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Jacksonville - Two Fatal Accidents

Jacksonville was the scene of two fatal crashes Thursday evening. Jacksonville's Westside was the scene of a fatal accident around 6:30 p.m. involving a tractor-trailer and another vehicle. The crash sent two people to the hospital another individual died at the scene. The accident on I-10 at Chaffee closed I-10 sending traffic on a detour for hours. The Florida Highway Patrol was concerned about a leak from the tractor-trailer. Jacksonville's downtown area was the scene of the second deadly accident around midnight at East Adams Street near Main. The accident sent both drivers to the hospital with life threatening injuries one of the drivers was pronounced dead at the hospital, the other is receiving treatment. Jacksonville Sherriff's Office is investigating the cause of this crash. 

School Bus Accident Injuries 4 Middle School Students

A serious accident involving a school bus has left four Pacetti Bay Middle School students injured one of the four injured was airlifted to UF Health with serious injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol the St Johns County school bus was on I-95 near International Golf Parkway when it veered off the road and hit a line of trees. Firefighters battled for almost an hour to free the most seriously injured student. Fortunately, the bus was not loaded with students when the accident occurred before 7 a.m. only 10 students had been picked up, no doubt this helped keep the injuries lower. The school board was reaching out to all of the parents involved and had contacted another bus to pick up the remaining 6 children who were not transported to an area hospital. The bus driver was not injured. The driver is cooperating with the police investigation no word yet on why the bus left the highway. 

Pedestrian Accident

Locke Gaddis was seriously injured last week in a pedestrian accident as he crossed highway 218 in Middleburg. Locke is reported to be in critical condition but stable. Locke is only 12 years old, he was on his way to Omega Park to play football with friends when he was struck and injured by a vehicle driven by Right now there are no crosswalks in the area. The Florida Department of Transportation is building a bike lane that will include the area where Locke was struck but the plan does not currently include crosswalks. Crosswalks need to be included in the plan in order to insure a greater measure of safety for families in the area that are trying to use Omega Park. 

Paris Experienced a Tragic Loss

While the French mourn the loss of innocent lives massacred in Paris last week, America shares their pain. Our thoughts are with the beautiful city of Paris, the people, the emergency workers, the medical workers, the families in mourning and the victims trying to recover. 

Middleburg Pedestrian Accident -Child in Critical Condition

Middleburg was the scene of a serious pedestrian accident yesterday involving a 12 year old boy. Locke Gaddis was leaving Omega Park at Iris Road,the young man was struck by a Ford Mustang driven by 55 year old Cindy Taylor of Jacksonville. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Taylor stopped to render aid to the boy and she is cooperating with police. The child was airlifted to UF and is reported to be in critical condition. The accident occurred just before 4:00 p.m. The child was airlifted to UF and is reported to be in critical condition. Parks and schools are populated with excited children running and playing. Flashing lights and speed limits are modified during the day to protect children, slow down even if the lights are not flashing. 

Pedestrian Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested in Jacksonville

A Pedestrian Hit-and-Run Accident that occurred in January has led Savannah police to an arrest due to a Crime Stoppers tip. Darcia Wilson, a 50 year old Jacksonville resident has been arrested in connection to the January Hit-and Run accident that claimed the life of Peter Meyer of Vero Beach, Fl. Meyer was found on the ground in front of his hotel. Investigators believe he was attempting to cross the street around 10:30 p.m. when he was struck and his body was thrown into shrubbery. Peter Myer's family issued a statement this week, "We are so grateful for the persistent and through investigative work by the Savannah police that has led to the arrest of the person who killed our beloved husband, father and grandfather. Our family continues to be devastated by this loss. While we remember him every moment and miss him everyday, our thoughts are of him especially today, on the eve of Veteran's Day. He was an American hero and he was our hero. We pray for closure and hope that some measure of justice will bring us peace." The family's heartfelt statement is a sobering reminder that every pedestrian fatality reaches deep bringing grief and devastation to their family and their friends. Share the Road! 

Pedestrian Accidents Continue to Escalate in Jacksonville

Tragically pedestrian accidents have cast a shadow of grief over our city in October as they seemed to escalate during the last few weeks. Jacksonville had the unfortunate distinction of making international news over a tragic pedestrian accident on October 18th. Trevius Williams was only 16 years old when he was hit and killed as he attempted to cross Lem Turner Road. The tragic accident made international news when the driver that hit Trevius posted a photo of his body on social media. This social media post caused this young man's family tremendous pain at a time when they were already suffering greatly. Tragically pedestrian accidents continued through the month. October 26th A 12 year old Orange Park boy suffered injuries when a SUV struck the boy as he crossed the street. The same evening on Moncreif Road in Jacksonville Earl Dickerson Jr. was killed as he attempted to cross the road. October 29th Kelly Black a 42 year old woman was struck and killed by a hit- and- run tractor-trailer driver as she walked her dog. According to police, Kelly Black was shoved 30 feet before the driver's heartless exit the police are still looking for the driver. Her dog was left at the scene unharmed but incredibly shaken by the tragic loss of his beloved owner. A Jacksonville man died in separate accident on the same day as he stood on a sidewalk at West 30th and Marlo streets. The accident occurred as a result of two cars colliding while one of the vehicles lost control the pedestrian was struck and killed. Halloween night a woman was killed as she was walking on I-10 in Baker County. She was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer. According to Police the tractor-trailer driver remained at the scene. Pedestrians often encounter serious injuries or even death when they are hit by a motor vehicle. All of the incidents above back up the statistics all too well with only one survivor among the many accidents in our area over a short time period. Our beautiful fall weather puts more people on our roadways walking and riding bikes and motorcycles. It is so sad when you consider how many families are forever changed by pedestrian accidents. Share the Road! 

Jacksonville Free Meals and Deals to Honor Veterans

Veterans-Day-.jpgFree Meals and Deals to honor our Veterans will once again be offered by restaurants and businesses around Jacksonville. We hope that our Veterans and their families enjoy a day of celebration and honor. Wednesday November 11th we pause to thank our Veterans, active duty military and their families for their service. We recognize that freedom isn't free and we will forever appreciate the sacrifices you have made for our country. Restaurants and businesses are offering free meals and special deals to active duty military and veterans. Free meals, Coffee, doughnuts and discounts for groceries and haircuts are being offered at a variety of restaurants and businesses including Applebee's, California Pizza Kitchen, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks and more... Please check with the restaurant or business for details and participating locations. Also, make sure you take some form of military ID or proof of service with you. Check with the local business for details on what type of ID you need to receive the offer. Links with more details are below; 

Jacksonville Pedestrian Deaths Continue to Escalate

Tragically pedestrian accidents have cast a shadow of grief over our city in October as they seemed to escalate during the last few weeks. Jacksonville had the unfortunate distinction of making international news over a tragic pedestrian accident on October 18th. Trevius Williams was only 16 years old when he was hit and killed as he attempted to cross Lem Turner Road. The tragic accident made international news when the driver that hit Trevius posted a photo of his body on social media. This social media post caused this young man's family tremendous pain at a time when they were already suffering greatly. Tragically pedestrian accidents continued through the month. October 26th A 12 year old Orange Park boy suffered injuries when a SUV struck the boy as he crossed the street. The same evening on Moncreif Road in Jacksonville Earl Dickerson Jr. was killed as he attempted to cross the road. October 29th Kelly Black a 42 year old woman was struck and killed by a hit- and- run tractor-trailer driver as she walked her dog. According to police, Kelly Black was shoved 30 feet before the driver's heartless exit the police are still looking for the driver. Her dog was left at the scene unharmed but incredibly shaken by the tragic loss of his beloved owner. A Jacksonville man died in separate accident on the same day as he stood on a sidewalk at West 30th and Marlo streets. The accident occurred as a result of two cars colliding while one of the vehicles lost control the pedestrian was struck and killed. Halloween night a woman was killed as she was walking on I-10 in Baker County. She was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer. According to Police the tractor-trailer driver remained at the scene. Pedestrians often encounter serious injuries or even death when they are hit by a motor vehicle. All of the incidents above back up the statistics all too well with only one survivor among the many accidents in our area over a short time period. Our beautiful fall weather puts more people on our roadways walking and riding bikes and motorcycles. It is so sad when you consider how many families are forever changed by pedestrian accidents. Share the Road! 

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