Toledo, OH - A man who died after accidentally setting himself on fire was seen moments earlier smoking a cigarette while carrying a gas mower.
Jamar Allen, 41, was seen smoking while carrying a gasoline-powered lawnmower into the basement of an apartment building where he lived and worked as a maintenance worker. Witnesses said they heard a crash, then watched as a screaming Allen came running out of the basement engulfed in flames.
Firefighters arrived on the scene to find Allen in the street. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. As for the building, it suffered minimal damage as the blaze was confined to a concrete block room in the basement.
Not surprisingly, seeing as we now have over 8000 articles, this isn’t the first story we’ve reported on in which a man burned to death because he was smoking a cigarette. Last year we told you about 43-year-old Gary Banning. He was the North Carolina man who took a drink from a friend’s mason jar, not realizing it was gasoline.…Continue Reading
San Francisco, CA - A woman who went missing from her hospital room was found dead 17 days later in one of the hospital’s stairwells.
On September 19th, 57-year-old Lynne Spaulding was admitted to San Francisco General Hospital, apparently for complications from a bladder infection. Her family says she was frail and thin when admitted, and were worried about her condition. Hospital staff were supposedly checking on Spaulding every 15 minutes due to her “frail condition and confused mental state,” which sounds a bit more serious than a simple bladder infection. Although, some sources are saying the medication the hospital had her on was making her disoriented.
The hospital said they last saw Spaulding in her fifth floor room at 10:15 am on September 21st, and that her condition had improved. A nurse checked on her fifteen minutes later and she was gone. When her boyfriend and two friends came to visit Spaulding shortly after, they were told she’d gone missing. Her family filed a missing persons report after the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and hospital staff conducted, what they believed to be, a thorough search of the hospital.…Continue Reading
CORONA, CA - A 34-year-old man died an unbelievably horrible death earlier this month after he became entangled in a conveyor belt and was pulled into a machine that crushes asphalt.
Rolando Anaya was working at an asphalt production plant when the poor guy got caught up in the conveyor belt of a mobile asphalt crusher, a machine that makes crushed aggregate used in road construction.
“The laborer was working near a conveyor belt underneath an asphalt grinder and got caught on the conveyor belt and pulled into the grinder,” said Kathleen Hennessey of Cal-OSHA.
OSHA inspectors went out to the plant to check things out, then later closed it down until certain conditions are fixed. “I don’t know the specific conditions, but it appears there are more than one,” said Hennessey.
It’s been a while since we’ve posted a workplace death, but now we can add being crushed in a mobile asphalt grinder to horrifying ways to die while on the job, including being cooked to death in an industrial tuna steamer, dying from an exploding beer keg, falling into a wood chipper, dying in a manure pit, being pressed in an industrial paper rolling machine, cooking in an industrial dryer, suffocating in a pile of pinto beans, drowning in a vat of boiling chocolate, and falling into an industrial meat grinder.…Continue Reading
Douglasville, GA - A senior at a Georgia high school is being treated for burns to 25 percent of her body after a science experiment went wrong during her school’s open house, and she was caught on fire.
On Thursday, Chapel Hill High School was hosting an Advanced Placement Open House where groups of students conduct presentations throughout the building. One group was showing how you can identify chemicals by the color of their flame when burning.
Surveillance video captured the moment a flammable liquid came out of its container too quicklyand ignited. The resulting fireball set a 12th grade female student on fire, and people nearby learned how to identify a human by the color of their flame when burning. (Hint: Bright yellow and screaming).
One of the student’s teachers who’d been monitoring the experiment took her down to the ground in an effort to extinguish the flames, but was having some trouble. Another teacher handed 17-year-old Will Wheeler a fire blanket that he was able to use to finally put out the fire.…Continue Reading
Ravenna, OH – A 15-year-old girl learning to drive was killed on Sunday after the vehicle she was driving was struck by a train.
Sierra Thornton had recently received her temporary driver’s permit and was driving on an access road with her father and four younger sisters. At around 6 p.m. they approached a railroad crossing near her home that doesn’t have a crossing gate.
The girl didn’t see or hear the approaching train, but her father did. When he alerted her, she panicked and ended up stopping in the middle of the tracks. “She got into a panic and didn’t know what to do and was not able to get out of the way of the train,” Portage County Sheriff David Doak said. “We think she was trying to get the vehicle into another gear or trying to back up.”
Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to get out off the tracks, and a Norfolk Southern train struck the driver’s side of the SUV, killing Thornton. Her father was conscious after the crash, and he and his other daughters were taken to the hospital.…Continue Reading
PHOENIX, AZ - A 24-year-old woman died while hugging her boyfriend after he accidentally fired a gun he was removing from his waistband.
Police say Amanda Mosley and her 18-year-old boyfriend were hugging Tuesday morning when she informed him that the gun he had in his waistband was causing some discomfort.
When the unidentified teen removed the gun, it accidentally discharged, and a bullet struck Mosley. She would die after being rushed to the hospital. Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the shooting appeared to be accidental but they will continue to investigate.
“We understand that she wanted to hug the 18-year-old. He had a gun in his waistband. It caused some discomfort while they were hugging. They started to remove the handgun and that’s when it accidentally went off is what we have obtained at this point from this 18-year-old,” said Sgt. Steve Martos.
The underlined part was by me. I thought the use of the word “they” was interesting. Although, the story was told to him by the teen who had just killed his girlfriend, so who knows what really happened.…Continue Reading
LOUISVILLE, KY - A 16-year-old died on Sunday after trying to pull a Halloween prank and accidentally hanged himself in his front yard.
Jordan Morlan had spent all day Sunday hanging up Halloween decorations, when he decided to scare his little sister by pretending to be hanging from a noose he’d put in a tree in the front yard. His stunt worked a little too well.
According to the coroner, Morlan became disoriented after the noose cut off oxygen to his brain within 20 to 30 seconds and, as he’d planned, his little sister found him hanging from the tree. She alerted their mother, who was rushed outside but was unable to cut her son down. What a friggin’ nightmare.
Morlan was rushed to the hospital in a coma and placed on a ventilator until his organs began failing. He died 12 hours later. LMPD homicide detectives have determined Morlan’s death was a tragic accident.
Morlan’s mother said her son, a sophomore honor student at Fern Creek High School, loved to play pranks and loved Halloween.…Continue Reading
A 32-year-old American woman arrived at the Alicante-Elche airport late Wednesday on a flight from London’s Gatwick airport with her baby and another young child. Her husband, a Canadian, was waiting for her in another part of the airport.
The woman made her way to the baggage area where she was retrieving items from a baggage carousel that holds over-sized bags and items like car seats, strollers, etc. The carousel only moves in one direction and is only activated when items are placed on top of it.
According to sources, the woman placed or dropped her baby on the conveyor belt when she climbed up to retrieve a pushchair that had become stuck. The belt started moving after the sensors detected something had been placed on top of it, and within seconds, the baby’s head was crushed in a 10cm gap where two baggage belts converged.
To help better form that horrific mental image going on in your head, here’s a picture of the gap between the two belts.…Continue Reading
Gonzales, LA - A three-year-old boy died on Sunday after he wandered away from his home and got his head trapped inside a partially open car window.
The boy’s family told investigators that the toddler wandered out of the house without any of the adults in the house knowing. After just a few minutes, the adults realized he was missing and started looking for him.
He was found hanging by the neck from the partially opened window of a Chevy Lumina parked outside. When responders arrived, the boy had already been removed from the window. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m.
The boy wasn’t tall enough to put his head through the opening and would have needed to climb on something to reach the window, deputies said. Sheriff’s Office detectives are still investigating the death.…Continue Reading
Brooklyn, NY -Law-enforcement officials say 19-year-old Roman Pirozek Jr. was partially-decapitated by his own remote-controlled helicopter at a Brooklyn park Thursday afternoon.
The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. at Calvert Vaux Park while Pirozek, a remote-controlled helicopter enthusiast known for his aggressive flying, was with his father performing a trick with his model helicopter.
The $2000 helicopter (the one pictured) ended up striking Pirozek, cutting off the top of his head, slashing his throat, and shearing off part of his shoulder. He was killed instantly.
Pirozek was an avid model helicopter enthusiast and the vice-president of the Seaview Rotary Wings, a Brooklyn-based model helicopter flying club. His Facebook page and Youtube channel feature several videos of himself flying helicopters.
In one of his Youtube clips, Roman Pirozek shows his skill piloting his Trex 700 helicopter, ending with a trick that may have been a lot like the one that killed him. The trick involves Pirozek dropping the helicopter from the sky, then restarting inches from his head.
Feel real bad for the dad, but at least his son didn’t partially decapitate himself with piano wire he was using to protect some pot plants.…Continue Reading
A woman was hospitalized last week after stealing $5,000 from her boyfriend and then trying to use a toilet brush to remove the stolen money from her ass.
Police were called to a home where a man said his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend, 43-year-old Christie Black, had stolen $5000 dollars. The man told police he’d suspected Black had been stealing from him so he set a trap for Black by placing two envelopes containing $5,000 in $100 bills in an old medicine bag that he then placed on a foosball table.
The man went to bed, only to wake up later to find Black was still awake and the medicine bag was missing. When he confronted Black about the missing money, Black reportedly became ill and puked up a baggy containing partially dissolved pills.
When he asked if his missing money would be coming up next, she explained that it might, just not from that end.…Continue Reading
Berne, NY - A 50-year-old New York man died the other day after a booby trap he’d placed to protect some pot plants turned his ass into a human Pez dispenser.
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said Daniel Ricketts was driving an ATV in the backyard of his property around 2:30 p.m. Saturday when he ran into a heavy gauge wire that had been placed at neck height.
The heavy gauge wire was one of several booby traps Ricketts had set up to protect four marijuana plants he planted on his property. Ricketts was nearly decapitated by the wire and died after being thrown from his ATV. Apple says alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.
Police found several other traps Ricketts had placed to protect his sweat leaf, including a barbed wire trap and a leg trap similar to those used to trap coyotes. The marijuana plants were removed from the property on Saturday, but so far there have been no arrests.
Sheriff Apple said it’s common for people to use the rural hills in the area to grow pot.…Continue Reading
Police were called to a home at 6:30 a.m. on Monday morning where an African Rock Python had killed 5-year-old Connor Barthe and his 7-year-old brother, Noah.
Connor and Noah were sleeping over with a friend in the home of snake owner Jean-Claude Savoie, in an apartment above the Reptile Ocean pet store. The snake measured between 11 and 15 feet long and weighed almost 100 pounds. It was initially being reported that the snake had escaped an enclosure in the pet store, but police later revealed the snake was kept in the same apartment the boys were sleeping in a specially built enclosure.
Regardless, then snake climbed into the ceiling, making its way into the ventilation system of the building and into the living room ceiling where the brothers were sleeping. Because of its weight, the snake reportedly fell through the ceiling and landed on the mattress where Conner and and Noah were sleeping, strangling them both at the same time.…Continue Reading
The boy had been in the hospital since August 1, the day his father found him inside their home, head-first inside their top-loading washing machine.
The boy’s father told investigators that his wife was shopping and he’d been outside working in the yard when he went inside to check on his son. Inside the laundry room he saw his son’s feet and legs sticking out of the washing machine, his face submerged in water.
When paramedics arrived at the home, they found the boy on the ground next to a washing machine with his father at his side attempting to revive him. The unidentified boy was taken to the hospital, but was pronounced dead on Sunday.
Police are calling the death a tragic accident, but if any criminal charges are filed, it won’t be until after their investigation is complete. “We have taken the washer as evidence. We’re gonna process it forensically and make sure it was working properly,” Lt.…Continue Reading
New York, NY – A 35-year-old woman on a first date died after she plunged 16-floors to her death when the balcony she was sitting on collapsed.
Jennifer Rosoff was on a date with Stephen Close at a Mexican restaurant before she brought him back to her apartment a little after midnight. Once inside, Rosoff stepped out on to her small balcony, sat on a metal railing and had a smoke.
Her date got nervous and told Rosoff she may not want to sit on the rail. “She said that she had done it before and wasn’t worried. She didn’t think it was a problem,” said Paul Browne, the NYPD’s chief spokesman.
Close said shortly afterwards, he heard two cracks or pops before the railing Rosuff was sitting on bent and sent the woman 140 feet down to her death, dying instantly upon landing on top of some construction scaffolding.
Some residents say they heard Close screaming while others saw him in the lobby. “He was hysterical,” a resident said. Police do not suspect foul play and the Department of Buildings are now investigating.…Continue Reading
McALESTER, OK – Police have charged a mother with child abuse by injury after she poured gasoline her 5-year-old daughter’s head to treat head lice, which then caught fire.
According to an affidavit, 25-year-old Shana Suggs attempted to treat her daughter’s head lice with gasoline back in January. Not sure how well that would have worked, but the fire that started when a nearby space heater ignited the gas probably did the trick.
Suggs’s boyfriend said he ran to the bathroom when he heard Shuggs scream and found her and her daughter on fire. He rolled the girl on the ground, but could not extinguish the flames until he wrapped her in a jacket.
On the one hand, the girl didn’t have a head lice problem any longer but on the other, she suffered second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body. Suggs was burned on her forearms, hands and foot.
Suggs’ daughter wen through lengthy treatments at a Tulsa burn center and a Texas Shriner’s hospital and is now living with relatives. …Continue Reading
SAN DIEGO, CA – A man is in the hospital after driving his car off a cliff in the Sunset Cliffs neighborhood of San Diego.
According to San Diego police, the driver of a sedan sped through a locked gate and off a 40-foot tall cliff, slamming into the beach below, in the early morning of July 29th.
The vehicle, shown suspended from tow cables in this photo, has extensive damage to both the front and the rear. The driver was able to walk away from the vehicle and ignored onlookers shouting at him from the top of the bluffs. “He was pretty unresponsive,” said a witness. “He didn’t look up at us.”
When rescuers arrived the man resisted rescue efforts, preventing them from placing him inside a rescue helicopter. Maurice Luque, of the San Diego Fire Rescue Department said, “He was combative, he wanted to fight with our crews, he wanted to be left alone.”
The fire rescue captain stated, “We put him in a bag called a Bowman bag which pretty much just wraps him up like a burrito.” The human burrito was then transported to the hospital via helicopter with “serious but not life-threatening” injuries.…Continue Reading
Trumann, AR – A paralyzed man in Arkansas woke up the other day to find that the dog he’d adopted had just eaten one of his testicles.
The unidentified 39-year-old is paralyzed from the waist down and had adopted a “small white fluffy” stray he had taken in about three weeks earlier. The man told police he often sleeps in the nude and woke up Monday morning by a “burning pain” in his mid-section.
He looked down and noticed the dog was between his legs with blood on its face and paws. To his horror, he realized that the little bastard had “eaten one of his testicles.”
The poor guy was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries, while the dog was euthanized. The dog’s head was sent to the Arkansas Department of Health to be tested for rabies.Continue Reading
Carmichael, CA – A 13-year-old girl with severe allergies to peanuts died after eating a Rice Krispie treat made with peanut butter.
Natalie Giorgio was with her family during a church gathering at Camp Sacramento Friday night when she picked up the treat from a tray of refreshments that had been placed in a poorly lit area.
After taking a bite she realized something was wrong and spat it out. She ran to her mother who also tasted the treat and realized it had been made with peanut butter.
It only took 20 minutes before Natalie was vomiting and having trouble breathing. Despite her father injecting her with three EpiPens and help from paramedics and firefighters, Natalie suffered anaphylactic shock and then cardiac arrest. She would be pronounced dead at the hospital.
According to the family’s pastor, Natalie and her twin sister both have peanut allergies and were vigilant about taking precautions.
“She took every care. She knew the situation, that’s (connected to) the allergy she had. And they were really on it all the time,” said Pastor Michael Kiernan.…Continue Reading
ROQUE BLUFFS, ME - Two women got lost in Roque Bluff State Park where rescued by an off-duty firefighter only to drown minutes later when they accidentally drove their car into the ocean.
Melissa Moyer, 38, was in Maine from Pennsylvania to visit long-time friend, 37-year-old Amy Stiner, who was five months pregnant. The two decided to go hiking at Roque Bluff State Park but ended up getting lost during a heavy storm.
It was getting dark, so Moyer called for help. The women were found by nearby landowner and member of Sunrise Search & Rescue, Wayne Hansom, who gave them rides back to his house on his ATV. Once there, a warden picked them up and dropped them off at their vehicle in the state park’s parking lot.
But what could have been one of those stories the women laughed about with friends turned disastrous when Stiner made a wrong turn. Police say heavy fog may have contributed to Stiner accidentally driving down a boat ramp and into the ocean.…Continue Reading