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Saturday
Dec082012

Dallas Cowboys Player Kills Teammate in DWI Accident

Irving Police Department(DALLAS) -- Josh Price-Brent, a 24-year-old defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys, is charged with intoxication manslaughter after a single-vehicle accident that killed 25-year-old line backer Jerry Brown Jr., according to the Irving Police Department.

Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said the accident occurred around 2:21 a.m. on Saturday in the Dallas suburb, and Price-Brent was speeding when the vehicle hit a curb and flipped over.

Officers arrived on the scene and identified Price-Brent as the driver. The passenger, Brown Jr., was transported to a local hospital and was later pronounced deceased.

Police believe Price-Brent may have been intoxicated after giving him a sobriety test and are testing Price-Brent's blood samples for confirmation.

Price-Brent is being held at Irving City Jail.

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Friday
Nov302012

WATCH: Pregnant Georgia Woman Rescued from Mangled Car

Morrow Police Department(MORROW, Ga.) -- A pregnant woman is recovering after quick-thinking firefighters and police worked together to pull her out of her mangled car.

The accident happened Wednesday in Morrow, Ga., 15 miles south of Atlanta, when the woman was driving a silver Toyota on Interstate 75.  Just before the Jonesboro exit, her car flipped over, sending her vehicle flying through the air and over another car also traveling on I-75.  The turbulent ordeal finally ended when her car came to a stop on a set of railroad tracks.

“The car was airborne and literally drove over the other car and continued airborne as it finally rested on the tracks,” said Capt. James Callaway of the Morrow Police Department.  ”In my 18 years with law enforcement, this is one of the strangest motor accidents I think I’ve ever seen.”

Morrow police have identified the pregnant driver as Taneka Grace.  The driver of the other vehicle involved is identified as Melissa Stenson and the passenger, Randolph Vaughn.

Callaway responded to the scene seconds after the emergency call, which was placed by his lieutenant, who witnessed the crash.  When he arrived, Callaway said Grace was incoherent but conscious.

When first responders arrived on the scene, they noticed gas leaking from the undercarriage of Grace’s car as it rested on the train tracks.

“She was visibly in pain and our first intention was to get her out of that car,” said Callaway.  “We contacted the railroad company and told them to stop all railroad traffic in the area.”

As onlookers watched, Callaway and members from the Morrow Fire and Police department worked to free Grace from the car while making sure no one else was in danger.

She was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, a trauma center, while Stenson and Vaughn were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Grace remains in serious condition.  Stenson and Vaughn have both been treated and released, according to the Morrow Police Department.

Police investigators met with Grace inside the hospital on Thursday to get a statement from her as they try to figure out what led to the bizarre crash.

“We’re still looking into what caused the crash.  It’s going to be a very hard investigation,” said Callaway.  “We need to determine speed and actual cause.”

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Monday
Jul232012

Texas Highway Accident Kills 14

Texas Department of Public Safety(GOLIAD, Texas) -- A highway accident just north of Corpus Christi, Texas, left 14 people dead and 9 injured when a pickup truck carrying 23 people ran off the highway and struck two trees.

A white 2000 Ford pickup was heading north on U.S. 59 near the small town of Goliad late Sunday night carrying 23 people inside the truck's cab and bed when it veered off of the right side of the highway and crashed into two large trees, Gerald Bryant of the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

"This is the most people I've seen in any passenger vehicle, and I've been an officer for 38 years," Bryant told ABC News.

Six of those killed were still inside the truck when emergency crews arrived to find the severely damaged vehicle, Bryant said. Of those who died, 11 were men and three were female.

The Border Patrol is now assisting with the investigation, Bryant said.

"It's unknown whether or not the victims were illegal," he said.

At least 11 people were air-lifted to several different hospitals, including a Corpus Christi hospital, ABC News affiliate KZTV reported. One person died while being transported to the emergency room.

Many of the passengers were thrown from the truck, with one found about 50 or 60 feet away, and the jaws of life had to be used to get some people out of the truck's cab, according to KZTV.

Men, women and children were reportedly in truck when it crashed.

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Tuesday
Jul172012

Kerry Kennedy Pleads Not Guilty, Says Seizure Caused Erratic Driving

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kerry Kennedy pleaded not guilty Tuesday to driving under the influence of drugs, and said that a seizure caused the erratic driving that led to a collision with a tractor-trailer last week.

Kennedy, a human rights activist and the daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was seen driving erratically in Westchester, N.Y., Friday before she collided with the truck. She allegedly continued driving and was later found slumped over the wheel of her car, reportedly unable to remember what had happened.

In the wake of the accident, Kennedy, 52, said to police she might have taken the prescription drug Ambien, sources said. Kennedy was arrested and charged with driving while impaired.

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Rocco Scuitello, the driver of the truck that Kennedy hit, told the New York Post Tuesday, "My first impression was that she was really, really drunk, half asleep or very, very intoxicated. She's very lucky she didn't kill somebody."

"When she hit me, my left tire tore up her passenger-side door, and the lug nuts on my truck tore up her tire, just shredded through it and peeled the tire right off," Scuitello said.

"She woke up a little bit, not a lot, not the way you'd wake up if you'd just hit a 6,000-pound truck. The only thing she wanted to do then was get away, because she floored it and took off."

Kerry Kennedy's family said in a statement released to ABC News that there were no drugs involved.

The results of Kennedy's toxicology tests are pending.

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Tuesday
Jul172012

Kerry Kennedy to Plead Not Guilty to Driving Under the Influence

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kerry Kennedy will plead not guilty on Tuesday to driving under the influence of drugs after a collision with a tractor-trailer last week, ABC News has learned.

Authorities say Kennedy, a human rights activist and the daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was seen driving erratically in Westchester, N.Y., on Friday when she collided with the truck.  She allegedly continued driving and was later found slumped over the wheel of her car, reportedly unable to remember what had happened.

In the wake of the accident, Kennedy, 52, said to police she might have taken the prescription drug Ambien, sources said.  Kennedy was arrested and charged with driving while impaired.

"We know in my family that this is out of character for Kerry, and we're worried about this as anybody would be when a loved one is in a car accident," her cousin and former Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy said.

He said the family is unsure what happened with his cousin last week.

Rocco Scuitello, the driver of the truck that Kerry Kennedy hit, told the New York Post on Tuesday, "My first impression was that she was really, really drunk, half asleep or very, very intoxicated.  She's very lucky she didn't kill somebody."

"When she hit me, my left tire tore up her passenger-side door, and the lug nuts on my truck tore up her tire, just shredded through it and peeled the tire right off," Scuitello said.  "She woke up a little bit, not a lot, not the way you'd wake up if you'd just hit a 6,000-pound truck.  The only thing she wanted to do then was get away, because she floored it and took off."

Patrick Kennedy said he was with his cousin at a wedding last week and that the accusations are completely out of character.

Kerry Kennedy's family said in a statement released to ABC News that there were no drugs involved.

"Kerry Kennedy voluntarily took breathalyzer, blood and urine tests -- all of which showed no drugs or alcohol whatsoever in her system.  The charges were filed before the test results were available," the Kennedy family said in a statement released Friday.

The results of Kennedy's toxicology tests are pending.

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Tuesday
Jun262012

Missouri Party Host Blamed in Teen's Fatal Drunk Accident

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- On Halloween 2009, as Kenneth Blake, 19, was driving himself home from a party at which he had gotten drunk, he hit another car, killing Laura Reynolds, 16.  Nearly three years later, a Missouri judge is considering whether the party's host, Sandra Triebel, 46, should be tried on a charge of second-degree involuntary manslaughter for serving Blake drinks.

The state has never convicted an alcohol provider in connection with fatal drunk driving accidents, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Baker said.  But she said her office charged Triebel in Reynolds' death because she mixed the drinks herself in her Kansas City home, knew that Blake was a minor when she served him alcohol, and knew that he was intoxicated when he got into his car.  That level of criminal negligence warrants an involuntary manslaughter charge, she said.

"We're not out to get every social host in Missouri, but this is close enough to the line that it merited the charge, merited the prosecution," Baker said.  "When children are under our custody and control, we have a duty of care."

But under Missouri civil law, Triebel cannot be "held liable for the conduct of a third party," no matter how tragic its effect, said Tiffany Leuty, Triebel's public defender.

In a brief she filed before Jackson County Judge Peggy McGraw, Leuty argued that the involuntary manslaughter charge should be thrown out, since Missouri courts have for years ruled that "furnishing alcoholic beverages is not the proximate cause of injuries by intoxicated persons."

In a hearing before McGraw last week, Assistant Prosecutor Janette Rodecap pointed to a 2003 Pennsylvania case in which an appeals court upheld a woman's manslaughter conviction under circumstances similar to Triebel's.  Rodecap acknowledged that the Pennsylvania ruling was not legally relevant to Triebel's case, but argued that it showed the proper way to understand a party host's responsibility in such situations.

McGraw is expected to issue a ruling in the next two weeks on whether to allow the charge.

Triebel also faces charges of providing alcohol to a minor and allowing a minor to drink intoxicating liquor on her property.  Her trial is scheduled for September.

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Thursday
Jun142012

Colorado Woman Kills Family of Five: Were Seizures to Blame?

ABC News(DENVER) -- Jurors will begin deciding Thursday morning whether a Colorado woman ignored the medical advice of doctors not to operate a vehicle when she plowed her SUV into a pickup truck, killing a family of five.

Prosecutors say Monica Chavez, driving more than 100 miles per hour with her two kids, apparently had a seizure when she entered an intersection, went airborne and smashed into two cars on a Thornton, Colo., street on Feb. 17, 2011.  Randy and Crystaldawn Stollsteimer, and their kids, Sebastian, Darrian, and Cyrus, died instantly.

Prosecutors say Chavez should not have been behind the wheel because of another seizure-like episode she had in 2006.  After the 2006 episode, doctors told Chavez in the emergency room that she should not drive until cleared by a neurologist, prosecutor Tiffany Score said.

She ignored the order, according to prosecutors, but defense attorneys counter that Chavez saw her own doctor who was not convinced she'd had a seizure.

"No doctor will tell you that she should not have been driving five years after something that they never called a seizure," defense attorney Megan Downing said.  "She was told she was fine and that's why she was in the car that day."

Chavez suffered another seizure at a McDonalds in August 2010, according to prosecutors.  Chavez's husband, George, said the 2010 incident didn't raise a red flag because he thought she just blacked out from suffering a heat stroke, according to ABC News affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver.

Chavez is facing five counts of negligent homicide and two counts of child abuse for putting her own children in danger.  It will all come down to 10 women and two men who will decide whether she is a victim of mixed medical advice and bad judgment or a criminal who deserves prison.

"I think the fact that there is such a long timeframe in between the two seizures may really cut against the prosecution," Annemarie McAvoy of Fordham University School of Law in New York said.

The Chavez case has received renewed national attention after Commerce Secretary John Bryson was charged with a felony hit-and-run last weekend after he says he suffered a seizure while driving.  Bryson was found blacked out after hitting two cars.  No one was injured.

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Wednesday
May162012

Pennsylvania Couple Tired of Cars Crashing Into Home

File Photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(EASTON, Pa.) -- A Pennsylvania couple has found themselves in an all-too-familiar situation this week when a car crashed into their home for the fourth time, the third time in the past six months.

Sonya and Wade Schenewolf, of Easton, Pa., were getting ready for their day on Tuesday morning when they heard a loud booming sound from outside. Unfortunately, they knew what it was before going outside. A car had hit their house, again -- the third time that’s happened in just the last six months.

“My house got hit in December, my house got hit in March and my house got hit in May,” Sonya Schenewolf said with disbelief. “And a year before that, my car and my garage got hit.”

She has had serious damage to her garage, car and front porch from the various accidents.

“This is a 30 miles per hour zone. We do live on a curve and our house is close to the road, but, recently, the township put in a two-lane bridge directly across from my house,” she said. “If you come across that bridge and you don’t stop, you’re in my house.”

Schenewolf said Tuesday’s accident was caused by a speeding driver. She believes he was going approximately 65 mph in the 30 mph zone.

The couple has wanted to put a boulder in front of their house to prevent accidents from damaging their home, but they said they have been told that such an obstacle would make them liable for any damage to a rogue driver.

Tuesday’s accident happened just 15 minutes before Wade Schenewolf was about to head to his car in the driveway to leave for work.

“If we would have been in his vehicle, he would have been killed,” his wife said.

She estimates that she has $40,000 in property damages and the man who hit the house has $5,000 in property damage coverage.

The couple plans to go to township officials to fight for a boulder.

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Monday
Apr302012

Authorities Investigating Fatal Bronx Zoo Crash

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Authorities are investigating the cause of Sunday's fatal crash on the Bronx River Parkway that killed seven family members.

Investigators say the van carrying four adults and three children swerved out of control and plunged 50 to 60 feet into the Bronx Zoo near 177th Street on Sunday. The victims were trapped inside the vehicle and died before rescue teams could save them, the New York City Fire Department and Emergency Management officials reported.

"We believe that the driver may have struck the jersey barrier," NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told WABC-TV. "And reacting to striking that barrier, the driver makes a severe right-hand turn and goes over the side wall, which is a 60-foot drop."

The victims were identified by WABC-TV as Jacob Nunez, 85, Ana Julia Martinez, 81, both from the Dominican Republic; along with Maria Gonzalez,45, Maria Nunez, 39, Jocelyn Gonzalez, 10, Niely Rosario, 7, and Marly Rosario, 3. Officials are expected to release the official causes of death on Monday.

No zoo visitors or animals were injured, officials said.

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Friday
Mar022012

Three Students Killed in Wrong-Way Crash

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BOWLING GREEN, Ohio) -- A wrong way crash in Ohio involving five students on their way to Spring break left four people dead and two critically injured early Friday morning.

Sixteen Alpha Xi Delta sorority sisters from Bowling Green State University were heading to the airport in several cars for a Dominican Republic Spring break trip.

Around 2:15 a.m. on Interstate 75, south of Toledo, one of the cars with five of the sorority sisters was hit by a car going the wrong way, confirms Ohio State Patrol.

The driver of the wrong-way car, Winifred Lein, 69, of Perry, Ohio, was traveling alone.

Lein died in the crash along with junior Rebekah Blakkolb, 20, of Aurora, Ohio; sophomore Christina Goyett, 19, of Bay City, Mich.; and junior Sarah Hammond, 21, of Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Freshman Angelica Mormile, 19, of Garfield Heights, Ohio, and Kayla Somoles, 19, of Cleveland are listed in critical condition at Mercy St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo.

The Ohio State Patrol received a call about the wrong-way driver minutes before the crash and was in the process of trying to find the driver.

Students in one of the other cars witnessed the crash and were able to provide troopers information, Lt. Dean Laubacher of Ohio Highway Patrol told ABC local affiliate WTVG.

“To say they were traumatized would be an understatement,” Laubacher said.

WTVG also obtained 911 calls made before the crash.  At least three separate calls were made reporting the car driving southbound on the northbound side.  The final call requested medical assistance to the scene of the crash.

Bowling Green President Mary Ellen Mazey posted on the university’s Facebook page, “It’s hard to comprehend the loss of such young lives, and we feel deeply for their families and friends. The University mourns them and we will miss them greatly.”

The university is offering grief counseling, available to all students.

Alpha Xi Delta fraternity released a statement encouraging members to send notes of condolences to the chapter in Bowling Green.

The crash remains under investigation.

Lein was previously cited for a lane-change violation in September 2002. He pled guilty to a $61 traffic violation involving driving safely within parked lanes.

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