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Monday, August 23, 2010
Heidi Montag Plastic Surgeon Killed in Malibu Auto Accident
The doctor who performed ten plastic surgery procedures on "star" Heidi Montag was killed on Aug. 16 when his car went over a cliff in Malibu, California. Dr. Frank Ryan, was apparently texting just before the accident.
According to his ex-girlfriend, Charmaine Blake, Dr. Ryan lived on a tiny street up in Malibu and went over the edge of the highway. Police report he suffered blunt force head injuries.
Dr. Ryan was texting about his border collie Jill, who was in the car with him. The last thing he texted before going over the edge was a picture of his dog with a note that said, "Border collie jill surveying the view from atop the sand dune."
The dog survived the accident with injuries to her head, eye and paw.
Blake said her message to people was to learn from Dr. Ryan's death and that "people should not text and drive at all."
Texting while driving is illegal in most states, but that does not stop lots of people from doing it. Some studies report that three to five percent of fatal auto accidents are the result of the driver texting while driving.
posted by Neil at 10:15 AM
Thursday, August 5, 2010
School Bus Crash in Missouri Kills Two
Two buses loaded with students from a high school marching band were involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer truck this morning. The students were being carried to an amusement park when the bus accident occurred. The spokesman from the Missouri Department of Transportation has confirmed that there were two deaths, but it is not known if the victims were on one of the school buses. Dozens of others were injured.
The bus accident occurred on Interstate 44 near Gray Summit, Missouri, over 30 miles west of St. Louis. News footage shows one of the school buses sitting atop the back end of the semi that was traveling without a trailer. The second school bus appears to have rammed into the rear of the first school bus. The students apparently appear to be in good condition, but are being examined nonetheless.
School buses are mostly safe, but accidents involving them occur every year. There are no seatbelts on school buses, though there are occasionally efforts to have them installed via state or federal law. Though the details in the Missouri bus accident are far from clear right now, it is apparent from the still shots of the wreck that the students in the first bus probably didn't stay long in their seats after the collision.
posted by Neil at 11:04 AM
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