Tourist killed taking selfie in middle of autobahn
German police say a Scottish man was killed east of Hamburg while trying to take a selfie photo with two friends in the middle of the autobahn. Police told the DPA news agency Monday that the 22-year-old was hit by a car on the A24 highway by the Gudow rest area just before midnight on Sunday. Police say he and his two friends had wanted to cross the autobahn to get to the rest area on the other side and stopped in the centre area to take photos when the man was hit. The other two men, aged 21 and 22, were treated for shock. Names were not released and further details were not made available.
Amish try simple changes to make buggies safer
Members of an especially conservative Amish group in northeast Ohio are adding more reflective features to their black, horse-drawn buggies to increase visibility after some serious crashes. Local media reports 300 Swartzentruber Amish families live in Ashland, Medina and Wayne counties. Buggy crashes in that region killed three people and injured 17 between January and March. Less conservative Amish mark slow-moving buggies with coloured triangles and reflectors. But Swartzentruber Amish live modestly and resisted those measures, considering them too flashy, said group member Harvey Stutzman. Instead, they had used only grey reflective tape and kerosene lanterns hung on buggies. Now, they’re adding white rectangles outlined in reflective tape on the back. They’ll also have plastic pipe covered in reflective tape stick out slightly from the wheels. The Swartzentrubers continue to worry that their neighbours are either rushing or driving while being distracted by cellphones. “It’s like they all left for work 15 minutes late. We’re basically an object in the road for drivers to avoid,” said business owner Levi Hostetler.
Race not factor in pool party shooting: Police
A gunman despondent over a recent breakup opened fire at a poolside birthday party and phoned his ex-girlfriend as he kept shooting strangers, killing one woman and injuring six other partygoers before he was killed by officers, police said Monday. Peter Selis, 49, sat on a pool chair during most of the rampage, calmly shooting guests at the party with a .45-calibre handgun. The victims were black and Latino and Selis was white, but police don’t think race played a factor. “These victims were just in his vicinity when he committed this terrible tragedy,” Chief Shelley Zimmerman said. “What started as a celebration of a friend’s birthday party turned into a tragedy of epic proportions.” Witnesses said Selis was wearing a black coat and sitting alone during the party for a man’s 50th birthday Sunday at an apartment complex near the University of California, San Diego.
Good Samaritan’s backpack stolen
Police in New Jersey are looking for the thief who stole the backpack of a man who leaped onto train tracks to help rescue a woman. Police say 34year-old Anil Vannavalli was waiting on the Edison train station platform on Friday morning when the woman fainted and fell on the tracks. Police say Vannavalli dropped his backpack and jumped on the tracks to carry the woman to safety. While he was doing that, someone took the backpack, which held his laptop computer, headphones and about $200 in cash. Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan says the theft, “perpetrated in the midst of such a selfless good deed,” seems “very disgusting and outrageous.” The woman suffered a fractured knee and broken ankle and was treated at a hospital.