WOODLAND PARK, CO – The Teller County Coroner’s Office has identified the remains found inside an abandoned cabin’s chimney as 18-year-old Joshua Maddux, who disappeared in 2008.
The remains were found last month by workers who were demolishing the cabin that has stood empty for almost 10 years. It took a month, but dental records were used to positively identify the body.
During a press conference announcing the identification, the coroner said there was no sign of foul play or trauma to the body and that it seems as if Maddux voluntarily climbed inside the chimney, probably to gain access to the inside of the cabin..
Maddux ran into serious trouble once he found that the chimney was equipped with a wood-burning stove that prevented him from getting inside the cabin. So, basically, the poor guy got himself stuck in a chimney and then died of dehydration – which can take three to four days.
I can imagine a handful of nightmare ways to die, and standing inside a chimney for days until dying of dehydration is definitely one of them.…
HOUSTON, TX — Police say 19-year-old Deleon Smith accidentally killed himself taking selfies while holding a gun.
The incident happened in an apartment on Tuesday as Smith and a cousin were taking pictures of themselves holding a gun they found, then posting the pics to social media.
While his cousin was in another room, Smith accidentally fired the gun while taking a selfie and shot himself in the throat. Police say they do not suspect foul play and have taken his cell phone as part of their investigation.
“It’s like still unbelievable,” said Smith’s grandmother. “Yesterday was my birthday. He came to wish me a happy birthday. And then to hear this kind of news. He was starting community college tomorrow.”
I would say that this young man was a perfect Darwin Award nominee, but he had two daughters, ages one and three.
Not surprisingly, Smith isn’t the only person on D’D to die while taking selfies. Last year, Oscar Otero Aguilar died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while posing with a gun for a Facebook picture.…
SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA – Three years ago we reported on the horrible death of Jose Melena, the Bumble Bee Foods employee who was accidentally cooked inside an industrial oven. Now the company has been ordered to pay $6 million to settle criminal charges.
Melena, a 62-year-old father of six, had been employed with the company for five years. One of his responsibilities was loading 54-inch by 36-foot ovens with 12 rolling metal baskets full of tuna cans. These ovens then sterilize the cans while also processing the tuna.
On Oct. 11, 2012, Melena was ordered by his supervisor to load one particular oven. According to a state regulator report, Melena entered the oven to make a repair or to adjust a chain inside the oven, leaving a pallet jack with the baskets outside the entrance.
While Melena was inside the oven a second employee, who thought Melena was in the bathroom, loaded the oven with the tuna and turned it on. When it was noticed that Melena was nowhere to be seen, an announcement was made over the intercom.…
Lewis was with Christopher Lynch, 21, and a man that she had just met, Clayton Webb Jr., 21, when they went to the home of a man selling a Ruger .22 caliber rifle that Webb was interested in purchasing.
The seller was not home, but he had left the rifle in his truck so they could check it out. According to Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Joel Fish, Lewis suggested they take a picture of the rifle.
Webb told officers that he didn’t realize that there was a magazine in the rifle, and everyone figured it out the hard way when he accidentally fired the rifle and hit Lewis in the chest as she was taking a picture of him. Lewis was rushed to a nearby hospital, but died before she could be flown to a Charlotte hospital.
No charges have been filed against Webb or Lynch at this time, but the sheriff’s office is continuing their investigation into the incident.…
HOUSTON, TX – Gonzalo Ramiro, 9, and Alvaro Ramiro, 6, both drowned when the zipped tent they were playing in somehow found its way into the family swimming pool.
Investigators said the boys were at home with their 12-year-old sister in the care of a nanny while their mother ran errands. When the mother returned home, she found the boys in the backyard pool.
The sister ran for help and located an officer who works security in the neighborhood and told him her brothers were drowning. He ran to the house and pulled one boy out of the water as the nanny pulled out the other.
The officer and the nanny performed CPR on the boys until paramedics arrived. They were both taken to Texas Children’s Hospital West campus where they were both pronounced dead.
Houston police and Harris County Child Protective Services are investigating the deaths, and how the tent ended up in the pool in the first place.
HCCPS spokeswoman Shari Pulliam advised parents to watch their children closely if they are playing near water to prevent shit like this from happening.…
According the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Collins was riding a commercial zero-turn mower when her son, 2-year-old Zayden Collins, ran towards her and slipped in the wet grass.
Collins tried to shut off the mower before her son’s right foot slid underneath it, but she wasn’t quick enough and the blades ended up amputating the poor kid’s foot approximately three inches above the ankle.
Zayden was flown to Tampa General Hospital First where doctors were not able to re-attach his foot, despite first responders packing it in ice. Zayden has undergone two surgeries as of Sunday, according to family members, and doctors are checking for any possible nerve damage.
“He’s in more pain [Sunday] than he was [Saturday], so they have some medication running through him to help him out,” said Zayden’s uncle, Christopher Littlepage.
Collins is suffering some backlash from the social media peanut gallery regarding her decision to leave Zayden unsupervised.…
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A 4-year-old girl died after she accidentally hanged herself with clothing while trying to reach for something in her room.
The girl was alone in her room when her mother and stepfather found her hanging by her neck from clothing that had been hanging on the back of a door. She was taken to Hackley Hospital in Muskegon but later air-lifted in critical condition to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.
Unfortunately, Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department said the girl died from her injuries on Tuesday.
“The investigation into this incident is ongoing,” Bennett said. “However, at this point, it does appear that the 4-year-old may have become entangled in clothing that was hanging from the back of a bedroom door. This may have occurred while the youngster was standing on a toy trying to reach an item up high.”
No charges have been filed at this time, but Bennett said detectives are still conducting interviews and analyzing evidence, and that a forensic autopsy will be performed within the next few days to find the exact cause of death.…
Grimes and two others were on a rope swing ride at the camp, a pendulum type swing that holds three people, when she somehow became disconnected from her harness and plummeted 100 feet to the ground.
Emergency personnel administered CPR, but the coroner’s office pronounced Grimes dead on the scene. The two other campers who were on the swing with Grimes were not harmed.
The camp, run by the Christian organization Young Life, stated the ride was being operated by two camp employees at the time of the incident, and they currently don’t know what went wrong. Terry Swenson of Young Life headquarters in Colorado Springs released the following statement.
“Safety is our highest priority at Young Life camps. For all rides at our camps (including the swings), we observe strict protocols regarding upkeep of equipment as well as safety training and operating procedures.
We have swings at 13 of our camps; all are currently closed as a measure of precaution and to ensure a safe experience for our campers.…
CALAIS, ME — Devon Staples was killed while celebrating Fourth of July with friends after he tried to launch a firework off the top of his head.
The 22-year-old was drinking with friends in the backyard of a home Saturday night, when he got the bright idea to launch a reloadable fireworks mortar tube from the top of his head.
Despite his friends’ warnings not to do something so goddamn stupid and irresponsible, Staples did it anyway. According to Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, Staples was killed instantly when the firework exploded.
Staples’ brother was only a few feet away when the firework exploded and said there was nothing they could do to help Staples afterwards.
“There was no rushing him to the hospital. There was no Devon left when I got there,” said Cody Staples.
Aside from the Darwin Award nomination, Staples is also the first fireworks fatality in Maine since they legalized them on Jan. 1, 2012. Until that day, fireworks had been illegal in Maine for over 50 years.…
ORANGE COUNTY, TX – Witnesses say 28-year-old Tommie Woodward jumped into alligator infested waters, purposely ignoring the warning signs, and was immediately killed by alligators.
The incident happened early Friday morning at Burkart’s Marina, where there are signs posted warning people not to swim in the bayou because of alligators.
Despite the signs and verbal warnings from others there, Woodward decided to take his chances with a late night swim.
After he removed his shirt and his wallet, someone shouted to him the danger of alligators being in the water. “Fuck the alligators!” Woodward allegedly shot back before jumping into the water.
“He almost immediately yelled for help,” Orange County Justice of the Peace Rodney Price said.
A marina employee, who knew Woodward and told him a 10-foot alligator had been spotted there, witnessed the attack and described what happened next.
“I saw his body floating face down. And then he’s out there for a couple of seconds and then he’s dragged back down. And then he comes back up still face down and then he gets pulled down again.…
On Friday night, Small was with friends drinking around a rock-lined fire pit in his backyard. By 2 a.m. Saturday, he was alone and somehow managed to fall into the fire.
Although he suffered serious burns to 60 percent of his body, Smalls didn’t think it was worth seeking medical treatment.
““Small managed to stagger into his home, refused medical attention and went to bed,” according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. His friends ended up calling an ambulance for him several hours later.
Small was taken to the Maine Medical Center in Portland before being transferred to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He would die there Sunday evening.
This brings up one of the most horrifying stories I have ever written on the site, from five years ago. It happened in Arizona where a 45-year-old man and his cousin were drinking while preparing a 3-foot deep fire pit to roast a pig.…
The teen was found by a passing motorist at around 6:40 a.m. Saturday at Stone N’ Counters South in Berkeley Township. According to Ocean County prosecutors, Marchiano was trying to walk between marble and granite slabs when a stone slab fell on top of him.
“Preliminarily, the way it looks, it was a tremendously tragic accident where the young fellow was trying to squeeze or walk between the two slabs and they became dislodged,” Al Della Fave. “Once it fell on him, no one was around to get it off.”
It’s not clear how long he’d been trapped under the stone slab before he was spotted and police were called. Marchiano was pronounced dead shortly after authorities arrived on scene.
The business, which is 10 minutes from the teen’s family home, was closed when the accident occurred, so it’s not clear why the teen was even at the site in the first place. …
WINTER GARDEN, FL – According to reports, 43-year-old David Rossman net a horrific end after he fell into a cardboard compactor while trying to clear a jam, and was subsequently crushed to death by the machine.
On Monday, Rossman was working at a Robert Wallick Associates, a recycling facility, when a machine that compacts cardboard became jammed. As Rossman tried to clear the jam, he fell in the machine and “got compacted in a stack of cardboard.”
The machine is 12 feet tall and you need to climb a ladder needed to reach the top. Several other employees were working at the time of the accident but none of them saw Rossman fall in. The machine was still running when his body was discovered.
Fire crews were called and were able to get Rossman out of the machine about 15 minutes later. According to Winter Garden police Lt. Scott Allen, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is now investigating and will determine if the business was following the appropriate safety measures.…
After Rogers finished eating at a Waffle House last week where he is a regular, he got into his 2007 Corvette with his dog, Leia.
What Rogers didn’t know was that a loose battery cable was the reason why his car would not start, and also why he was unable to unlock the doors or roll down the windows. Even worse, Rogers had accidentally left his phone in the restaurant.
Eventually another customer noticed Rogers unresponsive in the car and they, along with store employees, tried to get the doors open. Firefighters arrived and busted out a window, but by then it was too late. Both Rogers and his dog would die from heat exhaustion.
What makes this story so tragic is that had Rogers read the manual to his car, he would have known that the Corvette is equipped with a manual release on the driver’s side of the car that bypasses the battery and will unlock the doors.…
At around 9:45 Friday night, Lambert and some others were hanging out on the American River Bike Trail near Bannister Park, messing around with a handgun and a bulletproof vest.
At some point the group decided to test out the effectiveness of the vest, so 19-year-old Miguel Martinez agreed to put it on and allowed Lambert to shoot him. Their test results revealed the vest to be a tad lacking in the bulletproofing department.
“The bullet penetrated the top of his vest,” said Martinez’ brother, Tom Cline. “my brother was hit, my brother said he couldn’t breathe.”
Cline said that after the shooting, one girl ran for help while two guys tried carrying Martinez out of the woods. Police arrived on the scene but it was too late for Martinez, who would be pronounced dead at the hospital.
The sheriff’s department said the killing was unintentional but have charged Lambert with homicide and have booked him into Sacramento County Main Jail without bail.…
The incident happened at around 10:20 p.m. Friday while Chevelle were on stage. Kirchhoff, 24, and two of his friends were on the Aragon’s second-floor balcony when they went through a door that took them to a catwalk.
After watching the show for a bit from their new vantage point, Kirchoff’s friends noticed he was no longer with them. They went looking for him and found that he’d fallen about 6 to 8 feet and was impaled through the chest by two metal rods protruding from the floor.
Chevelle cut their performance short as first-responders arrived and attended to Kirchhoff., but he would be pronounced dead about 30 minutes later at Weiss Memorial Hospital.
The band would later post on their Facebook page, apologizing to their fans for cutting the show short and wishing Kirchoff a quick recovery.
“To our fans at the Chicago show: We are very sorry we had to end the show early.…
According to police, a boy woke up to noises and saw two faces looking through his window early Sunday morning.
Not realizing those faces belonged to two of his friends, the boy fired a shot from a gun he kept in his bedroom, striking Schulte in the head. The other boy was not injured, but Schulte would be pronounced dead at the hospital.
According to a statement by Billings Police Chief Rich St. John, Schulte and the boy who was with him were spending the night together and decided to pay their friend a visit at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
“It’s a tragedy,” said John. “We have to investigate at this point for what it is, but it’s a tragedy all around.”
No arrests have been made at this time, but investigators are meeting with the county attorney’s office to determine how to proceed.…
GILBERT, AZ– A 7-year-old girl was killed and a 14-year-old injured after a backyard swing set near a swimming pool collapsed.
Friends and family were gathered at a home Sunday morning where the two girls were outside playing on a swing that allows people to use a rope to swing into a nearby pool.
For reasons still unknown, the contraption snapped at its base. Both girls were struck by the swing, and both were knocked into the pool.
When firefighters arrived at the scene the owner of the home, a doctor, had pulled the 7-year-old from the water and was performing CPR.
The girl died from head injuries as she was being airlifted to Children’s Phoenix Hospital. The 14-year-old was taken to the hospital in critical condition where she underwent surgery for shoulder and head injuries. She is expected to survive.
Neither of the two girls lived at the home and they were not related. According to authorities, adults were present and the incident appears to be a very unfortunate accident.…