Died after Hitting his Head on a Roadside Mailbox

Nathan Ostrowski, 16, of South Fayette Township outside Pittsburgh was getting a ride home when the driver swerved to avoid hitting a groundhog. Ostrowski, who was resting his head on his arm on the car’s front seat window ledge, struck his head on a mailbox on the side of the road and died later in a hospital. (Associated Press, 9 September 1995)

Multiple Gunshot Suicide

In February 1995, a man committed suicide on parkland in Canberra, Australia. He took a pump action shotgun and shot himself in the chest. The load passed through the chest without hitting a rib, and went out the other side. He then walked fifteen meters, reloaded, leaned the shotgun against his throat, and shot his throat and part of his jaw. He then reloaded, walked 136 meters to a hill slope, lay down on the slope, held the gun against his chest with his hands and operated the trigger with his toes. This shot entered the thoracic cavity and demolished the heart, killing him.