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The Holy Grail:  Site of Sam Kinison's Death
Submitted by The Woorhog & Screamin' Sam


Introduction
:             Radio DJ The Woorhog sent me this photo of comedienne Sam Kinison's death site.  Sam's brother Bill Kinison makes an annual pilgrimage to the site of Sam's accident.  There are no crosses or monuments there, but Bill knows exactly where the site is.  This year, Bill was joined by professional Sam Kinison impersonator Screamin' Sam (Isn't the resemblance uncanny?!!).  Here we see them at the actual site.  On a personal note, I was a fan of Sam Kinison, and his tragic death was the loss of comic genius.  The really weird thing is that every time I drove on Highway 95, I always wondered where Sam's accident occurred.  Now, it turns out I've driven right by it numerous times.  Special thanks to The Woorhog & Screamin' Sam for the pictures.                   

Road:
                       3 - 4 miles north of the I95 / I40 interchange along northbound Highway 95,
                                          where the road makes as light climbing turn to the left.

Location:                 Along Highway 95, 3 miles north of Needles, CA
Victim:                    
Sam Kinison
Date of Accident:   
April 10, 1992

Inscription:
             
N/A
Age:                                38   

Description:            Empty desert landscape along Interstate 95.  No cross or monument at the sight.

Accident Details:    
On April 10, 1992, Sam was on his way to Laughlin, Nevada, to perform at a sold out concert. He had been married just the week before to a 20 year old woman called Malika. They honeymooned in Hawaii. It was a Friday night when Sam was to perform in Laughlin, and they drove there from Los Angeles. They traveled East on the 40 until they got to the 95 , when the route went North . There are conflicting reports as to where exactly the accident happened. One report says 3 miles north of the interchange, another says 4 miles. Sam was sober. He hadn't had a drink or done drugs in months, and it was a big issue for him. It was about 8:30pm when they were on their way to the show, and apparently Sam saw the pickup truck coming from the other direction. Sam had slowed his car to 15mph whem the truck hit his Trans Am head on. Two kids were in the pickup, which was littered with beer cans, and apparently after hitting Sam, the driver remarked, "God! Look at my truck!" Sam wasn't wearing a seatbelt, and he hit the windshield with his head. A passerby called for emergency services, and tried giving Sam CPR, with no success. Immediately after the crash, witnesses say that Sam looked normal enough and seemed like he would pull through. Then something very strange happened:  Sam began having a conversation with a phantom visitor who no one else could see.  He said, "No, I don't want to die. I don't want to die." Then Sam began arguing with his invisible companion ... While staring intently into empty space, he said, "But why? 'Okay, okay, okay." The last okay was apparently said very softly and comfortably, like he was talking to someone he loved. He was taken to the Needles Desert Community Hospital , to the emergency room, and received dead on arrival. Cause of death - Multiple traumatic injuries. He was 38 years old.

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