report indicates that 17-year-old Joseph Marshall had marijuana in his system, and apparently a lot of it, reports the Burlington Free Press . The... More »

Mom Killed After Pushing Daughter to Safety

St. Louis woman struck by vehicle in Walgreens parking lot

(Newser) - A 33-year-old woman was killed in a freak accident in a Walgreens parking lot, but authorities say she managed to push her 10-year-old daughter to safety first, reports KSDK-TV . Colleen Segbers died yesterday when an SUV accelerated suddenly and pinned her against a pillar. Police say the 58-year-old driver of... More »

GM Was Mum on Cause of Fatal Crashes: Documents

'NYT:' Automaker may have dodged questions about deadly defect

(Newser) - On the eve of a Senate appearance in which General Motors will be further scrutinized by lawmakers, the New York Times reveals that documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show GM may have been less than forthcoming when asked about the deadly ignition defect. So-called "death inquiries"... More »

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