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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1998
A 16-year-old youth shot himself to death, apparently by accident, while toying with a loaded handgun in front of his friends, police said Tuesday. Jose Montoya, a junior at Valle Lindo Continuation High School, died shortly after 8 p.m. Monday from a gunshot wound to the head, officials said. "He pulls out a .38-caliber revolver from his waistband and points it at his temple, saying, 'Look at me,' and laughing," said El Monte Police Det. David Lazzarini.
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WORLD
June 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Accidental death has not been ruled out in the disappearance of an Alabama honors student in Aruba, despite the arrest of two men, authorities said. Police and the FBI kept up a search for 18-year-old Natalee Holloway. Officials said the two suspects had not been charged, contrary to previous reports. A spokeswoman for the attorney general said authorities initially had misspoken while trying to explain the situation to reporters in English, a second language in the Dutch territory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1991
The Department of Public Works issued a report Wednesday that outlined procedural changes for the use of heavy-construction machinery in the Skid Row area, after the accidental death of a homeless man run over by a street sweeper in September. An investigation found that police and city escorts did not warn the driver of a city skip loader that the victim, Michael Steriotti, was sleeping uncovered in the path of the sweeper, the report stated.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Philip Seymour Hoffman died accidentally of acute drug intoxication, New York officials announced Friday. Hoffman, an Oscar-winning actor as well as a producer and director, was found in his Manhattan apartment Feb. 2. Drugs, including heroin, were found on the scene. In an email, the office of New York's chief medical examiner confirmed that Hoffman, who had battled addiction, had died from “acute mixed drug intoxication” with substances including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1994 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The California Supreme Court held Monday that the Orange County survivors of a man who voluntarily ingested cocaine and died of an overdose cannot collect life insurance benefits intended to cover deaths by "accidental means." In a 5-2 decision, the court said that the death was not caused by "accidental means" because the deceased could have reasonably anticipated that death or great bodily injury would occur from ingesting a hazardous, illegal drug.
HEALTH
June 11, 2007 | From Times wire reports
The nation's accidental death rate has been gradually creeping higher and is up 12% compared to the lowest rate on record, in 1992, according to a report released Thursday by the National Safety Council. The independent, nonprofit group warned that if the trend continues, the nation could surpass the all-time high of 116,385 accidental deaths, set in 1969. From 1969 until 1992, the rate of accidental deaths -- a number adjusted for population growth -- steadily declined.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1995 | JULIE TAMAKI
Autopsy results released Thursday have determined that a 16-month-old toddler drowned, apparently after crawling through a dog door of an Arleta home and falling into a spa, authorities said. Family members discovered Jessica Castillo floating in the spa Wednesday afternoon and had her rushed to Pacifica Hospital of the Valley, where she was pronounced dead about 5:20 p.m., police said. An autopsy was performed on the toddler Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2012 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
Criminal proceedings against UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran took a bizarre turn Thursday when the defense alleged in court papers that the state's chief investigator in the accidental death of a lab worker committed murder as a teenager in 1985. The investigator, Brian Baudendistel, denied it. "It's not true," he told The Times earlier this week. "Look, it's not me. " Baudendistel, a senior special investigator for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, was instrumental in building the criminal case against Harran and UCLA with a 95-page report that blamed both in the death of 23-year-old Sheharbano "Sheri" Sangji.
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