Uber requires all account holders be at least 18 years old and explicitly prohibit children from riding without an adult. But, as news that a 12-year-old died by suicide after taking an Uber by herself showed, the policy hasn’t deterred parents and kids from using the service or prevented drivers from transporting them anyway.
Officers reported finding one dead and three wounded, including an off-duty law enforcement officer from another agency. The injured were transported to the hospital in unknown condition.
Police have not released the names of the victims or the suspect.
The Westmoreland County Coroner identified the victims as 18-year-old Brendan McGowan, of North Huntingdon Township, and 18-year-old Kaitlyn Rosensteel, of Donora.
Here’s what we know about the crash:
- What happened: The helicopter took off from the 34th Street heliport at about 1:32 p.m., NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said. It crashed on the roof of 787 Seventh Ave. about 11 minutes later.
- The pilot was killed: The deceased pilot has been identified as Tim McCormack, according to law enforcement sources. His family has been notified, according to one source. Preliminary information is that only the pilot was on board the Agusta A109E helicopter when it crashed on the roof of the building, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said.
- It was raining: At the time of the incident, moderate to heavy rain was falling in the city and visibility at Central Park was down to 1.25 miles. Winds were from the east at 9 mph. Based on interviews the NYPD conducted at the 34th Street heliport on Manhattan’s east side, the pilot was waiting out the weather but for some reason decided it was okay to go, another law enforcement source told CNN.
- Not an act of terror: Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was no indication that the crash was an act of terror, and he said there were no injuries to anyone in the building or on the ground.
- What President Trump said: Trump tweeted that he had been briefed on the crash. “Phenomenal job by our GREAT First Responders who are currently on the scene. THANK YOU for all you do 24/7/365! The Trump Administration stands ready should you need anything at all,” he tweeted.
A confessed serial killer who claims to have left a trail of women’s bodies in a decades-long, cross-country killing spree from Florida to California has now been linked to 60 deaths, a Texas prosecutor said on Friday, according to The Associated Press.
Samuel Little, 79, is serving life sentences for killing three women in Los Angeles, and has been cooperating with federal officials and authorities in a sprawling series of investigations in multiple states for some time now. As far back as last fall the FBI described him in a report as “among the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history.”
WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Pa. – There is a mystery in paradise after a Pennsylvania woman was found dead in a hotel in the Dominican Republic.
“What we thought was a freak event, now we don’t know,” said Jay McDonald, a spokesperson for the family of Miranda Schaup-Werner.
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Werner flew to the Dominican Republic to celebrate her ninth wedding anniversary, and when she and her husband had checked in, they went straight to their room and began to relax. Werner even had a drink from the mini-bar.
“At one point, she was sitting there happily smiling and taking pictures and the next moment she was in acute pain and called out for Dan and she collapsed,” McDonald said.
Her husband, who is a doctor, performed CPR, but he couldn’t save her.
Her family said her lungs filled with fluid and her heart stopped.
“That’s not something that we were aware of prior and we really want an independent medical review here in the states,” McDonald said.
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He did say she had a heart issue 15 years ago, but doctors then gave her a clean bill of health.
“She was a very sweet person and at 41, had a lot of life ahead of her and we miss her,” McDonald said.
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Five days after Werner’s death, another hotel at the same resort saw two more American tourists die. The couple was from Maryland.
According to NBC News, they died in the same way.
All of the deaths are under investigation and right now, there’s no indication any of them are connected.
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The medical examiner identified the victim as Ciquann Dudley. The teen was a student at McKeesport Area High School, the school district confirmed.
Allegheny County police said Dudley was pronounced dead at the scene on Tube Works Alley after a pedestrian notified a McKeesport officer about the body at about 1:45 p.m.
Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, had been staying at the Bahía Príncipe hotel at the resort Playa Nueva Romana since May 25, hotel complex director Francisco Romero told local media. After they missed their scheduled checkout time on Thursday, hotel staff entered the room and found both bodies unresponsive but no signs of violence, according to a statement from the hotel.
A disgruntled city employee shot and killed 12 people and injured several more Friday when he opened fire inside a Virginia Beach municipal building before he was killed by police, Police Chief Jim A. Cervera said on Friday.
DeWayne Craddock, 40, was a longtime public utility worker who made multiple firearm purchases in recent weeks, officials told the Wall Street Journal. Police did not describe a possible motive for the attack.
The suspected shooter died in a gunfight with police officers. A police officer was also wounded, but was saved by his bullet-proof vest, Cervera said.
“I can tell you that it was a long gun battle between those four officers and that suspect,” Cervera said.
“This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach,” Mayor Bobby Dyer said. “The people involved are our friends, co-workers, neighbors and colleagues.”
THE CAPTAIN OF a large river ship which collided with a smaller boat on the Danube river, leading to the deaths of seven South Korean tourists and leaving 21 other people missing, was arrested last night.
The Mermaid sightseeing boat capsized and sank in just seconds after colliding with the much larger river cruise ship on a busy stretch river in the heart of Budapest in driving rain on Wednesday evening.
Thirty-five people were on board the Mermaid, most of them South Korean tourists, including a six-year-old girl who was travelling with her mother and grandparents and remains missing.
Hopes of finding survivors from one of Hungary’s worst boat disasters were fading last night.