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August 15, 1985
University of Nebraska tight end Brian Hiemer died Wednesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. Hiemer, 21, apparently shot himself with a .22-caliber rifle Tuesday at his parents' home in Shelby, Neb. The police said it did not look like an accidental death. Hiemer, 6-3, 215 pounds, shared tight end duties last season with Todd Frain. He was expected to do the same this season. "All of us have a great deal of sympathy for Brian's family," Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne said.
March 16, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Survive and Advance," which premieres Sunday on ESPN as part of its excellent "30 for 30" series of sports documentaries, is a sweet and moving depiction of the sweet and moving story of the 1983 North Carolina State men's basketball team, the Wolfpack, and its colorful coach, Jim Valvano. You will need a handkerchief or two to get through it, unless you are some sort of soulless, inhuman monster. Directed by Jonathan Hock ("Unguarded"), it is a tale of great deeds, inspiring speeches, comical sound bites and big, long hugs in what was a legendary time for college basketball - the days when Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing were still in school and players tended to stick around for three or even four years of play rather than taking off early for the pros: "The games were better," says University of North Carolina Coach Roy Williams.
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. "At this point we think it is an accidental death.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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