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Driver Who Killed Pedestrian Was Updating Facebook Status, Lawsuit Claims

A driver who killed a pedestrian late last year was allegedly updating her Facebook status behind the wheel, according to a lawsuit filed by the victim's family. On December 7th, 70-year-old Raymond Veloz was driving around Chicago's South Side when he got in a minor accident. When Veloz got out of his car to inspect the damage and exchange information with the driver of the other car, a woman...

Absorbed by His PSP, Italian Boy Falls Onto Train Tracks, Avoids Tragedy

A 10-year-old Italian boy is lucky to be in one piece today, after falling on to a railway line in Milan. The boy, who was on his way home from school, was engrossed with whatever game he was playing on his Sony PSP, and apparently didn't notice the ledge toward which he kept walking. Luckily, an off-duty policeman named Alessandro Micalizzi immediately jumped in to rescue the boy, and,...

Flickr Accidentally Deletes 4,000 Photos, Offers Polite Apology to Photographer

A Zurich-based photoblogger named Mirco Wilhelm is really, really upset today, because Flickr accidentally deleted his account, along with some 4,000 of his online photographs. The mishap occurred a few days ago, after Wilhelm sent in a support ticket to complain about a user who was posting photos that appeared to be stolen. The Flickr staff member who received the complaint mixed up the two...

Elderly Couple Crash Car Into Old Church, Blame Faulty GPS System

An elderly British couple recently got lost while driving around Germany, so they decided to consult their vehicle's GPS navigation system. As it turns out, the device was totally faulty, but the couple didn't realize it until they had already crashed into a 19th century German church -- because, apparently, the GPS system told them to. The church suffered about $37,000 in damage, but the...

Government Wants All Cars to Have Rearview Cameras by 2014

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a new set of rules that would require all future cars to come equipped with rearview video cameras. The cameras, according to governmental officials, could greatly increase rear visibility, thereby decreasing the risk of running over toddlers or elderly pedestrians when backing up. As the AP reports, only about 20-percent of all 2010 model...

Xbox Kinect Causes More Physical Harm, Thins Out the Herd

Last week, we discovered that the Xbox Kinect had already claimed its first victim less than 24 hours after landing on shelves in the U.S. -- and, since then, there have been many more casualties. Here's a kid taking a vicious left elbow to the face. Here's an aunt belligerently reminding her nephew who's boss. Here's a brave gamer looking ridiculous -- and miserably failing to land a 360(?) on...

Segway Owner Jimi Heselden Dies After Riding Segway Over a Cliff

In a certain sense, dying while doing something you truly love is a luxury that most people will likely never experience. Silver as that lining may be, however, it probably won't do much to console the family of Segway owner Jimi Heselden, who recently died after driving one of his trademark devices off of a cliff in England. As the Telegraph reports, Heselden's body was found late Sunday...

Distracted Driving Has Killed 16,000 Since 2001, Study Says

Most of us probably don't need to be reminded that texting while driving can put our lives at risk, but, if you're in the mood for especially morbid statistics, here's some food for thought. A new study from the University of North Texas finds that roughly 16,000 people died from 2001 to 2007, simply because their phone distracted them behind the wheel. As Reuters reports, the study used data...

Woman Hit by Car Sues Google for Bad Directions

After using her BlackBerry to get walking directions from her Google Maps app, Lauren Rosenburg, of Park City, Utah, found herself at the edge of a busy highway. She decided to cross it (since Google told her to), and, as you'd imagine, wasted no time in getting hit by a car. Now, she's asking Google to pay up for giving her dangerous directions. As Fortune reports, Rosenburg has filed a...

This Just In: Don't Vomit on Your Laptop

Some of us treat laptops like tanks, but that hard, plastic casing can only stand up to so much punishment. And if you've ever had the misfortune of paying for a laptop repair, you know the fix doesn't come cheap. CNET News wrote about computer repair company MicroReplay's list of the most common ways people send their laptops to the grave. According to the list, liquid on the keyboard is the...

Fatal Disney World Monorail Crash Sparks Federal Investigation

The 38-year-old Walt Disney World Monorail System suffered its first fatal accident on Sunday when a driver failed to stop and slammed into the back of a stationary train, killing him instantly. The accident occurred at 2 a.m. with 21-year-old Austin Wuennenberg behind the controls, and six passengers on board. All the other passengers escaped unharmed, but Wuennenberg was not so lucky. Disney...

Boston Trolley Crash Blamed on Text-Messaging Driver

We've seen people caught texting while driving cars, buses, motorcycles, and trains. We can now add to that list: texting in a trolley. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) announced over the weekend that a 24-year-old Boston trolley operator admitted to texting his girlfriend just before the trolley he was piloting slammed into another, injuring about 50 people, on Friday, May 8....

Woman Struck and Killed by Laptop in Car Wreck

Last month, 25-year-old Heather Storey was driving to work through Surrey, British Columbia, as she did most days, with her laptop computer perched on the backseat of her car. When her car was suddenly hit by a towtruck, that innocent laptop turned to a deadly projectile. Yesterday morning, according to the CBC News, Sergeant Roger Morrow of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told the press,...

GPS Leads Truck to Impassable Road for 5 Days

If you have a GPS, you've surely noticed that, from time to time, it gives directions that are a little bit... wrong. Maybe it got the name of an exit incorrect, or told you to turn down the wrong way onto a one-way street, or maybe even told you to turn onto a road that didn't exist. You're certainly not alone in these findings, but we hope your wayward directions were less of an inconvenience...

Nintendo Wii Kills Dog, Briefly

We've seen the carnage that Wii remotes can inflict: TV's have been destroyed and good old human flesh can barely stand up to the wiicked remotes, but we've never hear of anyone killing their dog before. Poor Kathy White, of Marquette, MI, almost did exactly that while playing 'Wii Bowling.' Right around the recent holidays, her five month old miniature Sheltie, Ozzy, jumped up in front of Kathy...