An experienced photographer has died in a "freak accident" after being hit by a car at a rally race near Hanmer Springs. Police were called just after 5pm to Hanmer Forest, north of Christchurch. St John Ambulance was called nearly an hour later. The driver of the car was uninjured, police said, and the Serious Crash Unit would investigate. MotorSport New Zealand chief executive Brian Budd said the photographer was experienced and attended most events in the area. "All I know at this point is that a competitor's car left the road on a special stage [a stage in which the road was closed for the competition] and has collected a photographer." Budd said he understood the photographer was set up a distance away from the spectator area. Photographers on the course don't have a designated area to set up, but must be accredited by MotorSport NZ and are given instructions on where it is safe to be while taking photos. Budd believed the photographer killed was in a safe place on the course. … [Read more...] about Photographer killed at car rally near Hanmer
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The hunt for a man police say killed an 18-year-old woman in an unprovoked knife attack in the San Francisco Bay Area ended where it began: in a train station. John Cowell, 27, a recently paroled robber with a reported history of drug use, homelessness and violence, was peacefully arrested on an Antioch-bound train Monday night about a dozen miles from the Oakland station where investigators believe he killed Nia Wilson and wounded her sister Sunday night. Authorities said they weren't ruling out race as a factor in the stabbings. The arrest "is the first step to achieving justice for Nia and her family," Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Chief Carlos Rojas said at a news conference. A phone call from a BART rider led police to stop and search a Richmond-bound train at the MacArthur Station in Oakland but Cowell wasn't aboard, Rojas said. "About 10 minutes later after we got the call, another patron told us the subject got on an Antioch-bound train," he said. That train … [Read more...] about Was race a factor in fatal Bay Area train platform stabbing?
A Texas death row prisoner groaned that he could taste a lethal drug in his throat as he was executed for murder. Christopher Young said the deadly drug felt like it was burning inside his body as he was put to death. He said just minutes before falling silent and drawing his last breath: “I can taste it in my throat.” The 34-year-old fatally shot a convenience store owner during a robbery, and was executed by lethal injection despite pleas for clemency from victim Hasmukh Patel’s son and capital punishment opponents. In his final statement, released by state officials, Young said: “I want to make sure the Patel family knows I love them like they love me. “Make sure the kids in the world know I’m being executed and those kids I’ve been mentoring keep this fight going. “I’m good, warden.” Young - who had released a video in a final plea to be spared - was convicted of murdering Mr Patel, 55, at a convenience store in San … [Read more...] about Texas death row prisoner’s chilling last words as he’s executed for murder
Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters says he'll personally contact the Governor of California if MP Nikki Kaye's step-brother is sentenced to death. Clinton Thinn has been convicted of first-degree murder for killing a fellow inmate in a Californian jail, and he's facing the death penalty. Nikki Kaye speaks out over step-brother's US murder conviction The case of Clinton Thinn, the Kiwi facing death row "This is a really tough situation, and obviously I'm in touch with my family," Ms Kaye told Newshub. The Auckland Central MP says she's conscious of separating her political role from her role as a step-sister. "There could be legal considerations, and anything that I say could affect that." California has the highest number of death row inmates in the United States, although no one's been executed since 2006. If Thinn is sentenced to death, the New Zealand Government would rally, and the Acting Prime Minister says he'd personally contact the state's Governor. "As a Foreign Minister … [Read more...] about NZ will intervene if Nikki Kaye’s brother sentenced to death
NIKKI MACDONALD Last updated 17:24, June 29 2018 ANDY JACKSON & GRANT MATTHEW/STUFF Waverley Chief Fire Officer Allan Hickford says about 85 per cent of the accidents they go to, they know the people involved. Waverley: Population 798. Minus five.Outside the Waverley Primary School, the events board still heralds the upcoming disco on June 21. What the town wouldn't give to really wind back that time. In a town that measures four blocks by five, grief doesn't need to stretch far to catch everyone in its grip.About 360 houses populate this orderly grid of a South Taranaki town. Three were emptied in a moment of impact, when two cars collided head-on on Wednesday morning, on the rise just out of town.The day after New Zealand's worst crash in 13 years, a snatch of rainbow was swallowed up in grey. Steam rose off the wet asphalt, as sheep trucks rumbled around the corner that claimed seven lives. GRANT MATTHEW/STUFF The … [Read more...] about Taranaki crash: Community rallies after fatal crash leaves seven dead