Girl survived crash,
killed by fire vehicle

One of the three victims of the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash survived the impact before being struck and killed by a fire vehicle, a coroner ruled.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, at a news conference Friday, called the death of Ye Meng Yuan, 16, a “tragic accident” that has shaken members of her department. The girl and a classmate in China died in the aftermath of the July 6 crash. Another classmate died at a hospital July 12.

Internal hemorrhaging showed the death was caused by being hit by a rescue vehicle, the San Mateo County coroner said Friday. The girl’s body was found near a blanket of foam used for extinguishing fires and was likely hit by an airport-based vehicle, Hayes-White said. She said she couldn’t answer whether the body had been under the foam.

— Bloomberg

Woman arrested in
bombing fund fraud

A New York woman used fake hospital records to pose as a Boston Marathon bombing victim with a brain injury and fraudulently collected nearly half a million dollars from the fund for victims, Massachusetts authorities said Friday.

Audrea Gause, 26, of Troy, N.Y., was arrested there Friday on a Massachusetts fugitive warrant charging her with larceny, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said.

Gause submitted a claim last month and received a $480,000 check from the fund, created to help victims of the April 15 attacks that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Coakley said authorities got a tip last week that Gause may not have been in Boston on the day of the marathon, and the hospitals later said they didn’t treat her.

— Associated Press

3 men in home may
have been captives

At least three men were found living in squalor in a converted garage in Houston on Friday, and police were investigating whether they had been held against their will and forced to hand over veterans’ benefit checks.

Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said three men, ages 80, 74 and one in his 50s, were living in a room described as dirty, with double locks on the door and a single chair. There was neither a toilet nor any beds, police said. A fourth man, age 65, was also living at the home, Smith said.

According to tax records, the 50-year-old home was a tight fit at just over 1,400 square feet for the nearly 10 people police believe may have lived there. A man has been detained for questioning and is considered a suspect, but no charges have been filed, police said.

— Reuters