A couple died in a car crash while fleeing ICE agents in California, authorities say

Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments The inside track on Washington politics. Be the first to know about new stories from PowerPost. Sign up to follow, and we’ll e-mail you free updates as they’re published. You’ll receive free e-mail news updates each time a new story is published. You’re all set! Sign up *Invalid email address Got it Got it Post Nation by Amy B Wang by Amy B Wang Email the author March 15 at 12:35 PM Email the author U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are seen during an early-morning operation in this 2015 photo. (LM Otero/AP file) Two farmworkers were killed in a car crash Tuesday after trying to flee from federal immigration agents who had appeared at the couple’s residence in California’s Central Valley, authorities said. Just before 7 a.m. Tuesday, deportation officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrived at a house in Delano, Calif., thinking it belonged to a Mexican citizen they wanted to arrest, ICE spokeswoman Jennifer D. Elzea said. A man “matching the target’s description” emerged from the house and got into an SUV, according to Elzea and local police. When the agents attempted to stop the SUV, its driver pulled over at first — but sped away after the ICE officers got out of their vehicle, Elzea said. The driver of the SUV, who apparently lost control of the car as he was speeding, veered onto a dirt shoulder and Continue Reading

Aaron Carter totals BMW in Florida car accident

Aaron Carter was involved in a car accident late Monday night that left him with a broken nose, he told fans via Twitter Tuesday. The 29-year-old singer wrote that he "completely totaled" his BMW M4 in a "terrible accident" that, according to Entertainment Tonight, happened in St. Petersburg, Fla., near his home. Carter did not reveal whether or not he was driving the vehicle, which he affectionately called "Aqua," but he did confirm that all of his airbags were set off and that everyone in the car was OK. "Life is really so precious. I just got into a terrible accident and completely totaled my BMW M4," he wrote. "All of my airbags went off and I'm cut up all over, at least everyone survived and we're good. I never meant to get into an accident as severe as this. I've ran into people before and honestly nothing compares to what happened today." The "I Want Candy" singer also wrote that "this sh-- hurts my arms hurt my legs hurt all my airbags went off I broke my nose this is f--ked up." Carter shared a photo of himself behind the wheel of a car with the caption "On cruise #solo lol" early Tuesday morning, though it remains unclear if the vehicle was the one involved in the accident. The incident caps a drama-plagued summer for the former teen pop star. Last month, he split with girlfriend Madison Parker just after revealing he found men and women attractive, and in July, he was arrested on DUI and drug possession charges. Continue Reading

Iowa woman who played Mrs. Claus killed in car accident after visiting with children

A 79-year-old Iowa woman who thrilled kids for years as Mrs. Claus was killed in a car accident on Saturday, authorities said. Joyce Daniels and husband Jack were heading home to St. Charles after playing Santa and Mrs. Claus in the town of Winterset when their vehicle ran into ice on the road, according to the Des Moines Register. The car rolled over once before landing upside-down in a ditch. Jack Daniels, also 79, survived the crash, and remains hospitalized with broken bones and other injuries, his brother told the paper. "They loved children and loved to make them happy," Larry Daniels told the newspaper. "They'd give them small gifts, all out of their own pocket." Jack and Joyce Daniels had been dutifully playing the holiday roles for at least 15 years, according to the paper. "A few weeks ago, it was cold out, but they went and they saw 148 kids," Jack's younger brother Claude told the newspaper. The couple, who had five children and a huge extended family, took the Santa and Mrs. Claus roles more seriously than most, according to their friends. "They just were a couple that was always together," St. Charles neighbor Jerry McDonald told the Register. "They were always out in the community — didn’t have an enemy in the world." Jennie Hargrove's young daughter met the couple just hours before the tragic accident. "She was in awe," the mom told the newspaper. "She loved to see his beard and sit on his lap. She wasn’t afraid. "I hope that people remember that she spent the last hours of her life bringing joy to children," she added. "It was a tragic ending, but she got to spend her last day doing something she loved." With News Wire Services Continue Reading

Growing up in a religious house isn’t always divine, say kids in ‘Preachers’ Daughters’

These young ladies have much to confess. Of the three stars of “Preachers’ Daughters,” Lifetime’s latest docuseries, one wants to be a porn star and another’s a teen mom who doesn’t know who the dad is. The third’s a good girl with a pair of preacher parents who make her life hell when she wants to start dating. The show, premiering Tuesday at 10 p.m., looks past the pulpit and into the homes of three different families. “Having your dad as a preacher really adds a lot of pressure to rebel against it,” Olivia Perry, 18, tells the Daily News. “It was just really hard to be under the limelight of the church, and the expectation that you have to be perfect.” So rebel she did. “Last summer, I was partying a lot and sleeping around,” Perry says in the premiere. “I was driving on acid, got in a car accident and got my license suspended. Then I got pregnant.” On the show, she breaks the news to her dad, a California pastor, that the father of her baby could be either of two guys. Taylor Coleman, also 18, wants to make clear she’s not “this girl who’s always in her Bible,” even though she has a strict pastor dad. He frowns upon her dating, but cameras capture her kissing her bad-boy ex-boyfriend. She says she feels like she’s in prison, and wants to be a porn star or stripper, because “you’re free.” “It’s almost a form of expression, like going from one extreme to the next,” Coleman says. “Porn star to me meant just freedom. I got over that.” Kolby Koloff, 16, has been blessed with two preacher parents. When she wants to date, her dad’s surprisingly okay with it, despite putting a boy who’s chatting her up at church into a headlock. Her mom, a Christian preacher who gives abstinence talks to teens, won’t let her date till she Continue Reading

In a fix: Repairs are leaving more rent-regulated New Yorkers in a jam

Lou Goldstein has lived in the same prewar three-bedroom apartment on Central Park West practically his entire life. He arrived at age 14 in 1962 following his mother’s remarriage to the nephew of the building’s original owner. “This has always been my home base,” says the 64-year-old liquor salesman, waxing nostalgic about the doormen letting him drive the manual elevator on which composer Leonard Bernstein was an occasional passenger. In 2003, Goldstein returned permanently to care for his then-widowed mother. Though she hadn’t bought when the building went co-op in 1984, the original sponsor, Time Equities, was happy to continue renting to her indefinitely for $1,400 per month. Plus the offering plan had granted her succession rights for family already living there. Jeff Bachner for New York Daily News Lou Goldstein But when he unsuccessfully tried having the apartment repainted while she was in the final stages of liver cancer and hospitalized for a broken hip in early 2009, Goldstein had no idea what was coming next. Two weeks after her death that April, the new sponsor, Bradley Rinzler of ­Dominion Management, slapped him with an eviction notice — an ordeal that three years and nearly $10,000 in legal fees later remains far from over — even though he ultimately prevailed in housing court and was granted a new paint job. His story is like many others. Goldstein is part of a growing group of New Yorkers who’ve literally become prisoners in their own homes; places they’ve loved and often lived in for decades, but can’t get repaired or afford to leave. Typically, these dilapidated dwellings are ­either rent stabilized or rent controlled and exist in practically every building and neighborhood. Of course, landlord-tenant repair tussles are hardly new. But despite what people think, rent-controlled tenants aren’t always the luckiest people in New York. Experts say Continue Reading

Ryan Dunn, star of ‘Jackass,’ dies at 34 in a car accident in Pennsylvania

In the hours before he fatally crashed his Porsche 911 GT3, "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn, 34, was chugging down beer - and, according to one report, three shots of liquor.Twitter.Pennsylvania bar just after 2 a.m. early Monday was unclear.America in West Chester, Penn., the bar's manager Jim O'Brien told The Daily News.Ryan wasn't one of the wild guys you would see on 'Jackass.' He never really got drunk here. He was always just quiet and did his own thing."TMZ.com said that Dunn was "wasted" and also knocking back shots. Hours before the car accident, Ryan Dunn posted this photo of himself drinking at a party.The Twitpic Dunn posted showed him  drinking with two other pals.Johnny Knoxville, who discovered Dunn and co-star Bam Margera when they were just young skateboarders was stunned by the tragedy.Jeff Tremaine, another co-creator of "Jackass," echoed Knoxville's words: "I feel like I lost a brother," he told the News. "Ryan Dunn was family and we are all deeply devastated."PHOTOS: OTHER STARS WHO LEFT US TOO SOONSteve-O) Glover just recently appeared together on "Minute to Win It," the Guy Fieri-hosted game show, where they raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity.Jason (Wee-Man) Acuna, tweeted his "super awesome memory" of Dunn: when the two attended a concert by the band J. Roddy & the Business. I MISS YOU BUD!!" he wrote. "You were always a happy kick-ass dude!!"MTV and became an instant hit for its gross-out stunts and goofball cast. Jackass 3-D." With Alexandra Galkin Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Two dead in separate car accidents in Brooklyn

A 55-year-old man and a young motorist have been killed in separate accidents in Brooklyn, police said. The unidentified pedestrian was struck by a Lincoln Town Car at Fort Hamilton Pkway. and 39th St. in Borough Park just before midnight Sunday. Remigir Cajamarca, 50, who works in a nearby bodega, called 911. "Oh, my God! Call 911! Someone got hit!" a woman wailed to him. "The man was just lying in the middle of the road," said Cajamarca. "He wasn't moving." Paramedics took the victim to Maimonides Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the Lincoln remained at the scene and was not charged, police said. About four miles away in Gravesend, Constantine Beyn was cruising with passengers in a Toyota Camry when the car jumped a curb and slammed into a subway stanchion. Four hours after the 10:15 p.m. accident at Shell Rd. and Bouck Ct. Beyn died at Lutheran Medical Center. Two 24-year-old women riding with Beyn were taken to the same hospital, where they were in serious but stable condition. A third passenger, a 22-year-old man, was treated at Lutheran, but is expected to be released, police said. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Mets’ Francisco Rodriguez flies to Venezuela after family member involved in serious car accident

Already reeling from the bad news that Daniel Murphy is out 2-6 weeks with a knee injury, Jose Reyes won't be ready for Opening Day and their starting rotation is in shambles, the Mets were dealt another blow yesterday when closer Francisco Rodriguez abruptly left the team after he got news that a family member had been hospitalized following a car accident in Caracas, Venezuela. Rodriguez left the Mets' spring training complex early yesterday to return to his hometown of Caracas, according to K-Rod's agent, Paul Kinzer. The injured family member is believed to be Rodriguez's brother. “There was a car accident with one of his family members. I'm waiting to hear from (Rodriguez) to see how he's doing. It's pretty serious,” Kinzer told the Daily News. “I found out (Wednesday) night. Hopefully it works out.” Attempts to reach Rodriguez were unsuccessful.Citi Field. “I know he's planning on being there for Opening Day,” said Kinzer. GM Omar Minaya declined to comment on the specifics of the situation, beyond saying that Rodriguez will not join the Mets for its games today in St. Petersburg against Tampa and tomorrow in Sarasota against Baltimore. Minaya added that he did not know if the righthander would attend Sunday's workout at Citi Field. “Right now we expect him to be available (for the opener),” Minaya said. Rodriguez, 28, missed time earlier this spring with conjunctivitis. He has allowed eight hits and two earned runs in seven Grapefruit League innings. Minaya added that catcher Omir Santos, likely headed to Triple-A, has also left the team to deal with an unspecified personal issue. The news about Rodriguez comes a day after the Mets lost half of their starting infield to injuries. Daniel Murphy was diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his right knee on Wednesday, and is expected to miss 2-6 weeks. The first baseman hurt the knee while being caught in a rundown between third and home during Continue Reading

New York Giants third-round draft pick Chad Jones involved in serious car accident in New Orleans

Giants draft pick Chad Jones, a safety selected in the third round out of LSU in April, lost control of his black Range Rover and crashed into a streetcar pole on a six-lane avenue in New Orleans at 6:15 a.m. Friday. He was listed in critical but stable condition before undergoing surgery on his left leg. Two passengers were also injured, but they were treated at the scene. "His loss of control is for reasons unknown right now," New Orleans police spokeswoman Shereese Harper said. Jones, 21, suffered a broken leg and had arteries and nerves exposed, according to CBS affiliate WWL-TV. His father Al, a high school principal, told a local radio station that Jones was alert when paramedics attended to him, placed him on a stretcher and then transported him to the LSU Public Hospital's Trauma Center in Baton Rouge. He remained in surgery into the evening as doctors attempted to restore blood flow to his foot. Jones was out of surgery Friday night, and his father told The Associated Press that it appeared doctors were able to improve blood flow around Chad's ankle. "Chad got this far. God brought him this far. He's not going to leave him alone," Al Jones said. "Chad is a fighter. That's why he's at this point and stage in his life and he's going to continue to fight. ... One way or another, Chad's going to be just fine." Firefighters and members of the emergency rescue division needed 20 minutes to extricate Jones from the mangled SUV, which was smashed in from the front. Jeb Tate, an Emergency Medical Services spokesman, said the injuries were "substantial." Police said Jones, from Baton Rouge, had been charged with "careless operation of a vehicle" and that they would run toxicology tests to determine whether alcohol played any role in the crash. Jones, who was expected to serve as a reserve safety and had displayed progress as a return man during offseason workouts, signed a four-year contract on worth $2.6 million on July 11, with a signing bonus Continue Reading

Study: Men behind wheel in most car accidents involving deaths of pedestrians

Beward of lead-footed men at the wheel around the holidays. A city study of pedestrian deaths found that male drivers are responsible for the vast majority - and that November and December are the most dangerous months. Officials also discovered that most people don't know the speed limit on city streets is 30mph unless otherwise posted. "Society has led us to believe that it's drunken driving or texting" that kills people in car wrecks, said Noah Budnick of Transportation Alternatives. "But that people don't even know the speed limit is pretty scary." The city - which announced new safety measures yesterday - examined 7,000 accidents over an eight-year period and found the following:   Crowded sidewalks and icy conditions in November and December - not to mention booze-fueled revelry - added up to almost 20% more crashes involving pedestrians than in the rest of the year.  Men were driving in 80% of pedestrian crashes, even though only 57% of city vehicles are registered to men.Male walkers were more likely to be victims, too. The study counted 40 boys younger than 13 killed by cars between 2004 and 2008 compared with just 12 girls in those years.   Most pedestrians are struck by private vehicles, not trucks or cabs.  Pedestrians are more likely to be struck in a crosswalk than while jaywalking - but more likely to die if they're hit in the middle of the block rather than at the intersection.The discovery that city drivers don't know the speed limit was part of a separate focus group study in which nearly all of the 48 people questioned got the answer wrong. That's important given that officials say a pedestrian struck by a vehicle going 40 mph is four times more likely to die than one hit at 30 mph. David Shephard watched as his fiancée, Sonya Powell, 41, was struck and killed by a fast-moving car as she crossed Baychester Ave. in the Bronx last November. "I stood there and yelled out to Sonya to Continue Reading