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July 4th Celebrations Jacksonville, South Georgia and St Augustine

July 4th celebrations abound in Jacksonville and the surrounding area. Fireworks, Backyard Barbecue, Arts and Craft Festivals, Kids Activities with Face Painting and Bounce Houses. As we celebrate America's Independence we honor our courageous men and women in our military dedicated to preserving our freedom. It is to these men and women in uniform that we salute. We will not forget your sacrifice. Happy July 4th! July 4th activities, festivals, Fireworks and more for more information on activities in our area click on the links below.

Prevent Hot Car Deaths

Children die in hot cars every year. Tragically some of the parents that made this mistake believed it would never happen to them and yet they became overwhelmed, distracted and forgot their child. How do you forget your child? The parent that doesn't usually drop their child off, the summer routine is changed, the baby falls asleep... whatever the situation we would like to share a few steps to keep your precious cargo safe. Day cares are required to follow procedures to prevent leaving a child behind. When those procedures are not followed children have been placed in danger, left alone sleeping in the back of the van. It is especially important that you insist that if your child's care giver or grandparents transport your child they set up a procedure to help them remember they have a little one to safe guard. Your car can be deadly after 10 min. even with the windows cracked. Also, please don't forget our heat will also kill your precious pets. Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle. Please share this post with parents, grandparents and caregivers.

Jacksonville Pedestrian Seriously Injured - Driver Attempts to Run

A Jacksonville pedestrian is in critical condition after being struck by a car on Thursday afternoon. The accident occurred on 103rd street at the I-295 exit. A black vehicle was exiting off I-295 when they struck another vehicle that was stopped at a traffic light. The black vehicle did not stop but continued on hitting a pedestrian on the sidewalk. The Florida Highway Patrol was in the area checking for seat belt violations when the accident occurred. They were forced to Taser the driver who was attempting to flee the scene. The pedestrian has life threatening injuries. The driver of the black vehicle was taken to the hospital. The driver of the black vehicle will most likely be facing multiple charges. Another attempted hit-and-run in our area but The Florida Highway Patrol was in the right place at the right time to apprehend this careless driver.

Auto Accident Claims the Life of a Teen

Jirawadi Marie Battenhouse was only 19 years old when she accidentin the Flagler Beach area over the weekend. Jirawadi Battenhouse was heading south on Interstate 95 when she entered the emergency lane. Battenhouse was driving a 1998 Lexus ES 300; her vehicle struck the guardrail and then reentered the southbound lane of I-95 coming to a stop in the center lane just south of Palm Coast Parkway. The driver of a 2015 Acura failed to stop in time and rear ended Battenhouse . The impact sent Jirawadi Battenhouse and her vehicle spinning, she struck the guardrail before stopping. The driver of the Acura, Stephanie Finnell received minor injuries. Jirawadi Battenhouse died from extensive brain damage and a ruptured lung, injuries she sustained in the auto accident. The Florida Highway Patrol are investigating the accident, charges are pending. Jirawadi was a native of Flagler Beach, Florida, a photographer, musician and curator of Art. Please don't drive distracted be aware of vehicles in the emergency lane. 

Jacksonville Memorial Day Celebrations in our military town remind us to pause and reflect.  Memorial Day is a day set aside to commemorate the brave hearts who laid down their lives for our nation. To honor their legacy, take time to pause and reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day. We have links to Memorial Day activities a time to reflect and to honor our fallen soldiers, enjoy a little music, have fun in a Kids Zone and end the day with Fireworks. 

Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident -Semi- Truck Leaves the Scene

On Wednesday May 10th approximately 230 PM, Dillon Rybarczyk was in a motorcycle accident entering 295 North from Hwy 17 in Orange Park / Jacksonville FL. He was struck from behind by what the witnesses described as a red semi- tractor trailer with a white trailer, and was pushed into the SUV in front of him. He was then ejected into the lanes to the left. Witnesses said the semi then drove around him while lying in the lane and left the scene. FHP has collected information from the witnesses pertaining to the trucking company's name, and is currently conducting an investigation. If anyone has any information pertaining to this accident please message me or contact the Florida Highway Patrol. Dillon has suffered injuries from the accident and is recovering. Please feel free to share or repost, the more people that see this the better chance we have of finding the driver. Thank you to all who stopped to help my son, we are eternally grateful. Finally, a side note to the driver of the truck who valued his or her driver's license more than my son's life. You WILL be found. Jim Rybarczk, the father of Dillion Rybarczyk has requested help in finding the tractor-trailer driver that left the scene. Please share this post and if you have any information contact the Florida Highway Patrol.

Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident -Semi- Truck Leaves the Scene

On Wednesday May 10th approximately 230 PM, Dillon Rybarczyk was in a motorcycle accident entering 295 North from Hwy 17 in Orange Park / Jacksonville FL. He was struck from behind by what the witnesses described as a red semi- tractor trailer with a white trailer, and was pushed into the SUV in front of him. He was then ejected into the lanes to the left. Witnesses said the semi then drove around him while lying in the lane and left the scene. FHP has collected information from the witnesses pertaining to the trucking company's name, and is currently conducting an investigation. If anyone has any information pertaining to this accident please message me or contact the Florida Highway Patrol. Dillon has suffered injuries from the accident and is recovering. Please feel free to share or repost, the more people that see this the better chance we have of finding the driver. Thank you to all who stopped to help my son, we are eternally grateful. Finally, a side note to the driver of the truck who valued his or her driver's license more than my son's life. You WILL be found. Jim Rybarczk, the father of Dillion Rybarczyk has requested help in finding the tractor-trailer driver that left the scene. Please share this post and if you have any information contact the Florida Highway Patrol.

Another Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Jacksonville

A fatal motorcyle accident has claimed the life of a motorcyclist Thursday morning. The accident occurred early this morning around 6 a.m. on Merrill Road and Wollery Drive. The motorcycle driver was travelling east on Merrill Road when a Honda Accord made a turn from Wollery Drive on Merrill Road. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The motorcyclist name has not been released. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate the family of the victim. Sadly another motorcyclist has died in Jacksonville. The last week of April Higinio Gonzalez died in Jacksonville when a car turned into his motorcycle. The circumstances are one of the most common scenes in motorcycle fatalities. May is Motorcycle Awareness month. "Look Twice Save a Life", "Share the Road" the campaigns are designed to bring attention to the fact that motorcycles are everywhere

Jacksonville-Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Jacksonville was the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident the last week of April when 71 year old Higinio Gonzalez was thrown from his motorcycle when a car crash into his motorcycle. Higinio Gonzalez was traveling eastbound on Beach Blvd. at Forest Blvd. wearing his helmet in the middle of the day when a driver heading westbound made a left hand turn crashing into Higinio Gonzalez. The victim was transported to the hospital. He was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital. May is Motorcycle Awareness month as we look at the data sadly motorcycle fatalities have continued to increase. Share the Road with motorcycles, pedestrians and bicyclist. Remember "Look Twice Save a Life." Higinio Gonzalez had served in the military, he loved to ride motorcycles.

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month- This year once again we are reminded "Look Twice Save a Life." According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles Duval County reported 27 motorcycle fatalities in 2016, St Johns County reported 2 and Clay County reported 7. Motorcycle fatalities have continued to increase every year for the last 20 years. The state of Florida reported 462 motorcycle fatalities in 2013 that number has risen to 501 in 2016. Imagine a motorcyclist is driving through an intersection when a driver making a left hand turn quickly glances no cars are blocking the lane so they continue their left hand turn colliding with the motorcyclist attempting to ride straight cross the intersection. This scenario is one of the most common situations in serious motorcycle accidents. The driver of the vehicle may be a distracted they are looking for a larger vehicle another car or SUV they fail to notice the motorcycle. Decreasing the number of motorcycle accidents will require that drivers become more conscious of their presence on our roadways. The Florida Chapter of Abate recommends that all motorcycle riders take a rider education course. Florida law requires a motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license to operate a motorcycle. In order to obtain the endorsement completion of a 15 hour basic motorcycle course is required. Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles has a list of approved courses and locations on their web site. 
https://www.flhsmv.gov/.../motorcycl.../safety-course-locations/

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