3rd person dies from Boeing 777 crash

July 12, 2013
California
Third person dies from Asiana crash

A young girl who was aboard the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport died Friday, the same day that authorities confirmed one of the two Chinese teenagers killed in the disaster was hit by a firetruck.

The disclosure about the teen raised the possibility that she could have survived the crash only to die in its chaotic aftermath. It is not clear whether the two teens lived through the initial impact Saturday at the airport. But police and fire officials confirmed Friday that Ye Meng Yuan, 16, was hit by a firetruck, which was racing to extinguish the blazing Boeing 777.

Her close friend and other teenager killed, Wang Linjia, also 16, was among a group of passengers who did not get immediate medical help. Rescuers did not spot her until 14 minutes after the crash.

San Francisco General Hospital said that the young girl who died Friday morning had been in critical condition since arriving after the accident last weekend. Officials did not identify the girl at the request of her parents. Her age was also withheld.

— Associated Press

Pennsylvania
Penn State will pay Sandusky claimants

Penn State could soon be paying out millions of dollars to victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky after disclosing Friday that it had tentative agreements with some of the young men who say Sandusky sexually abused them.

Sandusky, 69, was convicted a year ago of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, including violent attacks on boys inside school facilities. He is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term and maintains he was wrongfully convicted. He is pursuing appeals.

More than 30 claimants have come forward with sexual abuse allegations involving the longtime assistant to coach Joe Paterno, who died last year. The deals will be limited to a range of dollar values and subject to final approval by a committee empowered by the board to handle the claims. A university spokesman said the school plans to release the total amount it pays to settle the lawsuit but will not provide amounts for individual cases.

— Associated Press

Oregon man says gun accidently went off, killing girl: Court records show an Oregon man told police he was using his assault rifle as a crutch to help him get up from a couch at a friend’s apartment when it fired a burst through the ceiling and killed a young girl upstairs. Jon Andrew Meyer Jr. said the gun went off accidentally at the Grants Pass apartment on June 27. He is being held on $250,000 bail on charges of manslaughter, assault and unlawful possession of a machine gun.

— Associated Press

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