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.…
Brooklyn, NY – A drunk man returning home from a bar died after he reportedly pissed on the third rail of G train.
Matthew Zeno and a friend were walking along the tracks for the southbound G train around at around 3:00 a.m. when the 30-year-old “inadvertently made contact with the third rail and was electrocuted,” according to the NYPD press office.
Headlines are a bit more eye-catching when they conclude the “inadvertent contact” was made with a stream of piss, but Zeno could have just of easily made some other kind of contact with the rail while looking for a place to take a leak. In fact, I didn’t think it was possible to be electrocuted that way because you pis is not a steady stream after a certain amount of distance. I’m not testing the theory, but I’m guessing he was electrocuted while pissing, not by the piss itself.
Regardless of how Zeno made contact with the third rail, 625 volts of electricity coursed through his body when he did.…
EDMOND, OK – An 8-year-old boy was killed Thursday morning after he fell off the parade float he was riding on and was accidentally ran over by his father.
Aiden Hooper was one of 35 other kids and adults riding on the back of a flatbed trailer during the annual Edmond 4th of July parade. As the parade was winding down and the floats were returning to a staging area, Aiden either fell or jumped off the float.
Officer James Hamm said, “We’ve been speaking with witnesses. Some have said he kind of physically got off and some he looked like he may have fell. So we’re just trying to determine which one of those is accurate.”
The trailer loaded with hay bales knocked Aiden to the ground and when his father continued driving, unaware anyone had fallen off the float he was pulling, the trailer ran over his son.
People in the crowd administered first aid until emergency personnel arrived and rushed Aiden to the hospital. An hour later, Aiden was pronounced dead.…
PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL – Two Indiana teenagers are still in critical condition after getting into a parasailing accident off Panama City Beach.
Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild, both 17, were parasailing in tandem on Monday when the line attached to the boat became detached. Austin Ward was on the parasail boat waiting for his turn and explained what happened.
‘The wind got so bad it was pulling the parachute, and it started pulling the boat. So they threw the anchor down,” he said. “Once they threw the anchor down the parachute stopped but then they couldn’t get the string to come back in and they tried to get the string to come back, tried flooring it and the rope snapped.”
The high winds carried the girls on to the beach and screaming into the loving arms of a balcony on the 13th floor of a nearby condominium. They hit it so hard that they buckled the balcony. Afterwards, the asshole wind carried them into a power line before dropping them on top of an SUV, caving in the vehicle’s roof and front windshield.…
CHEVY CHASE, MD – The body of Joshua Davis, a 15-year-old boy reported missing when he did not return home Monday night, was found by his father on Tuesday. Looks like the kid was riding his bike in a wooded trail when a dead tree fell on top of him.
When Davis had not returned home by 10 p.m. Monday night, his father contacted police. A search for the teen proved unsuccessful until the following day when Davis’ father found his son in some woods near his home. The boy had apparently been riding his bike when an old, dead tree fell on him and killed him. Police say that there were several storms active Monday that may have been a factor in Davis’ death. No foul play is suspected.
The Director of Montgomery County Department of Parks said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened by last night’s tragic accident in Rock Creek Park Stream Valley #2 claiming the life of a young boy riding his bicycle in the park.…
WESTFORD, MA – Police have charged 18-year-old Kelsey Gallagher with trespassing after Gallagher dived head first into a someone’s empty pool a little after midnight Monday, and ended up with a spinal injury, a fractured skull and a broken wrist.
According to Westford Police Department spokesman Capt. Victor Neal, police were called to a North Main Street home around 12:30 a.m. where they found Gallagher in the pool unconscious and breathing. Her friend, 20-year-old Alexis Mcauliffe, was there as well and told police the pair had been out looking for pools to swim in.
“It appears from the investigation that Gallagher dove head first into the empty pool,” Neal wrote in a press release. “Also alcohol may have been a factor in this incident but no alcohol was found at the scene.”
After Gallagher took her header, Mcauliffe banged on the door of the pool’s owner, begging for help. He immediately called 911 and then went to check on Gallagher. “Seeing someone at the bottom of the pool like that. That time of night.…
Truxton, NY – Four children and three adults were killed Wednesday when their minivan was hit by a trailer carrying crushed cars on Route 13 in Truxton, New York.
The accident happened around 6 p.m. after a trailer carrying around 20 crushed cars broke free from a truck travelling on Route 13. The runaway trailer struck a minivan, ripping it apart, and killing seven members of two families.
The names of the deceased are 26-year-old Teresa Bush and her two daughters, 4-year-old Alexis and 5-year-old Jasmine. Also killed were 21-year-old Lena Beckwith, 24-year-old Carino Vanorden, 7-year-old Alyssa Mead and 4-year-old Tyler Mead. The father of the two Mead children, Shawn Mead, was transported to Upstate University Hospital where he was in good condition.
First assistant fire chief Ken Stone said a couple of victims were under the trailer when help arrived. The trailer had to be jacked up to get them out. “It was all instant, no doubt,” Stone said. He added that responders were deeply affected by the crash.…
The incident happened in an off-campus house rented by Andrea Rebello, her twin sister and two other students. Sometime around 2am, Rebello’s boyfriend went outside to move a car, reportedly to avoid a parking ticket. It was during this time that 30-year-old Dalton Smith, dressed in black and wearing a ski mask, entered the house. Smith, a parolee with an extensive rap sheet that includes attempted robbery, weapons possession, assault and being an all-around charming fella, was armed.
He ordered Rebello, her twin sister Jessica and a third woman onto a couch. He did the same to Rebello’s boyfriend when he returned and demanded valuables from the four. I’m going to go out on a limb at this point and say Dalton likely never went to college: he was unsatisfied with what the four produced. I don’t know how much you could expect to fleece a few college students for, but I wouldn’t have expected more than a few beers and some dental dams.…
CLINTON, MO – Destiny Spitler died in her sleep Saturday after putting on her grandmother’s pain patch that she found in the trash.
Paramedics were called to Destiny’s home Saturday morning after family member’s found her not breathing. Attempts to revive her were unsuccessful and the girl was later pronounced dead. An official cause of death has not been released, but investigators found a Fetanyl patch affixed to her thigh.
Destiny’s grandmother uses the pain-killing patches for her back, and it’s believed the girl found one in a trash can, put it on and accidentally overdosed. Destiny’s grandmother issued a warning to others.
“Mothers, fathers … anyone who wears these dang patches, dispose of them, fold them up in tiny little pieces and flush them down the stool so your babies won’t be like mine,” she said.
Toxicologist Dr. Stephen Thornton agrees, stating he has seen many cases in which children have put on discarded pain patches, which still have around 50 percent of the medication they started with, thinking they are stickers.…
SPRINGTOWN, TX – What an absolute nightmare. On Monday morning, the mother of 10-year-old Haven Lee Norton watched in horror as her son was struck and killed by his school bus in front of his home.
The accident happened after the bus stopped to pick up another child across the street from the boy’s home. Norton, a fourth-grader at Springtown Elementary School who had only been riding the bus for two weeks, tripped and fell in front of the bus.
“The woman bus driver stopped the bus and activated the lights,” said Department of Public Safety trooper Gary Rozzell. “The boy came up beside the bus as she deactivated the lights. The bus started to pull forward and the boy couldn’t get out of the way, and was struck by the left front of the vehicle.”
Authorities say Norton tripped and fell in front of the bus, and wasn’t able to get up before being run over by the front and rear tires of the bus. The only witness to the accident was Norton’s mother, who had been keeping an eye on her son to make sure he got on the bus safely.…
Last October we reported on 62-year-old Jose Melena, the Bumble Bee Food employee who was cooked to death after being trapped inside an industrial pressure cooker. Now the company has been fined nearly $74,000 and cited for six safety violations.
State regulators investigated the accidental death of Melena for seven months before handing over their report, which included the details behind the man’s horrible death.
Melena, a 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.
When I first reported on this, I was curious about the oven and did a little Googling and found some images of an industrial tuna steamer sold by JBT. Seeing what one looks like makes the following details a little easier to understand.
On Oct. 11, 2012, Melena was ordered by his supervisor to load one particular oven. According to the report, Melena entered the oven to make a repair or to adjust a chain, leaving a pallet jack outside the oven.…
KANSAS CITY, KS – On the same night five women burned to death inside a limo while celebrating a bachelorette party in California, Jamie Frecks died after falling out of a party bus while celebrating a bachelorette party in Kansas.
Frecks and 15 girlfriends were riding in the Midnight Express Party Bus when Frecks somehow fell out the emergency door and landed on I-35. Three vehicles then hit Fecks, two of which drove away from the scene. The 26-year-old, who just gave birth to her daughter six weeks ago, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A passenger in the second car that struck Frecks said there just wasn’t enough time to avoid hitting Frecks’ body. Highway patrol are investigating how the vehicle’s emergency door opened, and are also looking for the drivers of the two vehicles that hit Frecks but drove off. If you have any information about the two drivers who left, call them or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
Frecks’ friends and family are holding a fundraiser on Wednesday in Loose Park.…
California – Just when I thought I’ve covered just about every horrible death imaginable, five women died inside a burning limo while out celebrating the upcoming wedding of one of the victim, 31-year-old Neriza Fojas.
While crossing the San Mateo-Hayward bridge Saturday night, the white stretch Lincoln caught on fire. The driver, 46-year-old Orville Brown, pulled over when the women got his attention, thinking the women were asking him to stop so they could smoke.
“She said, ‘No smoke – smoke smoke…pull over pull over pull over,'” Brown recalled. “I saw the smoke, pulled over, by the time I was getting out the car there was a lady coming over the partition.”
He said he helped three other women escape the fiery limo, but was unable to help the bride-to-be and four other women. They ended up trapped inside and were all killed in the fire.
Police would later say that the victims were burned beyond recognition and had to be identified by their dental records. County coroner Robert Foucrault told NBC that the victims were found lying on top of each other, with one dying while trying to climb through the partition that separates the passenger compartment from the driver’s.…
Burkesville, KY – Authorities in Kentucky say 2-year-old Caroline Starks died after being accidentally shot by her 5-year-old brother, who was playing with a .22-caliber rifle he had been given as a gift.
Sparks was shot by her brother inside their home just after 1 p.m. Tuesday. Sparks was rushed to the hospital where she would later be pronounced dead.
The children’s mother was at home when the shooting occurred, and the gun was a gift the boy received last year. It’s a Crickett rifle manufactured by Keystone Sporting Arms, and marketed towards children as My First Rifle.
The rifle was being kept in a corner and the family did not realize a shell had been left inside it. Cumberland County Coroner Gary White said the shooting will be ruled accidental. “Just one of those crazy accidents,” White said.
Although I’m sure some media outlets will hone in on the fact that their are rifles for children, I don’t have an issue with it – especially in areas where hunting is prevalent.…
Clackamas, OR – Hugo Avalos-Chanon died a horrible death other day after the 41-=year-old cleaning contractor fell into a mechanical blender at a meat-processing plant.
Avalos-Chanon worked for DCS Sanitation Management Inc., which performs daily cleaning of equipment at Interstate Meat Distributors. Shortly before midnight Friday, emergency crews were called to the plant after Avalos-Chanon was found entangled in a mechanical blender that regulates the fat content of ground meat.
Another worker hit the emergency stop button, but it was way too late for Avalos Chanon. The poor guy was pronounced dead at the scene, but his body could not be removed from the machine until it was dismantled the following day.
Dr. Cliff Young, a deputy state medical examiner, said Avalos-Chanon died from “blunt-force injuries and chopping wounds.”
Interstate Meat was cited in October after inspectors found machinery in the meat-grounding room were not properly locked down during cleaning, and could result in “unexpected start-up of the machine.” But OSHA says it’s too early to tell if that’s connected to Avalos-Chanon’s death.…
BALTIMORE, MD – Back in March 2012 we reported on the two kids, ages 12 and 13, who accidentally shot and killed their friend, 13-year-old Monae Turnage. They were arrested after they tried to hide the girl’s body under some trash in an alley. On Monday, the younger boy’s mother, 49-year-old Veronica Alford, pleaded guilty to helping the boys move the girl’s body.
For those of you who do not remember, Monae Turnage was inside a home playing with two the boys when someone brought out a AK-47 .22 caliber rifle. Reportedly, Alford’s 13-year-old son accidentally discharged the rifle and Monae was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest.
The two boys panicked and dragged Monae, with the help of Alford, out of the house and into a nearby alley where they hid her body under some bags of trash. When she never arrived home, Monae’s family called police and began searching the neighborhood. Monae’s brother would eventually see her leg sticking out from some trash in the alley directly behind the house she had been visiting.…
Parkside, PA – Police have charged 42-year-old Michele Wanko with involuntary manslaughter after they say she accidentally shot and killed her husband during a drunken gun training exercise in the basement of the couple’s home.
Police were called to the couple’s home early Saturday morning after receiving a frantic 911 call from Michele. Inside the home, at the bottom of the basement stairs, was the dead body of Michele’s husband, 43-year-old Michael Wanko.
He was rushed to the hospital suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest, where he was pronounced dead.
Michele told police that she and Michael had been drinking vodka and lemonade for about six hours when Michael decided to show her how to shoot some of the guns he kept locked in a safe in the basement in case someone ever broke in while he was away.
So while the couple’s two children, ages 5 and 2, slept upstairs, Michael began showing Michele how to properly handle the guns.
“He took several of the weapons out, handguns and was demonstrating to her how the weapon worked as far as taking the magazine out, making sure it was safe, and how to pull the slide back,” said Parkside Police Chief John Egan.…