Tampa FL Cirque du Soleil Audience In Shock After Ribbon Dancer Plunges To Stage

An aerial acrobat fell during a Tampa Under the Big Top performance of Cirque du Soleil‘s “Volta” Saturday night leaving audience members stunned and prompting organizers to cancel the remainder of that show as well as ALL remaining shows at the venue.

The dancer, who has not been identified, reportedly was on one of the ribbon straps when something went wrong and they catapulted onto the stage. Cirque du Soleil has not released any information on the extent of the employee’s injuries.

Cirque du Soleil released the following uninformative statement about the accident:

“Yesterday night, March 17th, one of the aerial straps artists of VOLTA by Cirque du Soleil fell during his performance on stage in Tampa,” according to spokesman Jose Boza. “The artist was immediately carried out of stage to receive assistance. In order for the VOLTA team to focus on the health of the artist, the rest of the show was cancelled.” Continue reading

Undocumented Houston Man Weeps In Court After Fatal DUI Crash Involving Own Children

Houston man Elmer Quintanilla has been named as the Texas father charged with murder and DWI Monday after causing a crash that left one man dead Sunday, the Harris County sheriff’s office said.

Deputies were called just after 1 p.m. to the northbound feeder of West Road and Beltway 8 to a report of Quintanilla, 26, driving a pickup truck erratically with his wife and three young children, ages 1, 5 and 6 years old.

Quintanilla was traveling at a high rate of speed in a 2013 GMC Sierra pickup truck when he tried to exit the West Road Toll Plaza, instead losing control and rear-ending a late model Acura. Continue reading