Two brothers from Mexico are facing federal charges after fleeing from U.S. authorities in July and crashing their vehicle, killing two and injuring 10 others just miles from the international border. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that 21-year-old Jorge Garcia-Rascon and 19-year-old Julio Garcia-Rascon have been charged with conspiracy to smuggle immigrants resulting in death. They will remain in custody pending trial. Their lawyer did not immediately return a message seeking comment. Court documents state the brothers had been smuggled themselves and one of them was transporting other migrants to pay off his debt for being brought to the United States.
Federal investigators say a man who jumped to his death from a small airplane in North Carolina appeared to be upset over damaging the landing gear during a failed runaway approach. The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on the crash Tuesday. The plane’s pilot in command told federal investigators that his copilot “became visibly upset about the hard landing” after they diverted to another airport. The report said the copilot lowered the ramp in the back of the airplane. He then “removed his headset, apologized and departed the airplane via the aft ramp door.” The incident occurred July 29 about 30 miles south of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Charles Hew Crooks did not have a parachute.
Authorities say a small plane that plunged into a lake that straddles the Arizona-Utah state line, killing two people and injuring five, was carrying six French tourists plus a pilot. Kane County Sheriff’s officials in Utah say witnesses reported seeing the plane out of Page crash into Lake Powell near Face Canyon shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Federal Aviation Administration officials said in a statement that the pilot of the single-engine Cessna 207 reported an engine problem before the plane went down. The aircraft was located in 120 feet of water and Kane County authorities say two people died in the submerged aircraft. Utah Department of Public Safety divers were trying to recover the bodies. The names of the dead and injured haven’t been released yet.
Police in Germany says one person has died and nine were seriously injured after a test car with autonomous steering capability veered into oncoming traffic. A spokesman for police in the southwestern town of Reutlingen said Tuesday that the electric BMW iX with five people on board swerved out of its lane at a bend in the road. It triggered a series of collisions involving four vehicles Monday afternoon. Police said they hadn’t yet had an opportunity to interview those involved in the crash and it was unclear if the 43-year-old driver had been steering the vehicle at the time. BMW confirmed that one of its test vehicles was involved in the collision. But the company denied that the vehicle was fully autonomous.
Four people were killed when a high-speed chase ended in a fiery head-on collision on a remote West Texas highway. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the episode began at dusk Friday on U.S. 90 just east of Sanderson, about 230 miles west of San Antonio. A DPS trooper was making a stop on a crew-cabbed pickup when the truck sped away. A chase ensued through Sanderson and north on U.S. 285 ended when the truck veered into the oncoming lane of the two-lane highway and slammed into an oncoming pickup, killing two occupants of each vehicle.
New Mexico's Office of the Medical Investigator has determined that the fatal film-set shooting of a cinematographer by actor and producer Alec Baldwin last year was an accident. The office issued its determination after completing an autopsy of Halyna Hutchins and reviewing law enforcement reports. Some of those reports were made public Monday by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office. Prosecutors have not yet decided if any charges will be filed in the case. An FBI analysis of the revolver in Baldwin's hand during the Oct. 21 rehearsal suggested it was in working order at the time and would not have discharged unless the trigger had been pulled.
A coroner has identified a Santa Fe, New Mexico, couple as the two people killed when a single-engine plane crashed on a roadway in central Illinois. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Monday that the crash killed 75-year-old pilot James Everson and 67-year-old Lisa Evanson. The Peoria Journal Star reports an initial report from the Federal Aviation Administration says the aircraft “experienced engine issues" and attempted an emergency landing on Route 116 in Hanna City before striking powerlines. The aircraft, a Mooney M20K, crashed about 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The National Transportation Safety Board also is investigating the crash.
Police investigating a crash that injured more than a dozen people at a popular northern Virginia pub over the weekend say they don’t believe the crash was intentional. A ride-share driver crashed into Ireland’s Four Courts in Arlington on Friday evening. Nine people were taken to the hospital, and six others were treated and released. Arlington police said Monday that three patients remain hospitalized, including one in critical condition. Police say their preliminary investigation indicates the crash was accidental and alcohol was not a factor. They say the ride-share driver is cooperating with investigators.
Officials say a metal object believed to have fallen from a trans-Atlantic jet came crashing down outside the Maine State House. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Clancy said Monday that the metal part struck a slab of granite 6 to 8 feet from a security worker who was returning to the building. No one was hurt. The Federal Aviation Administration was alerted Friday and returned on Monday. Clancy says the FAA believes the metal sleeve weighing 6 to 7 pounds came from a wing flap of a large commercial jet.
Former Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, whose time in office was marred by allegations that he drunkenly groped four women during a party, is seeking the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski following her death in a highway crash. Hill is among at least five candidates in a growing field of candidates for Saturday’s Republican caucus to take Walorski’s place on the November election ballot in northern Indiana's solidly GOP 2nd Congressional District. The other candidates include Rudy Yakym, who Walorski’s husband endorsed Monday. Yakym is an executive with Elkhart distribution company Kem Krest and a former Walorski campaign staffer.
Authorities say a small plane crashed over the weekend into a lake that straddles the Arizona-Utah state line, killing two people and leaving five injured. Federal Aviation Administration officials said Monday that the pilot reported an engine problem late Saturday afternoon before the single-engine Cessna 207 went down in Lake Powell National Park. The plane with seven people aboard reportedly was submerged in the lake after the crash. FAA officials three of the people who were hurt suffered serious injuries and two had minor injuries. The FAA says the National Transportation Board is leading the investigation into the cause of the crash.
Authorities say three people were injured in a shooting outside a Chicago-area amusement park’s entrance that sent visitors scrambling for safety and prompted the park to close early. The Gurnee Police Department says officers responded about 7:50 p.m. Sunday to Six Flags Great America, about 45 miles north of Chicago. Police said the shooting “appeared to be a targeted incident.” Police say a white sedan entered the parking lot and drove toward the park’s front entrance. The suspects got out and shot at another person in the parking lot before driving away. Police say two people had non-life-threatening wounds. A third had a shoulder injury and declined to be taken to a hospital. The amusement park reopened as scheduled Monday morning.
Actor Anne Heche has died, nine days after she was injured in a fiery car crash. She was 53. Spokeswoman Holly Baird said Sunday night that Heche “been peacefully taken off life support.” She had been on life support after suffering burns and a major brain injury when her car crashed into a home. Heche first came to prominence on the NBC soap opera “Another World” in the late 1980s before becoming one of the hottest stars in Hollywood in the late 1990s. She was a constant on magazine covers and in big-budget films opposite actors including Johnny Depp and Harrison Ford.
Anne Heche, screen star with troubled life, dies at age 53, following injury in fiery crash.
Pennsylvania state police say a man drove into a crowd at a fundraiser for victims of a recent deadly house fire. One person was killed and 17 others were injured Saturday. He then returned home and beat his mother to death. Police said 24-year-old Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes was arraigned early Sunday on two counts of criminal homicide. They allege that he told them he was upset about an argument with his mother, saw the crowd in Berwick and drove through it. Court documents don't list an attorney for him. State police say Sura Reyes is not currently a suspect in the fire, which killed seven adults and three children.
Rodger Saffold is eager to focus his attention on taking over the Buffalo Bills starting job at left guard after missing the first two weeks of training camp with rib injuries sustained in a car accident. Saffold called it a traumatic experience in declining to go into much detail regarding the accident, in which he says no one was seriously hurt and occurred in Los Angeles last month. He didn't realize the extent of his injuries until he began working out at the team's facility last month. Saffold is a 13-year NFL veteran, and signed with Buffalo this offseason in having previously played under Bills new offensive line coach Aaron Kromer.
Police in eastern North Carolina say two customers at a two fast-food restaurant died when a vehicle crashed into the building. It happened Sunday morning at a Hardee's in Wilson, which is about 40 miles east of Raleigh. The sport utility vehicle struck 58-year-old Christopher Ruffin and 62-year-old Clay Ruffin, both of Wilson. One died at the scene, while the other died at a Greenville hospital. Police identified the driver as 78-year-old Jesse Lawrence of Wilson. He was treated at a hospital and released. Police say they don't believe the crash to be medical- or impairment-related, and no charges had been announced late Sunday afternoon.
Police say three people were killed and another injured when they were struck by a car during a hit-and-run on a Chicago street. Chicago police say a sedan hit the four males around 5 a.m. Sunday on the city’s South Side and then drove away. No one was in custody. Video circulating online purported to show them being struck by a fast-moving car, but police declined to release further information. Three victims were pronounced dead at a Chicago hospital. The fourth was taken to a different Chicago hospital. Their names and ages were unknown Sunday.
Police say a man drove his car into a barricade near the U.S. Capitol and then began firing gunshots in the air before fatally shooting himself. Police say the man didn't seem to be targeting any member of Congress. The incident happened just before 4 a.m. at a vehicle barricade set on Capitol Hill. Authorities say that as the man was getting out of the car, the vehicle became engulfed in flames. Police say he then opened fire, shooting several bullets into the air as police approached. The man's identity hasn't been released, but investigators have located addresses for him in Delaware and Pennsylvania and have learned he had a criminal history in the past decade.
A police officer in Louisiana is in critical condition after police say a suspect ran over him with a vehicle and dragged him during an attempted traffic stop. Police in Lafayette, Louisiana say the officer was dragged 100 feet early Sunday morning. Sgt. Robin Green says officers had tried to stop a car that was driving recklessly downtown around 1:30 a.m. Green said the driver sped away but ran into a roadblock before reversing and striking the officer. An officer shot at the car but no one was struck. The driver was arrested.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a Department of Transportation worker was killed when a vehicle struck her as she directed traffic around a fallen tree. A man was later arrested and charged with fleeing the scene. The patrol says 60-year-old Anna Bradshaw worked in DOT's Wilson County maintenance office. A trooper says she was holding a sign Friday morning along U.S. Highway 264 Alternate when she was struck by a passenger car, but the driver ultimately left. The patrol says Jamari Marquis Powell of Bailey was taken into custody late Friday and charged with felony hit and run.
The Los Angeles Police Department has ended its investigation into Anne Heche’s car accident, when the actor crashed into a Los Angeles home on Aug. 5. The 53-year-old is brain dead and on life support, pending evaluation for organ donation. The department announced Friday that there would be no further investigation. Detectives looking into the crash had said narcotics were found in a blood sample taken from Heche. She has been hospitalized at a Los Angeles burn center.
Authorities say more than a dozen people were injured after a vehicle crashed into a pub and restaurant in northern Virginia. Arlington County officials said the crash happened Friday evening at the Ireland’s Four Courts establishment. Authorities say nine people were taken to the hospital, and two of them remained in critical condition Saturday. Six more were treated at the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation but police say the driver was working as a rideshare driver and had a passenger at the time. The crash happened on a busy thoroughfare not far from the line with the District of Columbia.
Two people are dead after a single-engine plane they were in crashed on a roadway in the small central Illinois community of Hanna City. Officials say the crash happened early Saturday afternoon on Route 116. The Peoria County Coroner told the Peoria Journal Star that the two victims have not been identified and that autopsies will be conducted Monday. There were no immediate reports of any other injuries. The National Transportation Safety Board says it is investigating.
An airplane bumped into another plane while backing up at Logan International Airport in Boston, prompting an investigation. No one was injured when the two Delta Airlines planes collided at low-speed on Friday night. Federal Aviation Administration said it is investigating. One of the planes, which was headed for Los Angeles, clipped the other as it pushed back from its gate at the airport. The other plane was empty and parked at an adjacent gate at the time. The FAA said the left winglet of the moving plane clipped the horizontal stabilizer of the other.