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hammer windshieldMESA, AZ – Brett Benavides, 42, has been charged after a hammer flew from his hand while vandalizing his girlfriends car, and  fatally struck a man in the forehead.

Court documents say Benavides was losing his shit in an apartment complex parking lot, using a hammer to smash in the windshield of his girlfriend’s car.

At some point during Benavides’ dumbassery, he lost his grip on the hammer and it went flying through the air, hitting Steven Melcher in the forehead as he stood on his porch just feet away.

Melcher was taken to the hospital for his head injury, but developed a brain bleed and fell into a coma. He was taken off life support two days later.

“It just really hurts, I feel empty,” said Melcher’s wife of 25 years. “All I know is I want justice,” she said.

Dunno if she will get it, but police have arrested Benavides and have charged him with manslaughter.

One of the reasons why I posted this article, aside from the ridiculous way Mr. Melcher was killed, was to post the following news report on the incident. It includes a reporter demonstrating how someone can use a hammer to smash a car windshield.

It’s pretty ridiculous.

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  • SayAnything

    Le link?

  • Kathy

    I hate he had to die due to this idiot being stupid. Morbid is right though, the reporter is rather rediculous repeating the actions like no one could figure it out. He then thanks the junk yard for letting him do it. Wow………….talk about needlessly taking out another windshield.

  • Texas Ranger

    This made me think of the Vette getting tore up to Hell in The Big Lebowski. Funny shit. Oh yeah…”Shut The Fuck Up Donny.”

  • Nikki

    Lmfao the video is awesome I think I may even have to watch it again! Thag gave me a good laugh for the day!! As for this poor guy..what a final destination way to go…at least he didn’t feel any pain tho… Although as for the dumb ass thag did it…you’re supposed to make sure no one is watching…but not knock them the fuck out if they are!! Idiot lol!! This is like something that would happen to dumb and dumber!!

  • King A sshole

    If you’re going to be dumb, you gotta be tough… this reporter has future Dreamin Demon dumbass of the year written all over him.

  • AD Fkin Ate

    The video is fucking epic

  • itsknotme

    First, it was NASA’s rocket. Then, it’s Virgin’s Spaceship. Now this! I just can’t believe it. The research into killings bugs from a non-moving car will be set back for years.

  • Malodorous

    That news report is genius. All it’s really missing is an appropriate clip from “U Can’t Touch This” playing at the right moment. I’m sure the internet will pull though like it usually does and correct this oversight.

  • Buffettgirl

    I wonder if Mr. Melcher saw that coming???

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  • JohnQknowitall

    Am I the only one who noticed the resemblance of the hammer crazed boyfriend and Fabio?

  • Sejanus

    Lock the dillweed up and strap him to a chair.
    Then in comes the victims wife with a 28 oz Estwing roofing badboy, and let her tenderize him for about 8 hours.

    As for the reporter….*shakes head looking at the ground*…over acting drama friggin queen.
    He is so proud of this report and his plug for the wrecking yard.

  • Stanley_Ipkiss

    This is what happens when you fuck a person in the ass Donny!

  • brittney

    well that’s my dad, he’s not a bad guy. some times an idiot yes but, everyone saying he should die for an accident is pretty messed up.

    he’s the father of 6 kids,

    my heart goes out to that poor lady who lost her husband.
    that Fabio comment was great. lol

  • Stanley_Ipkiss

    It does kind of suck all round. I dont hate your dad for this, like you say it does appear to have been a complete accident but if he had have kept his cool and not been smashing a car up with a hammer in the first place then none of this would have happened. There has to be a punishment but I feel this was more stupidity than anything else. People are emotional creatures, we get angry and we do stupid shit..it just usually doesnt result in someone elses death.

  • Der Mac

    What rocks do you have to look under to find the morally-vacant creatures with the cheesy voices to operate such a sensationalist news outlet? Blah.

    Oh, Arizona media students from LA. Got ya…

  • GemGirl7

    Wouldn’t involuntary manslaughter be more fitting? It sucks that an innocent bystander died because of someone else’s relationship issues, but it’s not like there was any malice or intentional harm done here. Punish his stupidity, yes, but don’t add to it by making this out to be something it’s not. I feel bad for both parties.

  • GradientDescent

    Is it asking too much that the reporter also show – specifically – how a hammer blow leads to a “brain bleed”? I think not.

  • Mike Hunt

    When high school drama club members become news reporters

  • Jessie

    I think he was intentionally committing another horrible crime when this one happened. I like manslaughter a lot. If his girlfriend had walked out I’m sure he would’ve used the hammer on her too.

  • t0ofIy

    that was a sad news report

  • Eyam Ova-Urazis

    Don’t sweat the people saying he should die. It’s just the nature of this site. We’re some cold-hearted assholes around here. It sounds like your dad just made a stupid mistake. Hopefully he wises up and gets away from the girlfriend. That’s definitely what I’d call a toxic relationship if he’s busting out her windows.

  • brittney

    Yea, he tends to get into bad relationships. He has quite the temper, but he would never kill anyone on purpose. His girlfriend is the one paying for his lawyer. She’s been very helpful in keeping us updated. The man was taken off life support after three days, it’s sad that money has to be an issue for a life. The whole ordeal is just so shocking and tragic.

  • brittney

    Vandalizing and murder are two different things. Just because you vandalize doesn’t mean you’d commit murder.

  • Parker

    I love you guys. <3