August 6, 2013 |
Central Michigan women's soccer player Josie Seebeck, seriously injured in an automobile accident on Friday, died Monday, the university announced. Seebeck, 19, and two other Central Michigan soccer players were hurt when their vehicle crashed and rolled over Friday. The Central Michigan athletic department said one player is hospitalized and another was released after spending the night at the hospital. The school has not released the names of the other players. "This is a tragic loss for our family and for the Central Michigan family," Seebeck's family said in a statement.
August 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Department of Transportation announced steps Monday to combat a recent rise in pedestrian deaths that it said was partially due to what Secretary Anthony Foxx called "distracted walking. " Walking while texting or listening to music, or while on drugs, may have contributed to the increase, Foxx said. "Distracted driving, distracted walking, if that can be a phrase. … Their behaviors as they are driving or walking can impact our ability to keep people safe," Foxx said.
August 5, 2013 |
Austin Hatch, a teenager from Fort Wayne, Ind., who has survived two horrific plane crashes that killed five family members, is moving to Los Angeles to try to resume a basketball career he hopes will be continued a year from now at the University of Michigan. Hatch is relocating to Pasadena to live with an uncle for his senior year of high school and has enrolled at Los Angeles Loyola, which begins classes on Aug. 26. A 6-foot-6 forward, he committed to Michigan when he was a sophomore, before he suffered a serious head injury, broken ribs and a punctured lung during a plane crash on June 24, 2011.
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August 4, 2013 |
A man was being treated at a Fresno hospital after being hit by flying debris during the demolition of an old power plant in Bakersfield on Saturday morning. Pieces of metal ejected from inside the plant during the implosion had struck a 43-year-old man, severing part of one leg, and seriously injured another spectator, Bakersfield Police Lt. Scott Tunnicliffe said. The police department put out a statement adding “the male victim suffered a traumatic partial amputation of one leg and major injuries to the other.” Several thousand people had gathered by 6 a.m. to watch the planned implosion of a closed steam power plant owned by Pacific Gas and Electric, according to police and Denny Boyles, a spokesman for the company.
July 30, 2013 |
Texas A&M officials said Tuesday that defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu died Monday in an automobile accident in Albuquerque, N.M. Manukainiu was a 19-year-old redshirt freshman. Also killed in the crash were Gaius Vaenuku, an incoming member of the Utah football team, and Andrew Uhatafe. All three were from the town of Euless, Texas. The driver of the vehicle and another passenger, whose names have not been released, were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. New Mexico police say Manukainiu was a passenger in a 2002 Toyota Sequoia traveling southbound on U.S. 550. The vehicle drifted off of the road, the driver overcorrected, and the vehicle rolled several times.
July 23, 2013 |
Most journalists have covered certain stories that stuck with them through the years. For me, one of those was Brandon Zucker. Brandon was 4 years old when he tumbled out of a vehicle on the Roger Rabbit ride at Disneyland in 2000. The details are gruesome; it's enough to say that Brandon's little body was cramped into a position that didn't allow him to breathe for several minutes, along with other injuries. He was left severely brain-damaged, unable to speak, walk or interact in meaningful ways.
July 14, 2013 |
CLERMONT, Fla. - The ring sits in a black box at the bottom of a tan ostrich-skin briefcase, the contents of which have been unchanged for two decades. This was Tim Crews' briefcase. It once accompanied him to Dodger Stadium. Now it sits buried in the back of a closet, under some clothes, from where it is gently removed and carefully unlocked only on special occasions. Laurie Crews places the briefcase on a coffee table, slowly runs her hands over its faded leather, and asks her youngest son Travis to open it. It's the 25th anniversary of her late husband's greatest triumph.
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July 13, 2013 |
An overturned tanker truck carrying thousands of gallons of gas poured a "burning river of fuel" through storm drains in the Elysian Valley area Saturday, snarling traffic on the 5 Freeway near downtown for most of the day, officials said. Some of the burning fuel made its way into the L.A. River, setting the water aflame. Fire authorities said there were no injuries. The tanker was carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline when it overturned at the junction of the 2 and 5 freeways north of downtown Saturday morning.
July 11, 2013 |
Almost 20 years later, Jeff Denholm still remembers in detail the first time he got back on a surfboard after the accident. It was a cold October morning at Gooch's Beach in Kennebunk, Maine, when Denholm and his five remaining inches of right arm waded into the 30-degree water. Attached to his nub was a plastic cup stitched inside a wet suit. On the outside, Denholm glued a piece of hard rubber with a rudimentary scoop at the end. For 30 minutes, he side-stroked out, wondering how his self-made prosthesis would hold up as each large wave knocked him and his board backward.
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July 8, 2013 |
An off-duty Hawthorne Police Department officer on a motorcycle was killed in an accident that has snarled traffic on the eastbound 105 Freeway, authorities said. Investigators at the scene on the eastbound freeway at Long Beach Boulevard confirmed that the fatality was an off-duty Hawthorne officer, CHP Officer Tatiana Sauquillo told The Times. She said the the slow lane and right shoulder of the busy east-west freeway were open. The other lanes were expected to remain closed for at least two hours.