THAT SUCKS STORIES: 07-29-14
THAT SUCKS: 32 CARS DESTROYED IN WENTZVILLE APARTMENT FIRE
Thirty-two cars are either damaged or destroyed after a carport went up in flames at a Lake St. Louis apartment complex early Monday morning. The fire happened at the Camden Cedar Lake Apartments in Lake St. Louis near Highway 40. It caused extensive damage. The carport is gone. Ananta Poolla was one of several residents awakened by the explosion-like sounds. His Ford Escape was destroyed in the carport. “By the time I came out, I saw it, it was completely in flames. For a second I thought maybe I can save it but then there was no point in it,” said Poolla. Samantha Brown`s car was damaged. “I woke up to a scream and I looked out my window and I saw the car on fire. So I grabbed my phone and started running out and called 911. And I got out there and there was a bunch of smoke,” said Brown. Some like Lauren Conwell`s fiancé raced to move their cars before the flames spread. “He ran out, ran across here, his car was right behind the moped, started it as quick as he could,” explained Conwell. Firefighters received the call around 3:00am after a newspaper delivery woman noticed the fire. “With all those vehicles involved along with the parking structure, the plywood involved in that, it spread pretty quick, it was overwhelming for the first crew no doubt,” said John Schneider, the Assistant Chief with the Wentzville Fire Protection District. Fortunately, the apartment buildings weren’t damaged and no one was hurt. However, some apartment residents were evacuated when the fire first started. The state fire marshal was called in to help the authorities with the Wentzville Fire Protection District find a cause.
THAT SUCKS: MAN IN ALTON ROLLED WHILE BUYING PHONE
An Alton man saw a great deal on a cell phone on Facebook and decided to meet up with the sellers, but he soon realized the deal was too good to be true. Justin Allsman agreed to meet three men at an East Alton McDonald’s parking-lot off Broadway. When he gave the men $175 for the phone, the men gave him the wrong phone and ran off to a waiting getaway car. “I was like, damn I’m being robbed. I was shocked. I was more worried about my girlfriend when I saw the gun,” said Allsman. Allman said the man hit him with a pistol and they had a bat sitting in the center console of their car. While the assault continued, he tried holding onto the car while the men sped off. “They probably [dragged] me like 100 feet,” said Allman. Alton Police arrested one suspect, 18-year-old Rebecca Starnes. But police are still looking for more suspects. “[Police] said well this happened the night before too, but we didn’t have any leads,” said Allsman.
THAT SUCKS: WOMAN DIES IN ATV ACCIDENT
A 53-year-old woman is dead from injuries sustained in an all-terrain vehicle accident in eastern Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that Donna Dammrich of Berryman, Missouri, died Saturday on a rural road in Washington County. Dammrich was driving a 2013 Honda Rancher ATV when it left the roadway and struck a tree. She was thrown from the ATV and landed in a ravine. Dammrich was pronounced dead at the scene.
THAT SUCKS: FIREFIGHTER LOSES HAND TO BACTERIA
A Rhode Island firefighter who got an infection after being pricked by a thorn has lost his hand to flesh-eating bacteria. Thirty-two-year-old Braden Leonard, of Newport, says he was biking in Ballard Park in June when he fell and a thorn pricked his right hand. The nine-year veteran of the Johnston Fire Department had inflammation, fever and fatigue, and his friends persuaded him to go to the emergency room. Doctors diagnosed the rare necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as a flesh-eating infection. They amputated the hand to stop the infection's spread. He was in the hospital for 10 days.
THAT SUCKS: WOMAN RAN OVER HERSELF IN A PARKING GARAGE
What is it about parking garages that turns people into horrible drivers? I mean . . . usually people aren't THIS horrible, but still. A 54-year-old woman from Georgia was staying at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Massachusetts yesterday and was leaving the parking garage. Apparently, she stepped out of her car while it was in gear, it started rolling backwards, knocked her over . . . and ran her over. Fortunately she was able to get out from under the car. She was taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition. The police are investigating how exactly she managed to run herself over.
THAT SUCKS: MAN DIES ON BEACH AFTER SAND TUNNEL COLLAPSES, BURYING HIM ALIVE
Being at the beach can bring out the kid in you. Apparently it can also KILL you. 26-year-old Adam Pye was hanging out at St. Francis Beach in Half Moon Bay on Monday. It's a State Beach just south of San Francisco. And for some reason he dug a HUGE hole in the sand . . . by 5:00 PM it was ten to 12 feet deep. And he was standing at the bottom when the WALLS started caving in. He started screaming, so people ran over to help, including his friends and family. But apparently that made the walls cave in MORE, until he was BURIED ALIVE. Around 40 people tried to dig him out, using buckets and their bare hands. And firefighters were there within five minutes to help. Eventually there were over 30 of them. But it took 10 to 15 minutes just to clear the sand away from his head. By the time they got him fully out, he'd been buried for over 30 minutes. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. Just last month, another guy was buried alive while he was trying to dig a TUNNEL connecting two holes at a different beach in North Carolina. And according to the CDC, over 500 people have died in similar accidents since 1999.
THAT SUCKS: SLEEPING MAN DUMPED INTO RECYCLING TRUCK
A man who fell asleep in a dumpster woke up in the back of a garbage truck. San Francisco firefighters had to rescue the man who became stuck inside a Recology cardboard recycling truck early Tuesday morning. The truck driver said he was doing his normal routine at about 6:30 a.m. – lifting trash into his truck – when he heard yelling from the back of the truck. He drove straight to the nearby fire station at 16th and Irving streets to get the man out. The man was partially crushed by the truck’s hydraulic system, which is used to compact the cardboard to make more room. He suffered shoulder injuries but is expected to be OK. Recology spokesman Robert Reed said 20-year veteran driver Mike Jones immediately shut the hydraulic system off when he realized what was happening. “He heard this gentleman pounding in the back of the truck,” Reed said. “He actually talked to the gentleman from the cab of the truck and said ‘I’m going to drive you to the fire station.’”
THAT SUCKS: OHIO AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE CLOSED AFTER CABLE SNAP
An amusement park ride in Ohio that swings riders into the air is closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two people. About 10 p.m. Saturday, a cable attached to one of the Skyhawk ride's carriages disconnected. One rider was treated at a hospital and released, while the other rider was treated at the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. Skyhawk has two giant arms that swing riders at speeds of up to 60 mph. The park said the ride was temporarily closed in 2013 for an unrelated reason.
THAT SUCKS: RARE LIGHTNING STORM KILLS ONE, INJURES 13 IN LOS ANGELES
A rare lightning storm struck packed Venice Beach, Calif., Sunday, killing a 20-year-old man and injuring up to 12 others, one critically, after the same storm had struck a person on Catalina Island. Firefighters said a bolt of lightning hit the water and the electrical current then traveled, hitting swimmers and surfers. "The fire department assessed a total of 13 patients, and transported a total of eight patients," Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main said. Five others were injured, but did not require hospitalization, she said. She said it appears to have been just one powerful lightning strike that hit the shoreline. "Everyone that had a medical complaint was either in or near the water," Main said.
THAT SUCKS: MAN RAN OVER FRIEND WHO WALKED HOME AFTER FEA HE WAS TOO DRUNK
Police on Long Island say that a woman who feared her friend was too drunk, and had gotten out of his car to walk home, was then struck and killed by the same man in a drunk-driving accident only minutes later early Saturday morning.
The accident happened at around 4 a.m. Saturday near Setauket, N.Y., police say. The woman, 21-year-old Krystal Berkowitz, had gotten out of 23-year-old Lawrence Pagano's car when she told him she thought he wasn't sober enough to drive, the AP reports.
She was then struck and killed by Pagano as he pulled over, trying to convince her to get back in his car, police say. Berkowitz was pronounced dead on the scene. Pagano has been arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated.
THAT SUCKS: DUDE DRINKS TOILET BOWL WATER FOR 7 DAYS TO SURVIVE
The left side of his body was paralyzed. Adsley says he screamed for help for hours, but no one heard him. “Later on that night I figured out my problem was water. I didn't have anything to drink. So I unscrewed the bolts from the toilet, turned it into a little cup and could reach with one arm, just far enough in — and could put a little cup in the water in the bottom of the toilet bowl. So I drank that.” Three days in, Adsley says he didn’t think he’d survive. “Even though that’s what I felt, I continued to yell, trying to get help.” Seven days after Adsley suffered the stroke, neighbour Diane Young heard his screams. “I was so glad that I actually heard him,” said Young. Young called 911. In hindsight, she says it was odd that she hadn’t seen or heard from him in days. “I never heard anything before that morning,” said Young. “I would have felt so terrible if i hadn't checked on him.”
THAT SUCKS: FATHER DAUGHTER HIT BY PLANE MAKING LANDING
A man was killed and his daughter critically injured Sunday when they were hit by a plane making an emergency landing on a Florida beach, officials said. "One man is deceased, and a young girl, possibly around the age of 10 is very critically injured," Sarasota County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Wendy Rose told ABC News. Ommy Irizarry, 36, and his daughter, Oceana Irizarry, 9, were walking along the beach in Sarasota County, Fla., when a small plane made an emergency crash landing along the shore, killing the man on impact, Rose said. The little girl was transported via helicopter to to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, where she was in critical condition. Neither the pilot, identified as Karl Kokomoor, 57, of Englewood, Fla., nor the passenger on the plane, David Theen, 60, also of Englewood, were injured in the landing, Rose said. "The pilot radioed that he was not going to be able to make it back to the airport, and he was going to try to land on the hard-packed sand of the beach," she said. "He landed about the water's edge and the pilot and his male passenger were both unharmed." From the time the pilot radioed in distress to the crash landing, the whole thing happened very quickly. "I do know the timing of his radio to the Venice Airport and immediate response was minutes so there was not, from what I understand, there was not a lot of time between his radio dispatch and the crash," she said. Venice Mayor John Holic, a former air traffic controller, said it is likely the plane lost power in flight and was trying to land in an open space or at nearby Venice Airport. "One of the first things that you learn when you're flying is to always be aware of your surroundings and where you may be able to touch down in the event of loss of power. A beach is a viable place," he told ABC News. A woman who witnessed the crash was also taken to a hospital after having stress-induced cardiac issues not directly related to the crash, according to Rose. Police have not yet released the names of the victim. National Transportation Safety Board investigators are on their way to the scene of the accident to begin investigating, in cooperation with the FAA.