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.…
YUMA, AZ – Well here’s a story to start off your day. Two 18-month-old twins drowned in a canal after their mother let go of their stroller to fend off a bee.
Alexis Keslar was pushing her twin sons, Silas and Eli Keslar, along a canal Friday when she let go of the stroller’s handle to swat at a bee. This caused the stroller to roll away from her and into the canal.
Keslar immediately jumped in to try and save her sons, who were both belted into the stroller, but the strong current washed the stroller away from her. She managed to climb back out an called for help.
Even after the canal’s water level was lowered and the flow reduced, it still took emergency workers an hour to find the boys. They were flown to the hospital where they were both pronounced dead.
According to Lt. Don Willits, the incident has been determined to be an accident and no charges are expected to be filed.
Yuma police said the paths along the canal are popular with joggers and bicyclists, adding that people often underestimate the speed of the canal’s current and how deep the water can be.…
CLEVELAND, OH – Police have charged Michelle Schwab with misdemeanor child endangerment after her 2-year-old fell 10 feet into the cheetah exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
The incident happened over the weekend as the 38-year-old mother of three was holding a small child in one arm and her 2-year-old in the other while at the zoo’s cheetah attraction.
Somehow the boy slipped from her arms and ended up falling around 10 feet over a protective railing, landing into the cheetah’s den. The cheetahs never approached the boy after he landed, nor did they approach when Schwab and her husband jumped in to retrieve him. The boy was taken to the hospital to treat a leg injury.
Charges were filed against Schwab after several witnesses told investigators they saw the child being held over the railing of the exhibit. If she’s convicted, she faces six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, Schwab may also be unemployed. She was the assistant director at the Sawmill Road KinderCare in Columbus, but communications coordinator Colleen Moran said Schwab “will remain out of the center while this issue is investigated and addressed.”
The director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said zoo habitats for animals are designed for the safety of the animals and the guests, but guests are expected to use common sense (ha!) and follow zoo rules when viewing animals.…
BONNEY LAKE, WA – A mother, father and their infant son were crushed to death when a concrete wall fell from a state Route 410 overpass under renovation and landed on the family’s truck.
East Pierce Fire & Rescue officials said the accident happened before 11 a.m. Monday when concrete and other materials fell off the overpass and landed on the family’s pickup as they drove down Angeline Road East.
It took crews almost eight hours to remove the debris from the truck and realize that there were three people dead inside. Their names have not been released, but police say they were a couple in their 20s and their 6-month-old baby.
No word on how the “very heavy” concrete structure fell, but a construction crew had been working on a project to replace and extend a sidewalk on that overpass. The part that fell was part of the original overpass, which was built in 1992.
“The type of work that was going on shouldn’t have resulted in anything falling,” said Bonney Lake Public Works Director Dan Grigsby.…
DECATUR, GA – Anthony Stokes received a life-saving heart transplant two years ago despite the teen initially being denied because of his behavior. On Tuesday afternoon he was killed during a high-speed car chase with police.
Stokes suffered from a dilated cardiomyopathy and was given less than a year to live. The condition causes his heart to pump blood insufficiently, and can lead to irregular heartbeats, blood clots or heart failure.
Doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta removed him off the heart recipient list because of “non-compliance.” At the time, doctors stated this was because he did not take his medication regularly and felt he would not follow the post transplant medication regimen.
His mother went to the media claiming the hospital took her son off the list because they were stereotyping him as a troubled teen. Despite the fact that Stokes had low grades at school, had brushes with the law, and wore a court-ordered monitoring device, his mother said he was a good kid.
National media coverage and pressure from civil rights groups lead to the hospital giving the kid a new heart in August 2013.…
HOLLYWOOD HILLS, CA — Andrew Getty, a grandson of J. Paul Getty, was found by his ex-girlfriend unconscious and naked from the waist down at his home, suffering from traumatic injuries to his rectal area.
Police received a 911 call Tuesday afternoon from Getty’s nutty ex-girlfriend, 32-year-old Lanessa De Jonge, after she discovered Getty unconscious in his bathroom.
Firefighters responded and declared Getty deceased. According to a law enforcement source, Getty was naked from the waist down, and bleeding from some type of blunt-force trauma.
Detectives have instructed the coroner’s office not to publicly disclose details about the case or Getty’s injuries, but TMZ is reporting that the blunt force trauma was to Getty’s rectal area.
LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said that based on initial observations, “this does not appear immediately to be a criminal act.” The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office echoed these sentiments, saying that tentative information reveals that Getty died of either natural causes or an accident.
TMZ is also reporting that the LAPD have been to Getty’s residence 31 times, mostly for domestic disturbances between Getty and his ex-girlfriend. …
THROOP, PA — Police say Stephen Woytack, 74, was killed by a falling headstone as he and his wife were decorating a family gravesite for Easter.
According to a caretaker at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Woytack and his wife travel from Scranton every year to decorate his mother-in law’s gravesite for Easter.
“They tie a cross to it every year,” said Ed Kubilus. “And after they’re done tying the cross, they stand there and say prayers and they leave.”
But this recent visit would be Stephen’s last. Throop police say that Woytack’s wife was tying a string to the headstone when it fell, landing on Woytack as he was kneeling on the other side.
Kubilus says the headstone probably fell because when the ground begins to thaw in the spring, some of the bases tilt and the stones on top can topple off.
Bishop Joseph Bambera of the Diocese of Scranton released this statement, seemingly surprised that anything tragic could happen around a holiday in which people celebrate a zombie crawling out of a tomb after dying nailed to a tree:
“It is unimaginable to think that a visit of a faithful couple to the grave of loved ones in anticipation of the celebration of Easter could have ended in such a tragic manner.…
MARTINEZ, CA – Lindsey Combs, 32, was killed in her driveway Monday afternoon when a truck carrying gravel tipped over onto her car, crushing her to death in front of her 4-year-old daughter.
A construction crew working on the road had asked Combs to pull her car up further into her driveway to make room for a gravel truck.
As Combs was moving her car, 20 tons of gravel inside the truck’s trailer shifted, causing the trailer to flip on top of Combs’ car as her 4-year-old daughter watched.
Members of the construction crew attempted to help Combs, but having 20 tons of anything land on top of you isn’t something you walk away from.
“Myself and the guys that were working on the side of the road were trying to dig her out,” Travis Hagerty said. “A guy with a backhoe came around and ripped the door off the car with the backhoe after he picked the trailer up. That’s when I looked in the car and saw she was smashed and dead.”
Cal/OSHA is now investigating the incident.…
GARLAND, TX – Police have taken a 12-year-old boy into custody for the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Matthew Cisneros, a death police initially thought was a suicide.
Back in February, police were called to a home where Cisneros was found dead from a gunshot wound with a gun lying near his body. According to Joe Harn with Garland Police, it wasn’t immediately certain if the shooting was self-inflicted.
But the resulting investigation revealed Cisneros and a 12-year-old friend were playing with the gun and that the younger boy wasn’t aware the gun was loaded when he pulled the trigger and fatally shot his friend.
The 12-year-old has been placed in custody and is now facing a manslaughter charge. I couldn’t find any details on how the boys got possession of the gun in the first place, but Texas law is pretty clear that anyone who allows a child to gain access to a loaded firearm can be charged with criminal negligence.
A friend of the Cisneros family has setup a GoFundMe page to help with the boy’s funeral expenses.…
PLANT CITY, FL – Izbella Bronson was killed after the A 2-year-old fell out of her great-grandmother’s minivan and was accidentally run over.
According to Hillsborough County deputies, Izbella Bronson was with 69-year-old Alice Barber in a 2008 Kia Sedona, waiting at the end of Barber’s private dirt driveway to pick up the girl’s brothers as they got off their school bus.
As Izbella’s 7-year-old brother ran ahead of the vehicle towards the house, Barber allowed Izbella and her 9-year-old brother to sit on the floor of the minivan with one of the side doors open as she proceeded back up the driveway.
“Sometimes, the kids would sit there and dangle their feet out and she would travel very slowly,” said HCSO spokesperson Larry McKinnon. “Unfortunately, this time on the way back, she obviously hit something that knocked the child out.”
Izbella ended up falling underneath the minivan and was ran over by one of the vehicle’s rear tires, which makes the entire story more horrific when combined with that “very slowly” portion of McKinnon’s statement.…
MANHATTAN – A woman was killed Tuesday afternoon as she walked down the street after being hit by a piece of plywood blown from a high-end condo constructions site.
The 37-year-old woman was chatting on her cell phone as she walked along W. 12th St. when wind tore a 4-foot by 8-foot piece of plywood from a nearby security fence surrounding the construction of some luxury condos.
The wood sailed across the street and struck the woman, slamming her head into the wall of a parking garage. She was rushed to the hospital but would die from her injuries. An official cause of death was pending an autopsy.
I find freak accidents like this fascinating, which is why you find so many on the site. We’ve reported on kids getting killed from signs falling in airports, women dying while puking out a car window, and even a woman who drowned while snow skiing after falling into a creek and having her helmet get lodged between two rocks.
Point being, you just never know when your, or someone you know, time is up.…