ARLINGTON, TX – Back in July we reported on Rosa Esparza, the 54-year-old grandmother who was killed after being thrown from a Six Flags roller coaster.
The family eventually sued Six Flags, the suit revealing some gruesome details regarding Esparza’s death. Now a 20-page police report by the Arlington Police Department reveals that the ride operator didn’t think that Esparza’s safety bar was secured correctly.
On July 19, Esparza was at Six Flags over Texas with her daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren. It was her first time at the theme park, and her first time riding one the park’s signature attractions – the Texas Giant. This wooden coaster has one of the steepest drops in the world for a wooden roller coaster, yet didn’t include seat belts or shoulder harnesses for the rider.
At the time, the only thing holding your ass in the seat was a T-bar mechanism that locks over your lap. Despite her size and shape, Esparza met all the qualifications needed to ride the coaster as evident by the ride operators letting her on in the first place.…
Russellville, AR – Police responding to a call of a possible shooting in a Wal-Mart parking lot found a man who’d been shot in the back with a shotgun. The suspect? The man’s toddler.
It’s being reported that the child was climbing into his father’s truck with the help of an older child, and grabbed on to an unsecured, loaded shotgun in the process. The toddler accidentally pulled the shotgun’s trigger, shooting his father, identified as Monty Wheeler, in the back. Wheeler was taken to Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center by EMS and has since been released in stable condition.
The investigation is ongoing at this time, but I hope to at least see a charge of child endangerment. Fifth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons said they will decide what charges, if any, will be filed once they have all the facts.
Wheeler lists his employer as the Dardanelle Police Department, so you’d expect he’d know how to better store and protect his weapons around children. On Oct. 31st, Wheeler shared a photo on Facebook that shows a child saying “Thank you daddy for Loving me enough to carry a gun.”
I am by no means against ownership of guns for protection or concealed carry, but if you are going to carry or even own a weapon of any kind, please learn and practice safe storage.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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.
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.…
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.…
ATLANTA, GA – A cleaning crew got a nasty surprise when they walked into an Atlanta bar this morning and found a dead man hanging from an outside security fence.
The crew arrived at Moondogs at around 7:30 when they found the unidentified man’s body. Atlanta police believe the man was attempting to rob the bar when he climbed over a fence.
There is only a clearance of six or seven inches between the top of the fence and the ceiling of the patio and it seems the man got stuck in a way that asphyxiated him.
“It appears that he got hung up on his neck. That’s why we’re saying possible asphyxiation. Exact cause of death is pending on the autopsy,” said Homicide Commander Paul Guerucci
This isn’t the first time we’ve featured a would-be burglar accidentally killing themselves while attempting to rob someone. In 2012, Robert Edward Powell died after he broke into a vacant home and proceeded to take a fatal header down the basement stairs.…
ARLINGTON, TX – With amusement parks nationwide packed with thrillseekers, Six Flags Over Texas confirmed Friday that Rosy Esparza was killed while riding the park’s most famous rollercoaster, apparently after being thrown from her seat. The investigation into the death is focusing on the possible failure of a restraining harness.
“She was right in front of us, but we weren’t on the ride. The lady basically tumbled over. She goes up like this, then when it drops to come down, that’s when it released and she just tumbled,” Carmen Brown told ABC News affiliate WFAA, adding that the victim’s son was on the ride with his mother at the time.
Brown also said that Rosy had notified a park employee that she was concerned because her harness only clicked once when it was lowered into place, unlike the multiple clicks heard when other riders were strapped into their seats. Uh-oh. Looks like somebody’s getting written up.
Police reports said the accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Texas time, and the death appeared to be an accident, Arlington police told WFAA.…
Sylvan Lake, MI – Two children are dead and another is in critical condition after a boater collided with a tube on the water containing three young siblings.
The accident occurred on Sunday as John Mansour was using a jet ski on Sylvan Lake to pull a large tube being ridden by his three children, Alex Mansour, 11, Gabrielle Mansour, 6, and Adriana Mansour, 10.
At around 12:30 p.m., as Mansour was head south, a 56-year-old boater going east swerved to avoid Mansour’s jet ski but failed to see the tube he was pulling and struck the three children head on.
A witness said that after the collision, Mansour was hysterical.”
“I looked up and the tube was floating and the three children were floating in the water with their vests on,’ said Cindee Rosenthal. “The man on the jet ski had his hands on his head yelling, “Oh, my God, oh, my God, someone help me!” And then I heard someone yell “Call 911!” And other boats were heading toward the scene.”
Mansour, the man who hit his children, and other boaters helped pull the kids out of the water and transported them to shore where off-duty doctors and nurses treated them before paramedics arrived.…