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VIERA, FL – An elderly man died after hitting a fire hydrant and then getting sucked into a hole made by the rushing water.

The freak accident happened on Wednesday after 89-year-old Robert Dreyer accidentally hit a fire hydrant on the side of the road.

Police say the collision was minor, but the impact caused water to spew from the hydrant.

Witnesses said Dreyer appeared unhurt when he got out of his car, but the ground had given way because of the rushing water and he dropped straight down into a 5-foot-deep, watery grave.

“There was a divot in the space where the fire hydrant used to be and right adjacent to his driver’s door,” said Channing Taylor with the Florida Highway Patrol. “He fell into that divot”

Witnesses pulled Dreyer out of the water moments later, but he would be pronounced dead after being transported to Viera Hospital. It was his 89th birthday.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are investigating the incident.

ATLANTA, GA – A 5-year-old boy died after he was crushed to death by a revolving restaurant in Atlanta.

The tragic incident happened Friday night as Charlie Holt and his parents were eating lunch at the Sun Dial, a 73-story restaurant at the top of Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel that rotates 360-degrees.

According to police, the boy wandered about five feet from his parents’ table when he got stuck between a rotating portion of the floor and a wall, a space of only about 4 to 5 inches.

“His whole body was caught between four to five inches of space.” Atlanta police Sgt. Warren Pickard said. “His head took the brunt of the injury.”

The floor automatically cut off and staff, along with patrons at the restaurant, immediately tried everything they could to save Charlie.

“The amount of people who were helping was amazing,” Pickard said. “They were moving furniture, they were pulling chairs — chairs that were bolted to the floor — they were pulling them up to try to get the child out.”

First-responders were on the scene within minutes, but Charlie was already unresponsive.…

ATLANTA, GA – A 13-year-old boy has died after he accidentally shot himself while filming on Instagram Live.

Malachi Hemphill, 13, had just returned to his room when his mother and sister heard a loud bang. When they ran upstairs to investigate, they found the teen had accidentally shot himself.

“We kicked in the door. We found him just laying there in a pool of blood,” said his mother, Shaniqua Stephens. “My daughter screamed and said, ‘Mom turn his phone off!’ As I proceeded to look at his phone he was on Instagram Live.”

Hemphill was rushed to the hospital where he would be pronounced dead. Turns out Hemphill was live on Instagram while handling a gun when someone watching asked why he didn’t have a clip in the gun.

“As he put the clip in the gun, that is when the gun went off,” said Stephens.

Police are now trying to find out where the teen got the gun. Stephens heard he got the gun from a friend who got it from someone else.…

ALMERIA, SPAIN – Three people, including two children, were burned to death inside a cave after a teen set a fire at the opening of the cave and turned it into a chimney.

I normally don’t post horrible stories from around the globe, but this one out of Spain was too horrific and unique to not report on.

Here’s what I can gather from DailyMail’s incorrect details, as well as Google translating local reports of the incident.

In the mountains of the northern part of Almeria, there is a limestone cave that young people use as a hideout where young people often go to drink, smoke and listen to music. At around 8 p.m. Monday night, 21-year-old Alejandro P., a 17-year-old boy and two girls aged 14 and 12-years-old were inside the cave.

Another group of teens arrived and wanted to go inside the cave as well, but were denied entry. A 17-year-old with a history of setting fires was not happy about the rejection and set fire to a couch at the mouth of the cave to flush the others out.…

BARRINGTON, RI – Two 97-year-old twin sisters froze to death Saturday after they both fell outside and were stranded overnight in freezing temperatures.

Martha Williams and her twin sister, Jean Haley, had returned to Haley’s home Friday night after having dinner with their 89-year-old sister.

Investigators say that as Williams was leaving Haley’s home, she fell in the driveway near the rear of her car. Haley saw what happened and went to go inside her home and call for help, but fell inside her garage.

“At this time investigators believe that foul play was not involved and Ms. Williams may have fallen in the driveway walking to her car. Ms. Haley may have tripped on a rug on the floor of the garage as she attempted to enter her house to call for assistance,” Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said in a statement.

Both women remained where they fell, enduring overnight temperatures that dropped to as low as 11 degrees, with wind chills as low as minus 8. They were not found until the next morning when a neighbor found them and called 911.…

Yasmeen BanderasAMARILLO, TX – A father accidentally killed four of his eight children after he incorrectly used professional-grade pesticide underneath the family’s home.

Peter Balderas was trying to get rid of mice when he placed pellets known as Weevil-Cide under the house. This pesticide contains aluminum phosphide is to be placed by two fully trained professionals at a time.

This product is normally used industrially in ship hulls or other large areas, and is strictly prohibited on single and multi-family residential properties. When neighbors began to complain about the smell of the pesticide, Peter used a water hose to spray the pellets in hopes of dampening the smell.

While I’m not sure if that worked, what is known is that when the water mixed with the pellets, phosphine gas was created and slowly leaked into the home that the family breathed in over the course of two days. On Monday, police were called after someone who stopped by to see the family saw that everyone was sick.

When responders arrived, one child was already dead.…

DES MOINES, IA — A man in Iowa has died at a gym after he dropped a 315-pound barbell on his neck.

According to the Elite Edge Transformation Center, the accident happened in their gym Monday morning as 22-year-old Kyle Thomson was bench pressing.

The barbell slipped from his grasp and, despite there being spotters present, the barbell fell and crushed his neck. Thomson was taken to the hospital where he later died from severe internal injuries.

Joe Brammer, owner of Elite Edge Transformation Center, said Thompson was working out as part of their Warriors advanced training program when the accident happened. He also said there was spotter assisting Thompson at the time.

“This is a difficult and painful time, and our thoughts are with the member’s family. Grief counselors are meeting with staff and gym members over the next couple of days. We would ask that you keep his family in your prayers,” said Brammer.

Thompson was a student at Iowa State University, and a former student at East High School where he was captain of the football team and selected as MVP during the baseball season of his senior year.…

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Police have charged a man after an unmanned construction truck rolled down a hill and killed a 5-year-old boy standing in his driveway.

The incident happened the day after Christmas in a subdivision that is still in the process of being built. An unmanned truck that was being loaded with dirt “became loose and rolled down the hill,” said Hillsborough spokeswoman Catherine Wright.

The truck rolled down a hill, snapped overhead power lines, and through several yards before crashing into the side of a house.

Several children were playing soccer in the driveway of the home before it was hit, and 5-year-old William Copeland was unable to get out of the way. He was struck by the truck and died from his injuries.

Police determined Alejandro Suarez was responsible for the truck and ensuring it was properly secured, and charged him with misdemeanor death by vehicle. He was booked into the Orange County Jail on a $10,000 secured bond.

“We will also be following up the investigation, looking at the mechanical condition of the vehicle and confirming all of the working relationships, regarding specifically which company the crew was working for,” said Hillsborough Police Chief Duane Hampton.…

JOHNSTOWN, PA – A 5-month-old baby starved to death in a bassinet after her parents both died of heroin overdoses.

Police were called to the home of a couple after someone went inside to check on the family that had not been seen or heard from in a week.

Once inside, they found 27-year-old Jason Chambers and 19-year-old Chelsea Cardaro dead from heroin overdoses. Chambers was on the first floor while Cardaro was found in a second-floor bathroom.

But they got off lucky compared to their 5-month-old daughter, Summer Chambers. She was found dead in a bassinet after suffering “three to four days” of dehydration and starvation.

Officials believe the family has been dead for a week. Neighbors last saw the family Dec. 11, and thought they had taken a planned trip to New York.

“It’s an unfortunate incident where they both possibly overdosed at the same time – and being from out of town, not having anybody in town,” said Johnstown police Capt. Chad Miller. “It was too long for anybody to notice that they were missing.”

This isn’t the first time police had been to the home on an overdose call.…

SADDLE BROOK, NJ – A couple had to make the tough decision to take their 3-month-old off of life support after being dropped on his head by a babysitter.

Police say Reece Modzelewski was being watched by a female family member on Tuesday when she accidentally dropped him on his head.

When police arrived at the home, Reece was unconscious and unresponsive. He was rushed to the hospital where he was put on life support.

Following his hospitalization, Reece’s father, 32-year-old Mark Modzelewski, posted on Facebook:

My little baby boy is dying and there’s nothing I can do to help or comfort him,’ Mark Modzelewski wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday. ‘I don’t know if he can hear, see, taste or touch anymore. My heart has been torn out of my chest.

A second of misfortune will turn into a lifetime of pain as is the case with most tragedies. The fact that this happening so close to Christmas and right between both of our birthdays will only make it more difficult.

LAKE DELTON, WI – A Florida teen on vacation in Wisconsin died after trying to sled down a snow-covered water-slide.

The teen, 16-year-old Addison Williams, was with his brother and a friend Wednesday night when they  trespassed into a fenced-off area of Water and Theme Park.

The three boys climbed to the top of an 85-foot tall, snow-covered slide with intentions of sledding down it.

Two of the boys came to their senses and decided it was too dangerous, but Williams decided to go through with it.

He made it halfway down before his sled got stuck in the snow. As Williams tried freeing the sled, he fell over the side of the slide and died when he hit the ground 35-feet below.

According to Lake Delton Police Chief Daniel Hardman, the family were vacationing in the area to see snow. They were staying in a hotel near the park and were on the scene shortly after it happened.

The owner of the park said the fence and other safety measures were put in place for a reason, and there’s nothing more he could have done to prevent the boys from getting in.…

WHITTIER, CA – One woman is dead and a child is in critical condition after a tree fell on them as they posed for wedding pictures.

It happened Saturday afternoon at Whittier’s Penn Park as a bridal party had gathered near a 100-foot eucalyptus tree to take a group photo.

For reasons currently being investigated, the tree fell over and trapped up to 20 people. One person, currently being reported as the mother of the bride, was killed.

Gilbert Duran posted on Facebook that he helped pull the woman from under the tree, saying he was pretty sure she was already dead.

“They’re taking pictures under this tree and all of a sudden it jut collapsed,” Duran said. “We just watched some little kids go flat underneath that tree.”

Five other people suffered minor and moderate injuries, including a 4-year-old girl who was reportedly in critical condition due to a head injury.

Why the tree fell is unknown at this time, but officials said it probably the California drought could have weakened the 50-year-old tree.…

RUSSIA – A mother of two died while working at a confectionery plant after she fell into a vat of molten chocolate and was “minced” by the in the metal machinery.

According to reports, 24-year-old Svetlana Roslina was either pouring ingredients into the vat of molten chocolate when she fell in, or was trying to retrieve a dropped cell phone.

Either way, Roslina ended up falling inside the vat and was unable to get out. The poor woman ended up caught in the machinery inside the vat that keeps the chocolate agitated. The result was a very violent death.

“She was minced, only her legs were left,” said one local source at the Sergiev-Posad confectionery plant.

Police are currently investigating the accident.

Roslina isn’t the only person we’ve reported on who died after falling into a vat of chocolate. Back in 2009, Vincent Smith II died after he fell into a vat of chocolate and was pinned down by a giant paddle-like agitator.

So now we will add a second “drowned in chocolate” on our list of horrible ways people have died at work.…

Boy, 12, Dies After Being Buried In Snow Bank

December 14, 2016 at 7:35 am by  

GREENWICH, NY – A 12-year-old boy has died after he and a friend were buried in a snow bank while building a fort in the snow.

The incident happened Tuesday afternoon as the boy played in the snow on a dead end street where a public works truck plowed snow in the area.

When the boys failed to return home, 911 was called and police arrived on the scene. A K-9 would find a sled near the mound of snow, prompting search crews to start digging.

“There was probably a dozen-and-a-half men with shovels and bare hand digging, and I think they moved – with no exaggeration – seven tons of hard packed snow in about 10 minutes time,” said Greenwich-Cambridge Police Chief George Bell.

One boy was found unresponsive and rushed to Saratoga Hospital where he would be pronounced dead. The second boy was found an hour later and, surprisingly, was alert and responsive. He was taken to the hospital and is talking.

At this time it is not known if the snow fort the children were building collapsed on top of them, or if they were buried by the snow plow (or both).…

LYNN, AR – It’s been awhile since we have reported on an incident like this, but an 8-year-old boy in Arkansas died after a tombstone fell on top of him.

According to Detective Jaime White of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened on Saturday as the boy was attending a birthday party at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

The boy was climbing on a headstone shaped like a tree stump, dated 1906, when it came loose and fell on top of the boy. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Jeff Nely, the church’s pastor, called the boy a “rambunctious young man” who was “full of life” and says church members are planning to help the family financially in some way.

“Just trying to love them and let them know that we support them and trying to comfort them and give peace as best we can,” said Neely.

This is the fourth tombstone related death we have reported on that I remember.

In 2012, a 4-year-old boy in Utah died after a headstone fell on top of him while he played in a graveyard, and a 4-year-old girl in North Carolina died the same way.…

ibanez-and-scyleeNEW YORK, NY – Two baby sisters were scalded to death after a radiator busted inside the room where they were napping.

The tragic incident happened on Wednesday after the sisters, Ibanez, 2, and Scylee, 1, were put down for a nap by their father inside a New York homeless shelter.

When their mother returned home an hour later, she went in to check on the girls and made a horrifying discovery. It seems as if a valve on the radiator busted, filling the room with scalding hot steam, causing horrific burns to the girls’ faces and chests.

Witnesses say the girls’ parents, Danielle and Peter Ambrose, ran screaming into the street carrying their children. The girls were rushed to the hospital suffering burns to 70 percent of their bodies, but were unable to be saved.

I’ve been reading a handful of sites reporting on the parents’ history of drug addiction, homelessness and history with child welfare. While the articles themselves don’t blame the parents for their daughters’ horrific death, this info hasn’t stopped the people commenting on the articles from doing so.…

thanksgivingANTIOCH, CA – Three people have died and five others fell ill after eating a Thanksgiving dinner at the American Legion Hall in Antioch.

Around 385 people ate at the dinner Thursday, a dinner normally for senior citizens, homeless and others who would be alone for Thanksgiving.

Afterwards, eight members of the same family were admitted into the hospital the following two days displaying signs of a food-borne illness.

Three of the patients have since died, four were treated and released and one is still in the hospital, officials said.

To be clear, there is currently no proof that the Thanksgiving meal is connected to the food-borne illness. The victims all being the members of the same family, along with the number of people who ate the meal and did not get sick, certainly raises questions.

However, Veteran Esidor Alviar ate at the dinner and said he became sick later that night.

“It was a nice dinner, turkey, stuffing, cranberries and coffee,” Alviar said. “About one o’clock in the morning, I had cramps and a terrible stomachache.…

johnthony-walkerCHATTANOOGA, TN – Police have arrested the driver of a school bus that flipped over, slammed into a tree and killed five children.

On Monday afternoon, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker was transporting 37 students from Woodmore Elementary School when he lost control of the bus. The buss flipped on to its side and crashed into a tree, splitting it apart.

Five children died at the scene, six were critically injured, six were admitted to the hospital and 20 were treated and released by local hospitals.

What caused the accident is still being investigated, one of the children on the bus said they were going “real fast” before the accident occurred.

“He was going real fast and he hit a garbage bag,” the boy said. “And we then hit a mailbox, then we flipped over and hit a tree real hard.”

Police Chief Fred Fletcher said speed is being investigated ‘very, very strongly’ and that a warrant has been issued to remove the informational box on the school bus and review the video to help determined what happened.…


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