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Easter Events Jacksonville, St Augustine, St Marys Georgia

Wishing you all the Joys of Spring! Happy Easter! Easter Egg Hunts and Nature Connection with Lego Bricks, Easter Parades and train trips with the Easter Bunny or get up early for a Easter Sunrise service. We have links for Easter events from St Augustine, Jacksonville Florida and St Marys Georgia.

Barnes & Cohen Announces a $2.9 Million Jury Verdict

Barnes & Cohen is pleased to announce a $2.9 million jury verdict was awarded in an Auto Accident case in January 2017. Our client was seriously injured in an Auto Accident  in Camden County Georgia. The jury award is one of the largest ever recorded in Camden County. The accident was handled by our St Marys Georgia Office. Our lead attorney at that office is Patrick Sullivan. Barnes & Cohen appreciates the trust placed in us by our injured clients. At Barnes & Cohen we care about our injured clients we know that the damages can't heal all of the pain but we are grateful to be a part of helping to restore the lives of injured victims. Our main office is located in Jacksonville, Florida. Our South Georgia Office is located in St Marys, Georgia. Chuck Barnes & Glenn Cohen have extensive experience in the field of Personal Injury defending the rights of the injured for over 35 years. Barnes & Cohen has successfully defended thousands of injured clients. Their recent cases page on their web site includes large jury verdicts and settlements in Slip & Fall accidents, Medical Malpratcice and Auto Accident cases. 

Child Safety Seats Essential to Protect in an Accident

Child Safety seats are required by law and essential for a child's safety while riding in a motor vehicle. A mother stopped for speeding in McIntosh County Georgia gave the Police Officer cause for concern as he viewed the condition of her baby son's car safety seat.  He agreed to waive the speeding ticket and requested she purchase a new car seat for her baby. Sgt. Jeremiah Jerrell's request was met with tears from the mom as she explained she could not afford another safety seat. Sgt. Jerrell made a trip to Walmart and purchased a new car seat with his own money from the store. He presented the new car seat to the Mom the same day. The mom was grateful for Sgt. Jerrell's gift. Parents and grandparents if you travel with a child or an infant in a car safety seat we recommend you place an adhesive label on the seat with emergency contact information. If you are ever in an accident or a health issue arises and you are unable to communicate with First Responders while your little one is with you. This will give Emergency Workers the phone number of the trusted adult you designate, health emergency information about your child and your child's name. Fill out the Emergency Information on your cell phone and make sure you have a copy in your glove compartment in case your phone cannot be located. For Accident Do's and Don'ts and a form you can print on adhesive paper for your child's car seat click on the link.  http://www.bbcjustice.com/Legal-Tips/Accident-Dos-Donts.shtml

Fatal Trucking Accident

A fatal trucking accident ended in death for a young man trying to get home for Christmas. A 28 year-old motivational speaker from New Jersey was killed on his way home for Christmas when a tractor-trailer crashed into his car on I-95. The accident occurred around 12:30 a.m. Thursday on December 22. Hezekiah Griggs III was parked with his emergency flashers on in the safety zone on I-95 at Old St Augustine Road when a tractor-trailer hit the back of Hezekiah Griggs vehicle. According to the Florida Highway Patrol the tractor- trailer driver from Jacksonville was attempting to merge onto the Interstate when his truck struck the parked Mercedes driven by Hezekiah Griggs. Griggs planned to catch a flight from Orlando to return home in time for Christmas. Hezekiah Griggs died at the scene. A somber Christmas fell over the celebration planned for the family and friends of Hezekiah Griggs after this tragic accident.

Defective Air Bags Safety Risk

Air Bag issues continue to place drivers and their passengers at risk. Nissan has issued a recall. The recall includes Altima, Rogue and Maxima the model year range is 2013-2015. An incorrect Occupant Classification System (OCS) Electronic Control Unit (ECU) may have been installed in the front passenger seat. The incorrect ECU and seat combination may misclassify the front passenger seat occupant. Due to this issue the Air Bag may not deploy or it may deploy incorrectly in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ECU and update the OCS software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by February 12, 2017. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261. Recall issues affect our safety on the road some of the issues actually increase our risk of crashing other issues increase our risk of serious injuries in a crash. You can check your vehicle to see if any recalls have been issued by using your VIN number at www.safercar.gov.

Organ Donor Brings Hope After Tragic Accident

A tragic accident that brought devastation to a family at Thanksgiving has given renewed hope for five families through an organ donor program. Megan Twist was only 23 years old when she fell from the back of a moving pick-up truck. Megan Twist was an organ donor, after her tragic death her lungs went to a 49 year-old man, her liver went to help a 64 year-old woman, her left kidney and pancreas were donated to a 39 year-old woman and her right kidney were donated to a 25 year-old woman. The family of Megan Twist has found strength in this tragic situation knowing her organs have saved the lives of others. They hope to one day meet the recipients of Megan's organs. The accident that claimed Megan's life occurred in Brunswick, Georgia while her boyfriend Richard Wiltfang was at the wheel of his pick-up truck. According to the Brunswick police department the accident is still under investigation.

Fatal Accident Claims Two Lives Traveling Through Jacksonville

Jacksonville was the scene of a fatal accident claiming the life of two passengers in an SUV on I-295. According to the Florida Highway Patrol a Toyota Sequoia with a U-Haul attached traveling North on I-295 was struck by a Ford sedan. Korey Short, 21 was driving a Ford 500 Hundred sedan when he left the roadway and struck the concrete median, he then reentered the road and struck the U-Haul that was being transported by the SUV. The impact on the U-Haul caused the SUV to flip over ejecting a man and a woman. The ejected passengers Quillerman Cruz, 42 and a 39 year-old man were killed. The driver of the SUV was not injured three other passengers were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. All of the occupants were from out of town. Holidays bring extra travelers to our roadways along with the added traffic of local shoppers and holiday parties accidents increase. Please drive with extra caution and buckle up. 

Jacksonville Teen Dies in Auto Accident

A sad day for Jacksonville after a second teen death on our roadways yesterday both teens were attended high school in the Arlington area. Derek George a 16 year old Atlantic Coast High School student suffered fatal injuries in an auto accident after his car slid off the road and struck a tree. Derek George was leaving school Thursday night after his junior varsity game when he crashed on R.G. Skinner Parkway near Baymeadows Road. Derek George was traveling North on Skinner parkway just after 8 p.m. when his Nissan left the road and hit a tree his two passengers were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Derek George died at the scene. Teammates and friends have created a memorial at the scene leaving flowers, notes and even their own jerseys in memory of Derek George. Earlier in the day on Thursday another teen Denny Grahovic a Sandalwood student died from injuries sustained in an auto accident on Beach Blvd. In the wake of a second teen death in an auto accident in the same area of town the Duval County Public School issued a statement: "The communities of Sandalwood, Atlantic Coast High and all Duval County Public Schools are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of its two students due to auto accidents. To support the well-being of students and faculty, specially-trained school counselors and social workers will be onsite today at both high schools, and will provide continued support as needed." 

Jacksonville Teen Dies in Multi Car Accident

Jacksonville's Beach Boulevard was the scene of a major accident yesterday that claimed the life of a teen. When a major road closes on a busy day our heart aches because we know the accident ahead was a serious one. Sadly yesterday the intersection of St Johns Bluff road and Beach Blvd was backed up due to a deadly accident. According the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office an SUV driven by a 39 year old woman ran a red light at high speeds her vehicle went over the concrete median on Beach Blvd. striking a Honda, a tanker truck and a Lexus. The driver of the SUV was hospitalized with serious injuries. The driver of the Honda Denny Grahovic was transported to the hospital where he died later in the day from injuries sustained in the accident. Denny Grahovic was only 18; his passenger a 16 year old female was also seriously injured. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating the cause of this accident speed is one factor that has been identified already.

Brunswick Georgia was the scene of a fatal accident when a young Jacksonville woman was thrown from the back of a pick-up truck. The accident occurred Saturday evening just before 7 p.m. in the 1400 block of Reynolds Street. The Glynn County Sheriff's Office needs your help in their investigation if you witnessed this fatal accident. Megan Twist was riding in the back of a truck driven by her boyfriend Richard Robert Wilftang when she fell from the back. Megan Twist was taken to a local hospital and later transferred to UF Health in Jacksonville where she died Monday night from injuries sustained in the accident. Megan Twist was only 23 years old her loved ones are hoping for the truth about what happened to Megan. A memorial wreath marks the spot where Megan Twist was thrown from the truck. The police have many questions including a search for two Good Samaritans that helped Megan Twist after she fell from the vehicle. If you have any information please call Sargent Jose Galdamez at 912-279-2650. 

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