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August 2015 Archives

St Johns County Hit-and-Run Accident

A St Johns County hit-and-run has left a man seriously injured. The auto accident occurred Saturday around 6:30 p.m. Jean Sancheza, 32 of Palm Coast was driving east on International Golf Parkway approaching Commerce Drive when his car collided with a RX 330 Lexus SUV heading in the opposite direction. The man driving the Lexus SUV left the scene after witnesses checked on him and determined that he was not injured. Sanchez was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Leaving the scene of an accident with injuries is a felony.

Middleburg Teen Killed in Auto Accident in Jacksonville

A serious auto accident on the Westside of Jacksonville has claimed the life of a Middleburg teen and injured three others. Sunday morning. Jacob Leavitt, 17 was a passenger in a 2001 Ford Escape driven by his brother Caleb. Caleb Leavitt was heading West on Normandy Blvd. when his vehicle struck a 2007 Chevy pickup truck. According to the Florida Highway Patrol Jacob was not wearing his seatbelt. Ryan Kennedy, 18, the driver of the Chevy pickup truck and his passenger Preston Ferrell 19, were injured. Caleb Leavitt also suffered serious injuries. Grief counselors will be available to help his friends and classmates at Middleburg High School. 

Jacksonville Police Officer Injured in Auto Accident

A Jacksonville Police Officer was injured while assisting with an earlier accident on Interstate 295 at New Kings Rd. Sunday around noon the officer was waiting in his police car for rescue vehicles to arrive when another vehicle crashed into his cruiser. The officer was evaluated for a possible concussion and other unspecified injuries. Police and emergency workers have a dangerous job. The "Move Over Law" is meant to keep our police officers and emergency workers safe. Drivers are required by the law to move over if it is possible to do so safely or lower their speed to 20 miles below the speed limit. The accident is being investigated. It was raining at the time of the crash. 

Florida Back to School Tax Free Holiday

Florida Tax Free Holiday begins August 7th and continues to August 16th. The Sales Tax Free Holiday has been extended from a short 3 day weekend ! Tax free items include clothing, certain clothing accessories, shoes ($100 or less per item), school supplies ($15 or less per item), personal computers and related accessories (first $750 of purchase price) The elimination of sales tax was designed to help parents with back to school shopping while giving area retailers a boost. For details follow the link;
http://dor.myflorida.com/.../tip15a01-05_2015final06192015.pdf

Jacksonville Boaters

Attention Jacksonville boaters- The families of the missing teens Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen have released a list of items missing from their boat; Life jackets, a white YETI Tundra 35-quart cooler, a recently painted Yamaha silver-gray engine cover, a Plano tackle box, and a pair of Royal brand fishing/rain boots. The life vest may have been found off the coast of Georgia. They were discovered by Heli Aviation, a Florida-based aviation group. It has not been confirmed if the life jackets belong to the missing teens. The families issued a statement, "Our families praise the Coast Guard's dedicated efforts, both before and after the vessel was located. The priority of the Coast Guard was to rescue Perry and Austin, not the boat. We remain thankful for their quick reaction, and then redirection of the enormous search plan for the boys after the capsized boat was discovered. We have been assured and remain confident that all possible scenarios regarding this incident were entered into the Coast Guards search model. If anyone finds the items the family asks that you contact them at 352-222-3314 or E-mail at FindPerryAustin@gmail.com. Please share this with your boating friends. 

5 Year Old Recognized as a Hero after a Serious Accident

Be prepared just in case a serious accident happens. Lexi Shymanski was only 5 years old when her mother was knocked unconscious after a serious auto accident in British Columbia. Lexi's 10 week old brother was also in the car. Her mother passed out while driving. The car veered off the road down a 40 foot embankment. Lexi bravely unlatched her car seat and climbed barefoot up the embankment. The young child managed to flag down the first vehicle she saw which was actually a paramedic. Lexi's quick action no doubt made a difference saving her mother and her infant brother from further injuries. As soon as your children are old enough make sure they know how to call 911.If you are left unconscious make sure emergency workers know how to find your family and a trusted caregiver for your child. Emergency Information can be stored on your cell phone but if your cell phone is damaged or lost in an accident make sure you have Emergency Information in your glove compartment for every member of your family. If your child is in a car seat make sure their seat is labeled with Emergency Information. If you are left unconscious make sure emergency workers know how to find your family and a trusted caregiver for your child. Go to our web site for a downloadable form you can print on adhesive paper for your child's car seat. http://www.bbcjustice.com/Legal-Tips/Accident-Dos-Donts.shtml 

Orange Park Hit and Run Accident

A busy Orange Park intersection was the scene of a serious hit and run pedestrian accident. Leaving the victim in the crosswalk at Wells Road and Blanding Blvd. with internal injuries and broken bones the driver fled the scene. The 18 year old victim, Matthew Maloney, went for a run and never returned home. His mother Kellie reported him missing but authorities had no way of identifying the young man since he was carrying no identification and his cell phone was badly damaged in the crash. Tuesday morning the police matched Matthew to his mother's description and notified her. A Good Samaritan, Steven Smith stopped to help and stayed with the teen until his mother arrived. Kellie Maloney referred to Smith as her son's "Guardian Angel." Smith's response, "I am happy, God sent me to be there for that family." 

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Boys

The coast of Jacksonville, Florida was the focus of a U.S. Coast Guard search for 2 missing 14 year old boys. Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos were last seen when they purchased fuel for their boat on Friday around Jupiter. Their boat was found capsized and damaged last Sunday with no sign of the boys nearby. Reports have surfaced that they were planning to go to the Bahamas to fish. A prayer vigil was held at Jupiter Christian School for the missing boys. Joe Namath a NFL Hall of Fame sports hero is offering his support for the family as a friend and neighbor. Namath said, during a news conference that both boys are experienced boaters. The families of the boys are offering a $100,000 reward. Our thoughts are with the families. The Coast Guard has searched extensively for the boys with no further evidence of the boys possible location they plan to suspend the search. The families plan to continue the search with private funds. If you have any information call 911 or the U.S. Coast Guard at 561-262-9292 

Palatka Pedestrian Accident Kills 14 Year Old

A pedestrian accident in Palatka claimed the life of a 14 year old boy. Robert Austin Wise was walking with his 12 year old sister, Alexis Wise, on Stokes Landing road when 50 year old Alan Ward crossed the center line striking the 14 year old boy. The driver did not stop and made no attempt to help the young man. His sister who was not injured in the accident ran to call for help. Ward's wife drove him to the police department 5 hours later where he turned himself in to authorities. Alexis is truly the hero in this tragedy she handled a difficult situation with courage. Our thoughts are with the family of this young man. 

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