He recently sent the bride a newspaper clipping about a man in California who drove off a road and into a ravine, in late September. This was a national news story covered by the AP. The man survived a week until his kids found him alive.
Coincidentally, his car landed beside another car that had gone off the same curve 10 days earlier...only that car's occupant was dead.
My brother's reaction:
With respect to the refrain of the 1964 Jan and Dean song, Dead Man's Curve, that you "won't come back from Dead Man's Curve," they were only partially correct. Apparently, your chances of coming back from Dead Man's Curve are 50%, that is, if you have a persistent family.