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Thursday
Jun072012

Police Wrongly Tell Woman Her Husband Died in Motorcycle Collision

Melody Halls(MEDICINE HAT, Alberta) -- When officers told Melody Halls, 31, that her husband died early Tuesday morning in a motorcycle accident, she went immediately to the first stage of grief: denial.

And she was right.

Two Alberta, Canada, police officers and a grief counselor arrived at Halls' Medicine Hat, Canada, home and told her to sit down.  Once they asked whether her husband had tattoos, they told her he'd been killed in a 1 a.m. collision, Halls told ABC News.

"As soon as he said that, I knew something was wrong. ... I'd seen my husband at 7 a.m.," Halls said.  "It was instant disbelief because it's the worst thing that anyone can ever say to you -- that your husband has been killed this morning."

Halls' husband has tattoos on his forearm and calf, but the officers told her the accident victim had tattoos on his stomach and back, strengthening Halls' conviction that her husband was alive.

Halls led the officers out to the garage.

"Sure enough, the door to our shed was open and the lock was missing off of it," she said.

The motorcycle and helmet were gone.

Police determined the motorcycle had been stolen, and the thief -- whom police have not yet named, but Halls said was a neighbor -- died in the accident.

"Although efforts were made to identify the victim of the collision based on the information available at the time, the Medicine Hat Police Service sincerely apologizes for the distress that was caused to the family of the motorcycle owner, when they were incorrectly notified," Medicine Hat Police Service Deputy Chief Richard Wigle said in a news release.

The service will be reviewing its next-of-kin notification practices, according to the police statement.

With officers in and out all day, Halls had to tell her 9- and 10-year-old children about the mix-up.  They were mostly shocked at the thought of losing their father, she said.

As for her husband?

"He's really upset about his motorcycle being stolen more than anything," she said.  "And that somebody died crashing it."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Mar072012

Four Killed, 10 Injured in Afghan Motorcycle Bomb Attack

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- At least four people were killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday.

The blast was spurred by a remote-controlled bomb that was hidden in a motorcycle parked in Spin Boldak, a border town in Kandahar province.

Among the fatalities were a woman and a child.

At least 10 others, including a police officer, were injured, according to the spokesperson of Kandahar's governor.´╗┐

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Dec022011

VIDEO: High-Speed Motorcycle Stunt Goes Wrong, Driver Survives

Zoonar/Thinkstock(PENHA, Brazil) -- A motorcycle stunt rider is lucky to be alive after a misjudgment in distance sent him flying 80 feet through the air during a high-speed, high-risk stunt.

Denis Borges and fellow rider Anderson Sanches were attempting to weave through three oncoming cars during a stunt Nov. 21 at the Beto Carrero World theme park in Penha, Brazil, when Borges misjudged the distance and, drove straight into one of the vehicles.

Video captured by a spectator at the riders’ “Extreme Show” performance shows Sanches successfully making it through the cars, while Borges pops a wheelie and crashes, and is then sent flying through the air.

Borges landed and rolled another 40 feet before finally landing approximately 82 feet from where the crash first occurred. Medics rushed to Borges’s aid as he lay motionless on the ground.

Both he and Sanches, as a precaution, were immediately taken to a nearby hospital but, amazingly, did not sustain serious injuries, according a statement released by Beto Carrero World.

The theme park, the largest in Latin America, also said both men were back at work the next day.

“The drivers are professionals who already have more than 10 years experience and rehearse their maneuvers on a daily basis,” Beto Carrero World said in its statement. “It was a really scary accident, but it also served to show how extreme the show is.”

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Saturday
Nov132010

Afghanistan: Motorcycle Bomb Kills Anti-Taliban Militia Commander

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- A bomb planted in a motorcycle in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz killed a local anti-Taliban militia commander and three of his fighters Saturday. The blast also killed 5 civilians and injured another 15, according to the district governor.

Kunduz has been the epicenter of the deterioration of northern Afghanistan over the last year or so, when the U.S. began shifting some of its Pakistan supply line through Tajikistan. Much of the province is dangerous to travel -- even for locals -- and the need for local communities to create anti-Taliban militias remains high.

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