August 23, 2017

More bizarre deaths

Part of an intermittent series, these short snippets of untimely and unexpected deaths can not begin to hint at the grief and loss their families and friends will experience for years to come.  May their memory be a blessing. May they all Rest in Peace and perpetual light shine upon them. 

Mountain biker, 24, is struck and killed by lightning in front of his horrified girlfriend

John Huisjen was mountain biking outside Telluride, Colorado, Sunday afternoon when a storm rolled in and he was struck by lightning. His girlfriend, Caitlin Lucas, was also hurt but was able to run for help. An off-duty EMT tried to revive Huisjen with  CPR before paramedics arrived but his efforts failed.

 Josh Huisjen Struck Lightening

12 people are crushed to death when a tree crashes down on crowds during religious festival

At least 50 people were injured, including a baby in a pram, when a 200-year-old oak came down over dozens of people waiting to buy candles outside a church as a procession was leaving during the Festa da Senhora do Monte, a festival celebrating the island's patron saint in Monte, a village on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Two 19-year-old friends die after falling 150-feet off a cliff in 'freak accident' while climbing Mount Hood

The bodies of Emma Place and Emily Lang were found on rocks at the base of a waterfall six miles from the Timberline Lodge on Saturday. Authorities said the women had set up camp at the top of a waterfall and it appeared they lost their footing on the slippery rocks and fell.

Mother is electrocuted by her child's dirty diaper.

A mother, named as Annu, was electrocuted by her child's dirty nappy after it hit a power cable after she threw it off  the terrace of her relative's home in southwest Delhi's Bindapur, India.  The diaper is said to have struck an overhead power cable as she launched it towards a patch of open land.  'She got a strong electric jolt from the wire and was thrown back on the roof. The intensity of the shock was so strong that her clothes caught fire, resulting in burn injuries.'  She was taken to hospital, but was later pronounced dead.

Women's body  'cut in half' by an elevator as she was transported on a stretcher moments after giving birth

A husband heard a 'loud blow' as his wife's body was 'cut in half' by a lift as she was transported on a stretcher moments after giving birth.  Rocío Cortés Núñez, 25, who lived in the town of Dos Hermanas near Seville, is said to have been killed as she was transported on a stretcher between the second and third floors of the Valme Hospital in Seville, southern Spain. She was being taken to a maternity unit after waking up following a C-section...One local report said the lift began to function unexpectedly before Rocio was fully in and the doors had closed, causing her head to become trapped.

 Rocioz Cortes Nunez

Man 'Killed By Boat Propeller' While Spreading Father's Ashes

59-year-old Robert Louis from Lake Orion, Michigan died shortly after he and six other passengers fell out of their boat in Lake Superior.  The group was on a 19 foot wooden kit boat, and were out to honor the final wishes of Louis' father who died two weeks earlier after years of battling Alzheimer's.

A witness from shore told police he saw the boat take a sharp turn for reasons unknown at this time, spilling everyone on the boat into Lake Superior. Police say the the throttle was still open when everyone fell out. "What I gathered from the information was, he tried to grab the boat as it was circling around him or them and the prop hit him and I'm not sure if it made it so he couldn't swim or if it injured him bad enough to be life threatening," ...

Woman, 50, on vacation with her daughter and two friends 'falls off a rooftop deck balcony after laughing very hard' during a holiday in Mexico and dies of her injuries

Sharon Regoli Ciferno, 50, a sixth-grade social studies teacher in western Pennsylvania, was sitting on a rooftop deck bench that had no back. She started laughing very hard, threw her head back, lost her balance and fell off. 

 Sharon Regoli Ciferno

Couple tragically killed in a boating accident while watching the total solar eclipse in Idaho

 Idaho Couple Killed Solar Eclipse

Elaine and Neal Jenkins were in a boat being operated by Mike Kingston when all three were ejected while trying to complete a turn in the water. The boat then struck all three of them as it turned in circles around them.  Rescuers were stymied as the boat spun out of control until it finally ran out of gas and they could finally move in.  Kingston was taken by helicopter to hospital where his condition remains unknown. 

Susanna DeForest, 20, suddenly started vomiting while on a hiking trip with friends in Colorado and died from 'acute altitude sickness'

Two of her friends left to get help while another stayed with DeForest on the trail. Rescuers weren't to reach DeForest and by the time they arrived she had died. Police said the friends left a bit late in the afternoon but had the proper gear, water and food and were prepared to spend the night at the hot springs and hike out the next day. The Conundrum Creek Trail  takes almost a full day to complete, with '5-8 hours to hike in and 3-6 hours to hike out, on average'. It's described as highly elevated, 'beginning at about 8,000 feet and ending at about 11,200 feet' and 'almost entirely uphill' on the trek in.

 Susanna Deforest

American woman, 26, dies from food poisoning on bucket list trip to Mexico before she lost her sight

 Alexandra Noghaven+Sister

Alexandra Noghaven, 26, (right) died suddenly in Mexico City from diabetes complications while she was trying to see the world before she went blind. She was traveling with her sister Genevieve 'Jonvi' Del Sol (left) who posted this picture the day after Noghaven died.  On the night of August 15, Noghaven had a bout of food poisoning and the next day the US Embassy called her mother Anne Jackaway in Miami to tell her that Noghaven had died.  Jackaway said 'She spent her free time off traveling the world and seeing what would be lost to her.' Jackaway believes the food poisoning 'probably sent her blood sugars out of whack so she didn’t realize her vulnerability falling asleep'.
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