October 23, 1999 |
A parachutist plunged to her death off Yosemite's most forbidding peak Friday during a protest of park rules banning such jumps. Jan Davis, a 60-year-old Santa Barbara resident, was the fourth of five jumpers in the protest, which was organized in response to the June 9 drowning death of a jumper who successfully parachuted off El Capitan, only to drown in the river below while trying to flee rangers. "The first three were beautiful. And then she jumped.
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June 3, 2013 |
A busy weekend at Yosemite National Park saw rare back-to-back fatalities after a man was swept over a 600-foot waterfall and another was struck by a falling rock while climbing El Capitan, officials said. Numbers show that accidental deaths at the park are not up overall compared to last year, and officials stressed that two fatalities in one weekend is rare. "It's not very often that this happens," park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said. On Saturday, a 19-year-old Sacramento man visiting the park with a church group stopped along the popular Mist Trail for a swim above Nevada fall, officials said.
January 20, 2000 |
A predawn blaze sent thick black smoke swirling through a dormitory at Seton Hall University on Wednesday while hundreds of students slept, killing three people and injuring 62 others on the South Orange, N.J., campus. Screaming undergraduates fled into the freezing cold, although authorities said some students delayed leaving the dorm because a series of recent false alarms had lulled them into a sense of security.
July 27, 1998 |
Three spectators were killed and six others injured by a wheel and other crash debris that flew into the stands in the U.S. 500, a CART championship at Michigan Speedway in which most of the drivers did not know of the tragedy until after the race. The accident, the worst involving spectators in a major modern U.S. race, occurred on lap 175 of the 250-lap race when pole-sitter Adrian Fernandez lost control of his Reynard-Ford and it slid into the wall at better than 200 mph.
June 28, 1992 |
Only auto accidents and drownings account for more accidental deaths among children than shootings, according to federal health authorities. From 1982 to 1988, more than 3,600 children under age 19 died in accidental shootings, most of which occurred at home, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control.
November 20, 2000 |
Seven people were killed after a head-on crash involving a van and a pickup truck carrying two California families near this northern Arizona town, authorities said. The state Department of Public Safety in Flagstaff said a van with 18 people inside--all from several generations of one California family heading home from the Grand Canyon--collided Saturday with a truck carrying four people. The van overturned and exploded.
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December 20, 1995 |
* March 31, 1993: Actor Brandon Lee was accidentally killed by a .44-caliber slug during the filming of "The Crow." The slug was fired from a prop gun that was supposed to be loaded with blanks. * Jan. 3, 1992: A worker was crushed to death between two lighting equipment cranes on the set of the Kevin Costner movie "The Bodyguard." * Aug.
January 12, 1987 |
An Israeli tank fired on a village in southern Lebanon and killed an Irish U.N. soldier, officials said Sunday. The U.N. commander protested to Israel, and Ireland said it will reconsider its peacekeeping role. A spokesman for the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon--UNIFIL--said the Irish contingent had fired flares to warn the Israelis to stop firing on the village of Braachit six miles north of the border Saturday night, but the Israelis persisted, killing Cpl.
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September 1, 1999 |
A third-year MIT student from Mission Viejo was found dead in his dorm room early Tuesday, apparently from an overdose of nitrous oxide, authorities said. Richard Andrew Guy, 22, was found by another student in his East Campus residence hall on the Cambridge, Mass., campus about 12:20 a.m., officials said. "It looks like an accidental death from nitrous oxide," said Frank Pasquarello, a spokesman for the Cambridge Police Dept. "Apparently he was breathing it in.
April 4, 1991 |
Left-handers tend to die, on average, about nine years earlier than right-handers, according to a surprising and controversial new study published today by California and Canadian researchers. In analyzing data on nearly 1,000 deaths in San Bernardino and Riverside counties over a period of several months, two psychologists found that male and female left-handers were much more likely to die as a result of industrial and vehicular accidents, and somewhat more likely to die from other causes.