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Cops Say Miss Alabama's Death Was 'Tragic Accident'

Zoe Sozo Bethel fell from window in Miami

(Newser) - "The world lost a queen," a beauty pageant organization said after the death of Zoe Sozo Bethel, the current Miss Alabama for America Strong. Relatives say the 27-year-old died on Friday, eight days after an accident in Miami, NBC reports. Authorities tell People that Miami officers were called...

Woman Dies in 60-Foot Fall From Mast of Tall Ship

Police are investigating death of volunteer on Galveston ship

(Newser) - Tragedy on a tall ship: A woman fell 60 feet to her death in front of horrified tourists at the historic Elissa ship in Galveston on Saturday. Authorities say the 58-year-old woman was one of the volunteers who maintain the tall ship at a seaport museum, KTRK reports. Port of...

4-Year-Old in Car With Mom Fatally Shoots Himself

Mom, friend were getting high in the front seat, police say

(Newser) - Tragedy in Louisiana, where a 4-year-old boy fatally shot himself with a gun he found in his mom's car Saturday. Jarion Walker was in the back seat of the car with his two younger siblings, ages 22 months and about one year, while their mother and another adult smoked...

Strange Case of Teen&#39;s Gym Mat Death Reopened
Sheriff: No Foul Play
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Sheriff: No Foul Play in Teen's Gym Mat Death

Mother of Kendrick Johnson doesn't buy it

(Newser) - Update: There is no evidence of foul play in the 2013 death of Kendrick Johnson , whose body was found upside-down inside a rolled-up gym mat at his Georgia high school, Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk concluded Wednesday. He spoke after conducting a review of an FBI investigation six years ago...

Child Dies in Bounce House Tragedy in Spain

8 other children were injured

(Newser) - Another bounce house tragedy, this one in Spain, ended up claiming the life of a young girl. ABC News reports that on Tuesday night a gust of wind sent a bouncy castle that had been set up at a fairground in Mislata, near Valencia, airborne and then flipped it over....

Man's Attempt to Jump NYC Subway Turnstile Kills Him

Police say the 28-year-old landed on his head, breaking his neck

(Newser) - A cautionary tale out of New York City, where police say a 28-year-old man's attempt to avoid paying subway fare ended up killing him. The New York Post reports the man allegedly jumped the subway turnstile at the Forest Hills-71st Avenue station in Queens around 6:45am Sunday but...

Sheep Kills Volunteer Alone in Pen on Therapy Farm

Kim Taylor, 73, was apparently rammed repeatedly

(Newser) - A "treasured volunteer" at a Massachusetts therapy farm for children was killed on Saturday by one of the animals kept at the farm. Kim Taylor, 73, was alone in a pen feeding animals at the Bolton farm when a sheep apparently repeatedly rammed into her; the New York Times ...

Rust Gaffer Blames Death On 'Unprofessionalism'

Serge Svetnoy doesn't name names but says armorer was negligent

(Newser) - The chief electrician—the gaffer—on the set of Rust has some strong words about the lack of professionalism that he says led to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins . Echoing other crew members' comments that gun safety wasn’t being taken seriously on the production, Serge Svetnoy wrote a...

Cinematographer Killed on Set Was 'Building a Reputation'

Halyna Hutchins, 42, described as a rising star

(Newser) - The cinematographer tragically killed Thursday when Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of the movie Rust was about to get her big break, according to friends. Halyna Hutchins, named one of American Cinematographer's Rising Stars of 2019 , was shot around 1:50pm local time while working...

Police Investigating Deadly Wood Chipper Accident

Michigan man's jacket apparently got caught on branch

(Newser) - A Michigan man died in a horrific workplace accident this week when he was pulled into a wood chipper, authorities say. The 48-year-old man, part of a crew working at a private residence in West Bloomfield, was apparently pulled into the machine after his jacket got caught on a branch,...

Car Driving Under Hot Air Balloon Hit by Falling Man

Yogev Cohen worked for the balloon operator

(Newser) - "People are in shock. This is a very difficult event." So says Israeli law enforcement about an accident near Afula Tuesday in which a man fell to his death from a hot air balloon. The Jerusalem Post reports a crew member who was supposed to remain on the...

Mother, Toddler Son Fall to Deaths at Baseball Park

The two were pronounced dead shortly before the Padres-Braves game Saturday

(Newser) - A woman and her toddler son fell to their deaths at the Padres stadium in San Diego Saturday. Horrified onlookers saw the 2-year-old boy fall first and his mother fall while trying to catch him. The two fell from a third-level concourse at a concessions area, about six stories above...

Cops: Man's Sister, Mother Died After He Choked to Death

Missouri women were unable to access food, water after Roger Wilfong died

(Newser) - In July, a person in Glenaire, Mo., told authorities he hadn't seen his neighbors in a while—but by then, it was far too late to save them. Deputies who forced their way into the home on July 21 found the bodies of Roger Wilfong, 66; his sister, 67-year-old...

Man Jumping From Building Kills Man Below

61-year-old killed along with jumper in Yonkers incident

(Newser) - Police say an apparent suicide unintentionally caused the deaths of two people. Fox News reports a 25-year-old man on Monday night jumped from the roof of the Cromwell Towers building in Yonkers, New York. CBS News reports he apparently fell 12 stories onto the parking garage, striking a 61-year-old man...

Woman Riding BART Train With Dog Dies in Freak Accident

Amy Adams, 41, was pulled onto the tracks

(Newser) - A freak accident at a San Francisco BART station claimed a woman's life on Monday. SF Gate reports the woman was at the Powell Street station with her dog, whose leash was attached to her own waist. BART officials say the woman and animal boarded a train, but the...

Man Killed While Reaching for Dropped Card in Drive-Thru

He was reaching for it out his open door when his car rolled forward

(Newser) - A Canadian man died in a McDonald's drive-thru last Wednesday after he dropped his payment card on the ground. Tony Eyles, 42, opened his door to reach for it, but while doing so, his car rolled forward, CTV News reports. It hit a structural part of the restaurant, pinning...

Rock Star Manager Dies While Digging His Dog's Grave

Widow says Mick Brigden likely died immediately

(Newser) - A rock and roll manager and tour director died at his California home last week in a freak accident. Mick Brigden, who managed acts including Humble Pie, Joe Satriani, and Peter Frampton over a decades-long career, was digging a grave for his dog when the accident took place, the Press ...

Atlanta Student Killed in Horrific Elevator Accident

Witnesses say football player was trapped when it went into free-fall

(Newser) - A student athlete in Atlanta was killed in a horrific accident involving an elevator that was apparently long overdue for inspection. Witnesses say three Champion Prep Academy football players boarded the elevator in an upper floor of an apartment building on their way to practice Tuesday afternoon, CBS 46 reports....

Man Dies After 50-Foot Fall From Amusement Park Ride

He was seen hanging from front of chair lift at Lagoon Amusement Park in Utah

(Newser) - A 32-year-old man has died after a 50-foot fall from a ride at an amusement park in Utah—but there's no sign there was any problem with the ride. Disturbing video provided to Fox 13 shows the man dangling from the bar on the front of the chair lift...

Texas Party Boat Flips, One Person Killed

Thunderstorm turned 90-minute party cruise into a tragedy

(Newser) - A boat flipped onto its side in a thunderstorm, and one person is dead. The boat was 40 minutes into a 90-minute party cruise Saturday in Lake Conroe near Houston when a thunderstorm hit, and the boat capsized in choppy water, KPRC reports. There were 53 people aboard, authorities from...

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