A car accident is a horrible experience nobody wants to experience… even worse when it takes someones life. Yet, for some reason we still rubber neck past the scene to see how bad the accident. This is our culture today. So we present to you today some of the most bizarre deaths related to traffic.
1. The band member who was crushed by a bundle of hay that hit his vehicle
Founding member of Electric Light Orchestra Mike Edwards died on the spot after his truck was crushed by a bundle of hay that weighed almost 700 lbs.
The 62-year-old cello player was traversing between Halwell and Harbetonford in Devon on his A381 vehicle when the bundle of hay came running down from a slope in a field, flipped over a hedge, and crashed onto his roof. Reports say that the circular bundle may have come from a steep sloping field beside the road.
2. The drug trafficker who was crushed by marijuana during a high-speed car chase
After a high-speed car chase, a Brazilian drug smuggler died immediately in his car after he was crushed by half a ton of marijuana.
The Federal Highway Police started chasing the driver when he refused to stop at a road block in Bataguassu. In an effort to escape, the drug smuggler embarked on a three-mile chase, which only ended when he hit a tree that caused the stock of weed stored in the backseat of his car to shoot forward, crushing him against the wheel.
3. The ballet dancer who died when her iconic scarf got stuck in the wheels of her car
Isadora Duncan was not just an ordinary dancer, she was a free-spirited Bohemian dancer who always danced emotionally. Though her moves were choreographed, she explained that they were meant “to rediscover the beautiful, rhythmical motions of the human body.”
Contrary to the tutus and sturdy shoes worn by ballerinas, Isadora danced barefoot, wrapped in scarves and flowing togas that became part of her iconic look. Eventually, she earned widespread acclaim. However, her life was quite tragic—especially when automobiles were involved.
In 1913, her two small kids drowned when the vehicle they were riding plunged over a bridge and landed into the River Seine. Isadora herself also suffered serious injuries from other car accidents in 1913 and 1924.
Unfortunately, yet another car accident eventually cost Isadora her life. On September 14, 1927, she rode a brand-new convertible sports car. As she sat back to enjoy the sea breeze, her red scarf flew into the rear wheel on the passenger side. It looped around the axle and tightened around her neck, dragging her from the vehicle onto the cobblestone street. She died immediately.
4. The real-life Batman who was killed in a car crash
Lenny Robinson, a native of Maryland, sold his cleaning business to become a real-life Batman and bring smiles to the faces of terminally ill kids. According to reports, he had spent over $25,000 of his wealth on toys he gave away to children. Unfortunately, on August 2015, he died in a car accident.
Prior to the fatal crash, Lenny was sighted at a gas station where he met a family that was very interested in his customized Lamborghini Batmobile. He was giving some superhero stuff as a remembrance to his new acquaintances and then he left.
Later, the family saw him stop in the fast lane because of engine trouble and witnessed getting struck by another vehicle and died at the scene.
5. The father and son who died on the same day and on the same highway but on different car accidents
On November 10, 2011, a man was told about the death of his only son due to a car accident. As he drove on the same highway on the same day, he suffered an accident as well.
Sumil Sambhi was reportedly driving the wrong way when he realized he was steering into the path of an oncoming car. The vehicles collided and the 48-year-old father was critically injured. Though he was still airlifted to a hospital, he was later pronounced dead.
Before Sumil’s death, his 16-year-old son, Devon, was said to be sitting in the passenger seat of a Toyota pickup truck driven by Natalia Sambhi, the boy’s mother. Eyewitnesses said the truck lost control, swerved off the expressway, and rolled over. Devon was immediately ejected from his seat and died on the spot. Because Natalia was wearing her seat belt, she survived.
6. The comedian who spoke to an unknown being after suffering fatal injuries in a head-on collision
Sam Kinison had a successful career as a stand-up comedian but was constantly fighting the demons of alcohol and drug addiciton. Nevertheless, he worked hard to overcome his addictions and was already in talks for a new television show. He also settled with his longtime love, Malika, and had seemingly taken control of his life.
On April 10, 1992, the couple drove a Pontiac Trans-am from LA to Nevada, where the comedian was scheduled to perform in a solo sold-out show. While on Highway 95 near the California-Nevada border, they saw a group of teenagers in a 1974 Chevy truck. The couple noticed they had been drinking and that their truck already crossed the center line. In an effort to avoid the approaching truck, Sam slowed down his car but to no avail.
The teenagers only acquired moderate injuries from the crash, but Sam was thrown into the windshield because he was not wearing a seat belt. Malika, on the other hand, survived.
At first look, Sam seemed to have no serious injuries because he managed to get out of the car. After a few minutes, he was then heard talking with someone unseen. He was saying, “I don’t want to die. I don’t want to die.”
Carl LaBove, Sam’s friend, recalled, “It was as if he was having a conversation, talking to some unseen person. Then there was a pause as if he was listening to the other person speak. Then he asked, ‘But why?'”
After a short pause, he was heard saying, “Okay, Okay, Okay.” LaBove emphasized that the last “Okay” was so soft and sounded like he was at peace. It was like he was talking to someone who meant so much to him. He then lost consciousness.
Rescue teams tried to revive him but failed. He died at the scene due to internal injuries.
7. The man who was thrown out of his vehicle onto a freeway sign
Everything about the death of Richard Pananian is bizarre. In October 2015, the 20-year-old was running late for his new job at the Glendale Collision Center. As he sped down the southbound 5 Freeway I Los Angeles, his Ford Fiesta was hit by a pickup truck, causing it to overturn.
Since he wasn’t wearing a seat belt, he was thrown out of the vehicle and landed on a freeway sign. He immediately died.
His cousin Armen Kardashian said that Richard had been battling serious health issues, however he managed to overcome all of them. In fact, five days before his death, he had a close encounter with death.
In an effort to protect him, his family performed a matagh or sacrificial lamb offering, a tradition of the American church performed to show appreciation to God for saving a life or when asking for good health. Five days after, Richard died.
Since his demise, his family worked hard to raise $50,000 through crowdfunding for some “unexpected financial burdens.”
8. The first person to die in a car accident
Scientist Mary Ward was the first-ever person who died from a car accident. She died after she was thrown off from an experimental steam-powered vehicle on August 31, 1869.
According to reports, she was on the steam-powered carriage with three companions when it crashed. She was thrown out of her seat and into the path of one of the wheels. She was then crushed and killed instantly.
The carriage she was riding was actually invented by Sir Charles Algernon Parsons, an engineer who is noted for creating the steam turbine. Although he was also aboard the carriage, luckily, he was able to avoid the terrible accident and went on contributing his ideas to the world of engineering.
9. The kid who was crushed by a car he put in neutral
In October of 2015, a 4-year-old boy from Tulsa, Oklahoma, died after he was crushed by the car he put in neutral. According to the police officers who investigated the incident, the toddler was sitting in his family’s car when he accidentally shifted gears. Eventually, the car rolled down the driveway, but it came to a stop in the street. At that time, the boy panicked and ran to the front of the vehicle. In a sudden twist of fate, the car rolled forward, crushing him.
As of now, investigators are still trying to figure out how the vehicle reached the streets and to its final stop. They said, “When the boy’s mother turned into the driveway, she did not turn the wheel. So when you put a vehicle in neutral, it’s going to follow the same track out of the driveway that it did in. It’s unbelievable. We’re just dumbfounded.”
The cops aren’t expecting any charges to be filed concerning the boy’s death.
10. The teenager who died in a car accident after being hypnotized by his principal.
George Kenney, former high -chool principal at North Port High School, admitted to hypnotizing Marcus Freeman, a quarterback of the school’s football team. He said he wanted to help the boy concentrate and not to worry about anything else during games. He also claimed he taught Freeman how to hypnotize himself.
After an excruciating dental visit on March 15, 2011, Marcus drove home with his girlfriend. During the ride, Marcus’s girlfriend remembered the strange look on the boy’s face.
When they were at Interstate 75 near Toledo Blade Boulevard, the vehicle they were in was involved in a car crash. Marcus died from his injuries, but his girlfriend survived.
Along with Marcus, there were two other students who allegedly committed suicide after they were hypnotized by the principal. Based on these incidents, Kenney was charged with two misdemeanors.
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