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Woman dies after campervan strikes her at Coopernook Forest Campground in NSW

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A woman has died after a campervan she was setting up rolled and killed her. 

The 57-year-old was setting up camp at Coopernook Forest Campground at Lansdowne Forest on New South Wales’ mid north coast about 6.15pm on Friday.

Suddenly, the campervan began to roll toward the elderly woman and struck her, knocking her on to the ground.

The 57-year-old was setting up camp at Coopernook Forest Campground at Lansdowne Forest on New South Wales' mid north coast about 6.15pm on Friday (stock image)

The 57-year-old was setting up camp at Coopernook Forest Campground at Lansdowne Forest on New South Wales' mid north coast about 6.15pm on Friday (stock image)

The 57-year-old was setting up camp at Coopernook Forest Campground at Lansdowne Forest on New South Wales’ mid north coast about 6.15pm on Friday (stock image)

She was treated on the scene by paramedics before she was taken to to Port Macquarie Hospital where she unfortunately died a short time later. 

A crime scene has since been established as police investigate the cause which led to the woman’s death. 

A report will also be prepared for the coroner. 

A campervan rolled and struck the woman onto the ground. She died a short time later in hospital (Pictured: Coopernook Forest Park where the woman was rolled over)

A campervan rolled and struck the woman onto the ground. She died a short time later in hospital (Pictured: Coopernook Forest Park where the woman was rolled over)

A campervan rolled and struck the woman onto the ground. She died a short time later in hospital (Pictured: Coopernook Forest Park where the woman was rolled over)

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Cop who shot dead an Aboriginal teenager will stand trial for murder

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A Northern Territory police officer who shot dead an Aboriginal teenager will stand trial for murder, with his lawyers arguing he acted in self-defence. 

Constable Zachary Rolfe, 29, was charged with murder after shooting Kumanjayi Walker, 19, three times during an arrest in the remote community of Yuendumu in November last year. 

The teen’s death was protested at rallies around Australia in the wake of African-American man George Floyd‘s death in the United States in May. 

Judge John Birch on Monday ordered Mr Rolfe to stand trial following a three-day preliminary hearing in the Alice Springs Local Court.

Prosecutors agree that the first shot fired at the teenager was self-defence, after the officer was stabbed and attacked with scissors.

But they claim the second and third shots, fired just 3.6 seconds later, were murder. 

Northern Territory Constable Zachary Rolfe, 29, (pictured) will stand trial for shooting dead an Aboriginal teen last November

Northern Territory Constable Zachary Rolfe, 29, (pictured) will stand trial for shooting dead an Aboriginal teen last November

Northern Territory Constable Zachary Rolfe, 29, (pictured) will stand trial for shooting dead an Aboriginal teen last November 

Mr Rolfe shot Kumanjayi Walker (pictured), 19, three times during an arrest in the remote community of Yuendumu

Mr Rolfe shot Kumanjayi Walker (pictured), 19, three times during an arrest in the remote community of Yuendumu

Mr Rolfe shot Kumanjayi Walker (pictured), 19, three times during an arrest in the remote community of Yuendumu 

The teen's death was protested at rallies around Australia in the wake of African-American man George Floyd's death in the United States in May

The teen's death was protested at rallies around Australia in the wake of African-American man George Floyd's death in the United States in May

The teen’s death was protested at rallies around Australia in the wake of African-American man George Floyd’s death in the United States in May 

Mr Rolfe was part of a four-member elite Immediate Response Team that drove 290km from Alice Springs into the Tanami Desert to arrest Walker.

The preliminary hearing in September heard evidence that Mr Walker wounded Mr Rolfe and his partner Adam Eberl with a pair of scissors in a darkened room.

Mr Rolfe allegedly shot Mr Walker with a Glock pistol three times as Walker grappled with Eberl. 

Prosecutors alleged the second and third shots were not justified, arguing the IRT ‘disregarded’ an arrest plan by Sergeant Julie Frost from the Yuendumu police station.

A criminologist said that two of the shots were ‘excessive, unreasonable and unnecessary’. 

The case comes amid rising tensions about the treatment of black and indigenous people by police. 

Zachary Rolfe served in the Army before joining the police in 2016 and won The Clarke Medal (he is pictured collecting his medal with the Governor-General) for bravery for rescuing a woman from a flood waters in Alice Springs in December that year

Zachary Rolfe served in the Army before joining the police in 2016 and won The Clarke Medal (he is pictured collecting his medal with the Governor-General) for bravery for rescuing a woman from a flood waters in Alice Springs in December that year

Zachary Rolfe served in the Army before joining the police in 2016 and won The Clarke Medal (he is pictured collecting his medal with the Governor-General) for bravery for rescuing a woman from a flood waters in Alice Springs in December that year

‘There was a careful plan put in place by Julie Frost which involved the deceased being arrested whilst he was asleep at five in the morning,’ prosecutor Philip Strickland SC told the hearing.

‘All those things were planned to control the environment better.

‘[But] he has put himself in the position where his tactical options were limited, because of a failure to follow that plan.’

But Mr Rolfe’s lawyers argued he was acting in self-defence when he fired the three shots, the ABC reported. 

‘There is not a single piece of evidence the prosecution have produced in this case that suggests that Zachary Rolfe did anything other than comply wholeheartedly with the very training the NT police gave him,’ defence barrister David Edwardson QC said. 

Mr Rolfe (pictured) refused to answer questions from reporters last year after he was seen arriving at Adelaide airport

Mr Rolfe (pictured) refused to answer questions from reporters last year after he was seen arriving at Adelaide airport

Mr Rolfe (pictured) refused to answer questions from reporters last year after he was seen arriving at Adelaide airport

The decorated officer (pictured, centre) was suspended from the police force with pay after he was charged with murder in the days following Mr Walker's death

The decorated officer (pictured, centre) was suspended from the police force with pay after he was charged with murder in the days following Mr Walker's death

The decorated officer (pictured, centre) was suspended from the police force with pay after he was charged with murder in the days following Mr Walker’s death 

The military veteran is living at his parents’ home in Canberra while free on bail and attended court via a video link from the Australian Capital Territory Magistrates Court. 

Mr Rolfe has not been required to enter a plea but denies any wrongdoing. 

He will make his first appearance in the Northern Territory Supreme Court by video on November 25.

The decorated officer was suspended from the police force with pay after he was charged with murder in the days following Mr Walker’s death. 

A trial would likely be held next year. Mr Rolfe faces a potential life sentence if convicted.

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Hospitalized patients taking aspirin daily were 47% less likely to die of COVID-19 

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Taking aspirin could reduce the risk of hospitalized coronavirus patients falling severely ill or dying, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that a daily low-dose pill could lower the likelihood of being admitted to the ICU or being placed on a ventilator by more than 40 percent.

Additionally, it cut the risk of dying from the infection by nearly half.

The team, from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), says the findings provide ‘cautious optimism’ of the efficacy of this easy and accessible medication to help prevent severe complications. 

A new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine found hospitalized coronavirus patients who took a low-dose daily aspirin were 43% less likely to be admitted to the ICU and 44% less likely to need ventilators (file image)

A new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine found hospitalized coronavirus patients who took a low-dose daily aspirin were 43% less likely to be admitted to the ICU and 44% less likely to need ventilators (file image)

A new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine found hospitalized coronavirus patients who took a low-dose daily aspirin were 43% less likely to be admitted to the ICU and 44% less likely to need ventilators (file image)

Daily aspirin use also reduced the risk of death from COVID-19 among hospitalized patients by 47%. Pictured: A COVID-19 patient lies at DHR Health, in McAllen, Texas, July 29

Daily aspirin use also reduced the risk of death from COVID-19 among hospitalized patients by 47%. Pictured: A COVID-19 patient lies at DHR Health, in McAllen, Texas, July 29

Daily aspirin use also reduced the risk of death from COVID-19 among hospitalized patients by 47%. Pictured: A COVID-19 patient lies at DHR Health, in McAllen, Texas, July 29

‘This is a critical finding that needs to be confirmed through a randomized clinical trial,’ said study leader Dr Jonathan Chow, assistant professor of anesthesiology at UMSOM. 

‘If our finding is confirmed, it would make aspirin the first widely available, over-the-counter medication to reduce mortality in COVID-19 patients.’ 

For the study, the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia, the team looked at the medical records of 412 COVID-19 patients treated at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and three other hospitals along the East Coast.

About one-quarter were taking a daily low-dose aspirin before or right after they were admitted to manage cardiovascular disease. 

Researchers controlled for several factors such as age, sex, race, body mass index and underlying conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.

Those who used aspirin daily lowered the risk of ICU admission by 43 percent and lowered the risk of being put on a mechanical ventilator by 44 percent.

Results also showed that most importantly, the aspirin decreased the risk of dying in the hospital  by 47 percent compared to those who were not taking aspirin. 

There were no difference between patients in the aspirin group and the non-aspiring group in regards to so-called adverse events such as major bleeding.

Coronavirus increases the risk of dangerous – and often deadly – blood clots that can form in the heart, lungs and blood vessels.

However, aspirin use interferes with how the blood clots, which the team believes is why the medications has so many benefits for those with COVID-19. 

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‘We believe that the blood thinning effects of aspirin provides benefits for COVID-19 patients by preventing microclot formation,’ said co-author Dr Michael Mazzeffi, an associate professor of anesthesiology at UMSOM. 

‘Patients diagnosed with COVID-19 may want to consider taking a daily aspirin as long as they check with their doctor first.’  

The team adds that while aspirin is not meant to be used as a preventive against coronavirus, it could help the patients who are the highest risk of complications. 

‘This study adds to the tremendous work our researchers are doing in the School of Medicine to help find new treatments against COVID-19 and save patients’ lives,’ said DR E. Albert Reece, Dean of USOM.  

‘While confirmatory studies are needed to prove that aspirin use leads to better outcomes in COVID-19, the evidence thus far suggests that patients may want to discuss with their doctor whether it is safe for them to take aspirin to manage potentially prevent serious complications.’ 

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Meryl Streep’s ‘racist’ nephew is caught on camera beating Hispanic student, 18, to a pulp

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Shocking new surveillance camera footage has laid bare the full extent of Meryl Streep’s nephew, Charles Harrison Streep, alleged road rage assault on a teenager in East Hampton this summer.

In footage, obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com and seen here for the first time today, Streep, 31, can be seen lifting 18-year-old David Peralta’s limp body and thrusting him to the ground in an act that, Peralta alleges, resulted in the teenager suffering a life-threatening brain injury.

Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com following the incident Peralta claimed the older man hurled racist abuse at him as he threatened to throw him to the ground and dismissed him as ‘just Spanish.’

Peralta’s parents are both from Ecuador though he was born in America where he has lived all his life.

The altercation took place on August 24 after Streep failed to observe a Stop sign causing a near collision between Peralta’s red Mustang and Streep’s Audi convertible on the Hamptons town Main Street.

The two men exchanged words but, Peralta told DailyMail.com, he thought that was that, until he realized that Streep had swung back around, in an illegal U-turn, and followed Peralta into the Chase Parking lot where events escalated with alarming speed.

Now, DailyMail.com can reveal that the incident was caught from two different angles by Chase Bank security cameras.

Shocking new surveillance camera footage has laid bare the full extent of Meryl Streep's nephew, Charles Harrison Streep, alleged road rage assault on a teenager in East Hampton this summer

Shocking new surveillance camera footage has laid bare the full extent of Meryl Streep's nephew, Charles Harrison Streep, alleged road rage assault on a teenager in East Hampton this summer

Shocking new surveillance camera footage has laid bare the full extent of Meryl Streep’s nephew, Charles Harrison Streep, alleged road rage assault on a teenager in East Hampton this summer

The altercation took place on August 24 after Streep failed to observe a Stop sign causing a near collision between Peralta's red Mustang and Streep's Audi convertible on the Hamptons town Main Street

The altercation took place on August 24 after Streep failed to observe a Stop sign causing a near collision between Peralta's red Mustang and Streep's Audi convertible on the Hamptons town Main Street

The altercation took place on August 24 after Streep failed to observe a Stop sign causing a near collision between Peralta’s red Mustang and Streep’s Audi convertible on the Hamptons town Main Street

Peralta was hospitalized with severe head trauma and needed emergency surgery after the altercation with Streep in a parking lot outside a Chase bank in East Hampton on August 24. Peralta pictured in hospital after emergency surgery

Peralta was hospitalized with severe head trauma and needed emergency surgery after the altercation with Streep in a parking lot outside a Chase bank in East Hampton on August 24. Peralta pictured in hospital after emergency surgery

Peralta was hospitalized with severe head trauma and needed emergency surgery after the altercation with Streep in a parking lot outside a Chase bank in East Hampton on August 24. Peralta pictured in hospital after emergency surgery

Streep has been charged with felony counts of second-degree assault and second-degree strangulation and released on a $5,000 bail

Streep has been charged with felony counts of second-degree assault and second-degree strangulation and released on a $5,000 bail

Streep has been charged with felony counts of second-degree assault and second-degree strangulation and released on a $5,000 bail

Streep has been charged with felony counts of second-degree assault and second-degree strangulation and released on a $5,000 bail

Streep was seen for the first time last month since the August 24 road rage attack on the balcony of his New York apartment in trendy SoHo (right). Streep has been charged with felony counts of second-degree assault and second-degree strangulation and released on a $5,000 bail

Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com following the incident Peralta claimed the older man hurled racist abuse at him as he threatened to throw him to the ground and dismissed him as 'just Spanish'

Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com following the incident Peralta claimed the older man hurled racist abuse at him as he threatened to throw him to the ground and dismissed him as 'just Spanish'

Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com following the incident Peralta claimed the older man hurled racist abuse at him as he threatened to throw him to the ground and dismissed him as ‘just Spanish’

Streep and Peralta can be seen exchanging words before both appear ready to drive away. But, instead of doing so, Streep pulls his car into the lot and can be seen stepping out of the vehicle and stalking back towards the younger man’s car as Peralta too gets out.

Peralta tries to bring his hands up but stumbles back as Streep appears to rush him.

Recalling this moment in last month’s interview Peralta told DailyMail.com: ‘He starts coming at me, pushing me. He said: ”You’re just Spanish I’m going to slam you to the ground…” [after that] I don’t remember much because I went unconscious.’

The video shows Peralta dropping down low and brings Streep down with a judo-style shoulder throw. But Streep, who outweighs Peralta by 50lbs, quickly regains control of the situation.

In footage that is as disturbing as it is instructive, Streep can be seen fixing Peralta in a choke hold. He then drags Peralta from the ground while the younger man hangs limp and unconscious and his feet scrape the tarmac. Streep then hoists Peralta’s body upwards before throwing him back down with some force.

When Peralta regained consciousness, he was bruised and bloodied on the ground and Streep was already returning to his own vehicle.

Streep was arrested three days later and charged with felony counts of second-degree assault and second-degree strangulation before being released on a bail of $5,000.

He has pleaded not guilty on both counts and is due in court on November 5.

The two men exchanged words but, Peralta told DailyMail.com, he thought that was that, until he realized that Streep had swung back around, in an illegal U-turn, and followed Peralta into the Chase Parking lot where events escalated with alarming speed

The two men exchanged words but, Peralta told DailyMail.com, he thought that was that, until he realized that Streep had swung back around, in an illegal U-turn, and followed Peralta into the Chase Parking lot where events escalated with alarming speed

The two men exchanged words but, Peralta told DailyMail.com, he thought that was that, until he realized that Streep had swung back around, in an illegal U-turn, and followed Peralta into the Chase Parking lot where events escalated with alarming speed

Recalling this moment in last month's interview Peralta told DailyMail.com: 'He starts coming at me, pushing me. He said: ''You're just Spanish I'm going to slam you to the ground…'' [after that] I don't remember much because I went unconscious'

Recalling this moment in last month's interview Peralta told DailyMail.com: 'He starts coming at me, pushing me. He said: ''You're just Spanish I'm going to slam you to the ground…'' [after that] I don't remember much because I went unconscious'

Recalling this moment in last month’s interview Peralta told DailyMail.com: ‘He starts coming at me, pushing me. He said: ”You’re just Spanish I’m going to slam you to the ground…” [after that] I don’t remember much because I went unconscious’

Some of what happened is lost to Peralta due to the severity of his injuries which saw him unconscious and with a brain bleed

Some of what happened is lost to Peralta due to the severity of his injuries which saw him unconscious and with a brain bleed

Some of what happened is lost to Peralta due to the severity of his injuries which saw him unconscious and with a brain bleed

Some of what happened is lost to Peralta due to the severity of his injuries which saw him unconscious and with a brain bleed

Some of what happened is lost to Peralta due to the severity of his injuries which saw him unconscious and with a brain bleed

Streep was later spotted playing basketball in the park with friends in Manhattan

Streep was later spotted playing basketball in the park with friends in Manhattan

Streep was later spotted playing basketball in the park with friends in Manhattan 

Streep is also fighting a civil suit brought against him by Peralta who is facing potential medical bills in excess of $100,000 and an uncertain recovery.

Because, though the entire encounter lasted less than two minutes, the impact of the injuries that Peralta sustained may well last a lifetime.

Barely a couple of hours after the incident Peralta, who had declined medical assistance at the scene, was being airlifted to Stony Brook Hospital in Southampton – the nearest facility with Level 1 Trauma capability. 

Medics had discovered a brain bleed that required surgery and every second that passed was a second closer to irreparable brain damage or death.

Peralta has not been able to start his sophomore year at New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice as he had planned and the truth is there is no way of knowing when, or if, he ever will resume those studies.

For now, his life is consumed by a regimen of medication and painkillers and instead of dates with friends his diary is populated by appointments with specialists, check-ups, therapy and CAT scans.

Peralta’s attorney Edmond Chakmakian told DailyMail.com: ‘David is never going to be the same. This is a major event in his life.

‘The level of violence is really shocking. For him to take this young man’s limp body, after he had choked him unconscious and slam him on the ground…it just rises to the level of obscenity in my view.

‘And I think to any rational, compassionate person with a heart it’s just beyond comprehension. It’s beyond entitlement. Perhaps he thinks that because of his bloodline or his famous father or aunt he can act with impunity.’

Barely a couple of hours after the incident Peralta, who had declined medical assistance at the scene, was being airlifted to Stony Brook Hospital in Southampton – the nearest facility with Level 1 Trauma capability

Barely a couple of hours after the incident Peralta, who had declined medical assistance at the scene, was being airlifted to Stony Brook Hospital in Southampton – the nearest facility with Level 1 Trauma capability

 Barely a couple of hours after the incident Peralta, who had declined medical assistance at the scene, was being airlifted to Stony Brook Hospital in Southampton – the nearest facility with Level 1 Trauma capability

Peralta has not been able to start his sophomore year at New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice as he had planned and the truth is there is no way of knowing when, or if, he ever will resume those studies

Peralta has not been able to start his sophomore year at New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice as he had planned and the truth is there is no way of knowing when, or if, he ever will resume those studies

Peralta has not been able to start his sophomore year at New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice as he had planned and the truth is there is no way of knowing when, or if, he ever will resume those studies

Pictured the scene of the incident. An attorney for the 18-year-old is calling for Streep to face hate crime charges over the attack

Pictured the scene of the incident. An attorney for the 18-year-old is calling for Streep to face hate crime charges over the attack

Pictured the scene of the incident. An attorney for the 18-year-old is calling for Streep to face hate crime charges over the attack

Streep’s own father Dana, 67, is also an actor, albeit one thoroughly in the shadow of his more famous sibling, Charles’s multi-Oscar winning aunt.

As well as their home in the Hamptons the family own a large property in Connecticut and Charles, one of four siblings, has had every opportunity in life that his parents could afford him.

But this is not the first time he has had a brush with the law, though it appears to be by far the most serious.

Court records obtained by DailyMail.com show that Streep was found guilty of disorderly conduct/physical offense (engaging in fighting or violent conduct, using obscene language or gestures) in an incident linked to a traffic stop in Pennsylvania in 2012.

Streep is the son of Meryl's brother Dana Streep and his wife Mary

Streep is the son of Meryl's brother Dana Streep and his wife Mary

Streep is the son of Meryl’s brother Dana Streep and his wife Mary

Today, Chakmakian is adamant, ‘The legal system, both on the criminal and the civil front is going to show him that there are consequences for your actions.’

When DailyMail.com approached the Streep family for comment at their expansive East Hampton home Charles’ mother, Mary, answered the door.

She dismissed inquiries on the subject as ‘trashy’ and said, ‘there are two sides to every story,’ but declined to elaborate further.

For Peralta’s part, he told DailyMail.com that he hopes for justice and to recover.

He said, ‘If you’re famous or have money it doesn’t mean you can treat other people just however you want.

‘It’s not how this world is supposed to be. It’s not how we’re supposed to treat each other.

‘I want justice. More than that I want him to pay for what he did to me.

‘And I know it’s going to be hard, and it’s going to be long, but I just want to recover from this.’

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