THINGS THAT MAKE POLICEMEN WORRY
Darwin Award Candidates
BUXTON, N.C. A man died on a
beach when an 8-foot-deep hole he had dug into the sand
caved in as he sat inside it. Beachgoers said Daniel
Jones, 21, dug the hole for fun, or protection from the
wind, and had been sitting in a beach chair at the bottom
Thursday afternoon when it collapsed, burying him beneath
5 feet of sand. People on the beach on the Outer Banks
used their hands and shovels, trying to claw their way to
Jones, a resident of Woodbridge, Va., but could not reach
him. It took rescue workers using heavy equipment almost
an hour to free him while about 200 people looked on.
Jones was pronounced dead at a hospital. You just
wouldn't believe the outpouring of concern, people
digging with their hands, using pails from kids,"
Dare County Sheriff Bert Austin said.
In February, Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed in Lompoc,
Calif., as he fell face-first through the ceiling of a
bicycle shop he was burglarizing. Death was caused when
the large flashlight he had placed in his mouth (to keep
his hands free) crammed against the base of his skull as
he hit the floor.
According to police in Dahlonega, Ga., ROTC cadet Nick
Berrena, 20, was stabbed to death in January by fellow
cadet Jeffrey Hoffman, 23, who was trying to prove that a
knife could not penetrate the flak vest Berrena was
Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed in February
in Selbyville, Del., as he won a bet with friends who
said he would not put a revolver loaded with four bullets
into his mouth and pull the trigger.
In February, according to police in Windsor, Ont., Daniel
Kolta, 27, and Randy Taylor, 33, died in a head-on
collision, thus earning a tie in the game of chicken they
were playing with their snowmobiles.
In October, a 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker, who
"totally zoned when he ran," according to his
wife,accidentally jogged off of a 200-foot-high cliff on
his daily run.
In September in Detroit, a 41-year-old man got stuck and
drowned in two feet of water after squeezing headfirst
through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate to retrieve his car
In September, a 7-year-old boy fell off a 100-foot-high
bluff near Ozark, Ark., after he lost his grip swinging
on a cross that marked the spot where another person had
fallen to his death in 1990.
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In Guthrie, Okla., in October, Jason Heck tried to kill a
millipede with a shot from his .22-caliber rifle,
but the bullet ricocheted off a rock near the hole and
hit pal Antonio Martinez in the head, fracturing his
In Elyria, Ohio, in October, Martyn Eskins, attempting to
clean out cobwebs in his basement, declined to use a
broom in favor of a propane torch and caused a fire that
burned the first and second floors of his house.
Paul Stiller, 47, was hospitalized in Andover Township, N.
J., in September, and his wife Bonnie was also injured,
by a quarter-stick of dynamite that blew up in their car.
While driving around at 2a.m., the bored couple lit the
dynamite and tried to toss it out the window to see what
would happen, but they apparently failed to notice that
the window was closed.
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