Fi­ancée ‘pulled plug’ on kayak

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A Saudi Red Cres­cent spokesman says a road ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a bus and a truck killed 15 peo­ple and left 60 in­jured. Ab­dul­lah Al Mor­eibedh says the hor­rific ac­ci­dent took place on the road be­tween the cap­i­tal, Riyadh, and Al Qas­sim. The crash also set off a fire on the bus. He says two he­li­copter am­bu­lances took part in the evac­u­a­tion of the in­jured, five of whom are in crit­i­cal con­di­tion in hos­pi­tal. Al Mor­eibedh said he didn’t know what caused the ac­ci­dent and did not give the na­tion­al­i­ties of the vic­tims. The Saudi Health Min­istry says traf­fic ac­ci­dents are the lead­ing cause of death among young peo­ple in the king­dom. The min­istry says 17 peo­ple are killed in road ac­ci­dents each day in Saudi Ara­bia. A New York State Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tor says a woman ac­cused of fa­tally sab­o­tag­ing her fi­ancé’s kayak on the Hud­son River told an in­ves­ti­ga­tor she re­moved a plug on his kayak and ma­nip­u­lated his pad­dle. Au­thor­i­ties say An­ge­lika Graswald re­moved a drain plug from Vin­cent Vi­afore’s kayak in April 2015 and pushed a float­ing pad­dle away from him af­ter his kayak cap­sized. A po­lice of­fi­cer tes­ti­fied that Graswald ap­peared calm and emo­tion­less af­ter she was res­cued. State po­lice se­nior in­ves­ti­ga­tor Aniello Moscato also tes­ti­fied that Graswald told an­other in­ves­ti­ga­tor she had pulled a plug on the kayak and ma­nip­u­lated the ring on Vi­afore’s pad­dle. Nei­ther pros­e­cu­tors nor the de­fence can com­ment due to a gag or­der. The de­fence main­tains Vi­afore’s death was ac­ci­den­tal, and Graswald has de­nied mur­der and manslaugh­ter charges.

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