Final Destination in Real Life: 8 People Who Couldn’t Cheat Death

The Final Destination franchise has skirted death many times. Originally conceived as a sample script for The X-Files in 1995, it made the unusual transition into a feature film five years later. In each movie, Death itself hunts down victims who evaded their intended fate.

1The Woman Who Cheated Death at a Brazilian Nightclub Fire which Killed 238 Only to Die a Week Later in a Car Crash

A woman who cheated death at a Brazilian nightclub fire after making a last-minute decision to stay home was killed a week later in a freak road accident.

In January 2013, Jessica de Lima Rohl, 21, helped organize a party for university students at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, south Brazil and sold tickets for the event. But as she was getting ready to leave her home on the night of the doomed freshers' ball which left 238 dead, her boyfriend called and asked her not to go.

Despite most of her friends being at the event, agribusiness student Miss de Lima Rohl listened to the pleas of 20-year-old Adriano Stefanel, who was living in another town, and stayed home. Hours later, flames would rip through the packed club after a band member lit a firework on stage which ignited the club's foam roof. Many died after inhaling toxic fumes, while others were crushed in a battle to escape the blaze. It was the worst nightclub fire in more than a decade.

Only five days later, the girl travelled to the town where her boyfriend had been working, and the two planned to return together by car two days later - a distance of 82 miles. However, according to police the couple had driven just a few miles when their Volkswagon Golf collided head-on with a truck.

Jessica died instantly, and Mr. Stefanel, who would have turned 21 the next day, died later in the hospital.

2The Girl Who Survived the Asiana Plane Crash but was Killed by a Responding Firetruck

As the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 burned, Ye Meng Yuan was lying on the ground just 30 feet away, buried by the firefighting foam that rescue workers were spraying to douse the flames. No one knows exactly how the 16-year-old Chinese student reached that spot, but officials say that one thing is now clear: She somehow survived the July 6, 2013 crash at San Francisco International airport.

But in the chaotic moments that followed, including flames devouring the fuselage, those aboard escaping by emergency slides, and flight attendants frantically cutting away seat belts to free passengers, a fire truck ran over Yuan, killing her.

Yuan, 16, was lying injured on the runway, but was covered by fire-retardant foam that was sprayed by first responders. Two San Francisco Fire Department firefighters saw Yuan lying in a fetal position on the runway and assumed that she was dead. However, a coroner later determined that she had still been alive.

In unreleased video footage, the first foam truck is seen driving away from the scene as Chief Johnson arrives and looks over the area where Yuan was covered by foam. A second foam truck arrives on the scene and also soaks the plane with foam. Unaware that Yuan was beneath the foam, the driver backed up and killed the teen.

She was one of the two fatalities of the unfortunate accident. The other victim was Mengyuan's classmate, Wang Linjia. Remarkably, 305 others on the plane survived the crash.

3The Woman Who was Killed in the Dark Knight Massacre After Surviving a Mall Shooting in Toronto

Hours after news broke of a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, CO, the photographs started circulating, including images of a pretty, red-haired woman with a big smile on her face. Jessica Redfield (whose given last name was Ghawi), a young sports broadcaster/blogger from Texas who was an intern at a Denver radio station, was one of the 12 people who were killed in the shooting.

Just a month before that, Redfield had survived a shooting that killed one person and left a handful of other people wounded in the Eaton Centre mall in Toronto. Redfield reflected on her near-death experience on her blog, writing, "I can't get this odd feeling out of my chest. This empty, almost sickening feeling won't go away. … It's hard for me to wrap my mind around how a weird feeling saved me from being in the middle of a deadly shooting."

She said that she chose a burger over sushi and then decided to go outside to get fresh air because she had a strange feeling. Had she not gone out, she would have been standing in the food court during the shooting.

4The Woman Who Survived the 9/11 Attack Only to Die on Flight AA 589 Two Months Later

When terrorists struck the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Hilda Yolanda Mayol was fortunate to escape from the ground floor restaurant where she worked. Unfortunately, her luck only lasted two months. She was one of those aboard the doomed American Airlines Flight 589 that crashed in the New York borough of Queens on November 12, in which all 260 passengers were killed.

The 26-year-old Mayol was heading home to the Dominican Republic to vacation with her mother and her two children, who happened to have taken a flight out of New York two weeks prior.

5The Only Member of the University of Evansville Men's Basketball Team Who was Not on the Deadly DC-3 Flight but was Killed After Being Hit By a Drunk Driver Two Weeks Later

In 1977, the University of Evansville Men's Basketball Team was killed in a plane crash. One player didn't make the trip due to an illness. He was killed in a car wreck two weeks later.

The plane crash occurred on December 13, 1977 when a Douglas DC-3, registration N51071, carrying the University of Evansville basketball team crashed on takeoff at the Evansville Regional Airport in Evansville, Indiana. The aircraft lost control and crashed shortly after lift-off. The plane was on its way to Nashville, taking the team to play the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

However, there was another terrible twist of fate. Cut from the team because of an ankle injury, UE freshman David Furr was not on the plane. Two weeks after the crash, he and his 16-year-old brother were driving home from a holiday basketball tournament and were killed in a drunken car accident in Newton, IL, leaving all of the members of the 1977 Purple Aces Basketball team dead.

6The Father and Daughter Who Died in a Plane Wreck Four Years After They Narrowly Escaped Death in an Airplane Crash

In 2011, a father and daughter from Texas who walked away from a plane crash four years ago were killed in another plane crash. Elzie (Bud) Warren, 70, and his daughter Phyllis Jean Ridings, 52, were flying an experimental plane to an air show in Temple, Texas when the cockpit began to fill with smoke. The plane crashed “in a ball of flames,” just half a mile north of the Conroe, Texas airport.

They were both members of the Experimental Aircraft Association and were flying a kit-built Ravin 500, a plane flown by less than 20 people worldwide.

In 2007, they miraculously survived an emergency landing in a hay field after the engine in their homemade plane caught fire.

“I give all the credit to God and my father's flying skills,” Ridings said after the 2007 crash. “He saved our lives.”

There's no indication whether God or her father's flying skills were taking a break this past weekend, or whether Death finally caught up to Warren and Ridings Final Destination-style, but this was a pretty awful tragedy.

7The Woman Who Missed Air France Flight 447 Only to Die in a Car Crash 2 Weeks Later

In 2009, an Italian woman who didn't board the crashed Air France Flight 447 because she arrived late to the airport was killed in a car crash just two weeks later.

Johanna Ganthaler, a pensioner from Bolzano-Bozen province, had been on holiday in Brazil with her husband Kurt and missed their flight after turning up late at Rio de Janeiro Airport. All 228 people aboard lost their lives after the plane crashed into the Atlantic four hours into its flight to Paris. After losing the flight, the couple had managed to pick up a flight from Rio the following day.

Two weeks later, Ms. Ganthaler died when her car veered across a road in Kufstein, Austria and swerved into an oncoming truck. Her husband was seriously injured.

However, as much as we would like to think that this was just like the famous blockbuster, according to a Brazilian TV show the woman and her husband hadn't bought a ticket from Air France. They were actually traveling to Iberia. The surviving husband testified that the story was just a lie.

8The Little Boy Who Survived a Monster Oklahoma Tornado Only to Be Mauled to Death by a Dog

At the tender age of five, surviving a tornado a mile wide is, at the least, traumatizing. Being separated from mom and dad after that and living in a strange house is enough to make a little boy break down and cry. Through the eyes of a possessive dog, however, a stranger in the house who is screaming at a family member can look like a threat that must be dealt with.

These two scenarios cruelly collided when a 150-lb bull mastiff fatally mauled a 5-year-old boy, puncturing his head and neck.

Lynn Geiling had taken the little boy into her Jessieville, Arkansas home after he and his family survived a monster tornado that waylaid Moore, Oklahoma in May 2013. His parents had returned home, 200 miles away, to gather up the pieces of their lives.

On the tragic day, something upset the child and he threw a temper tantrum. Geiling went over to calm him, but the screaming upset another family member -- Geiling's dog.
The dog probably thought that the boy was attacking its owner, so it lunged for him.

Geiling fought to unlock the dog's jaws from around the boy while calling to her husband for help. She pried the dog loose, but the damage was done. The couple rushed the bleeding boy into an ambulance which took him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.