Fatal crash victim ID’d

The Ukiah Daily Journal
May 17, 2008

The Mendocino County Coroners Office has identified the woman killed Tuesday night when her sports car collided with a tree off Highway 101 south of Hopland.

Deborah Laseter, 53, of Ukiah, was southbound on Highway 101 at around 6 p.m. Tuesday in the northbound lane when she was spotted  by  a  Napa  County  state firefighter  who  was  also  southbound.

The firefighter pulled up next to Laseter and tried to get her attention but was unable to and she drove off the roadway for unknown reasons and her vehicle collided with a tree.

Vancouver woman learns husband killed while live tweeting about crash

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter
Published: December 4, 2013, 2:12 PM

Crews respond to an accident on southbound Interstate 205 and Padden Parkway on Wednesday. (Zachary Kaufman/The Columbian)

Crews respond to an accident on southbound Interstate 205 and Padden Parkway on Wednesday. (Zachary Kaufman/The Columbian)

In an achingly sad unfolding of events, a Vancouver woman unwittingly live-tweeted the fatal crash that killed her husband Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 205.

After the collision was reported at 1:41 p.m., The Columbian started reporting the crash in the southbound lanes on Twitter based on emergency scanner traffic. Caran Johnson, using the Twitter handle @scancouver, responded to the tweets and started reporting on the crash as well:

“I hate that section of I205 S. too many on ramps, speeders and too few lanes.”

“@troyglidden @Col_cops this accident sounds horrible.”

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Seizure Led to FloJo’s Death

Autopsy: Olympic sprint champion suffocated in bedding after having epileptic event in her sleep. October 23, 1998 | JEFF GOTTLIEB | TIMES STAFF WRITER

For the record:
Olympics–Florence Griffith Joyner, was one of two women to have won four medals in track and field in the same Olympics. Fanny Blankers-Koen of Holland won the 100- and 200-meter sprints, the 80-meter hurdles and anchored the victorious 400 relay team in the 1948 Olympics in London.

Florence Griffith Joyner

Florence Griffith Joyner

Olympic sprint champion Florence Griffith Joyner died after suffering an epileptic seizure, according to autopsy results released Thursday, and her family and friends say they hope the findings will put to rest rumors that drug use contributed to her death. Griffith Joyner died last month in her sleep at age 38.

Her husband, Al Joyner, bitterly criticized those who suggested that she took performance-enhancing drugs.

“My wife took the final, ultimate drug test,” Joyner said, choking back tears during a brief news conference after the release of the autopsy. “And it’s what we always said: There’s nothing there. So please, please, give us time to grieve and just let my wife rest in peace.”

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Men With Pelvic Pain Find a Path to Treatment Blocked by a Gynecology Board

By DENISE GRADY
Published: December 10, 2013
Rajah Bose for The New York Times Dr. Daniel Davidson, an Idaho dentist, has pelvic pain so severe that he cannot sit, and can stand for only limited periods.

Photo by Rajah Bose for The New York Times
Dr. Daniel Davidson, an Idaho dentist, has pelvic pain so severe that he cannot sit, and can stand for only limited periods.

After visiting dozens of doctors and suffering for nearly five years from pelvic pain so severe that he could not work, Daniel Davidson, 57, a dentist in Dalton Gardens, Idaho, finally found a specialist in Phoenix who had an outstanding reputation for treating men like him.

Dr. Davidson, whose pain followed an injury, waited five months for an appointment and even rented an apartment in Phoenix, assuming he would need surgery and time to recover.

Six days before the appointment, it was canceled. The doctor, Michael Hibner, an obstetrician-gynecologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, had learned that members of his specialty were not allowed to treat men and that if he did so, he could lose his board certification — something that doctors need in order to work.

The rule had come from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. On Sept. 12, it posted on its website a newly stringent and explicit statement of what its members could and could not do. Except for a few conditions, gynecologists were prohibited from treating men. Pelvic pain was not among the exceptions.

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Engineer ‘nodded’ before NYC train wreck

In this photo taken on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, Metro North Railroad engineer William Rockefeller is wheeled on a stretcher away from the area where the commuter train he was operating derailed in the Bronx borough of New York. The National Transportation Safety Board reported Monday that the train Rockefeller was driving was going 82 mph around a 30-mph curve when it derailed killing four people and injuring more than 60. (AP Photo/Robert Stolarik)

In this photo taken on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, Metro North Railroad engineer William Rockefeller is wheeled on a stretcher away from the area where the commuter train he was operating derailed in the Bronx borough of New York. The National Transportation Safety Board reported Monday that the train Rockefeller was driving was going 82 mph around a 30-mph curve when it derailed killing four people and injuring more than 60. (AP Photo/Robert Stolarik)

BY JIM FITZGERALD & TOM HAYS – ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 3, 2013, 12:59 PM

NEW YORK — The engineer in the commuter-train derailment that killed four people over the weekend caught himself nodding at the controls just before the wreck, a union official said Tuesday.

William Rockefeller “caught himself, but he caught himself too late,” said Anthony Bottalico, leader of the rail employees union, relating what he said Rockfeller told him.

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