It's a place where families go to have fun on a wide variety of rides. Viewed by many theme park visitors as a tame ride, the churning waters of the Thunder River Rapids Ride turned deadly recently for visitors to Dreamworld.
She was up early, as she was every morning with her preacher husband. She had just walked into the couple's guest room, while her husband just a few steps behind. That was when "a bomb went off," he recalled later.A speeding pick-up truck smashed into the Florida couple's home shortly before 5 a.m. last Thursday. The vehicle slammed into the woman in the guest bedroom and careened through the dining room, reaching the house's kitchen before coming to a stop. She was killed instantly in the violent collision, Lakeland law enforcement officers said.
She was a beautiful teenager on the threshold of adulthood and what she hoped would be a career in modeling. All of her dreams were vanquished by a hit and run driver, however, who left her to die on a Florida street earlier this week. The 17-year-old Tampa high school student was crossing a street just past 8 p.m., law enforcement officials say, on her way home from work. That was when a vehicle struck her and then sped off, leaving her alone on the pavement.
She glanced up at the rearview mirror and noticed a car behind hers. She looked ahead and saw that traffic had stopped on the highway, as it often did. She slowed, too, but the car behind hers did not. It slammed into the rear of her vehicle at 45 mph.Doctors initially diagnosed her with bumps, bruises and a mild concussion. No big deal, they said, you will soon be back to normal with a bit of rest. Days of blinding headaches and fatigue stretched into weeks and then months. Eventually she found a neurologist who said she had suffered traumatic brain injury and began the process of helping her to get her life back.
With a breath of air, he can make his car accelerate. By inhaling, he applies the brakes to his heavily modified Corvette. He is former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt. A quadriplegic since a crash in a 2000 practice run, Schmidt is a pioneer unwilling to give up the road.He is to receive the nation's first restricted driver's license for a semi-autonomous vehicle. Though his severe spinal cord injury took away his ability to use standard vehicle controls, his high-tech Vette is equipped to enable him to use his voice, breath and head movements to control the car.