Three fatal accidents occurred this weekend all three unrelated separate accidents in Jacksonville have left heartbreak for the families and many unanswered questions for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. The first of this tragic string of accidents a hit-and-run occurred Saturday morning on Atlantic Blvd. at Acme Street when Fransico Antunez attempted to cross Atlantic Blvd he was struck by a vehicle. According to a witness, a vehicle in the right hand lane struck Antunez slowed down and then fled the scene. Police are asking any potential witnesses to please come forward. The second fatal pedestrian accident in this tragic story occurred Saturday night. Jose Irizarry was struck by a vehicle on Beach Blvd. near DeSalvo Road. The victim had already died from injuries sustained in the accident when police arrived at the scene. The driver in this accident stopped to help and is cooperating with the police investigation. The final Jacksonville pedestrian fatality this weekend occurred Sunday morning around 8:44 a.m. on Matthews Bridge. Ricky Dailey was walking east on the Matthews Bridge when a vehicle struck the 29 year old man from behind propelling his body over the railing of the bridge to the embankment below. The victim was found on Victoria Street where he had fallen. Dailey sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. The driver fled the scene after striking Dailey. Police believe they may have found a possible vehicle but the accident is still under investigation. They are requesting that anyone with any information about an accident on the ramp or bridge Sunday morning to please call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500. If you have information about either of the hit-and-run accidents in this article please contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office they need your help to locate the drivers involved.
A vicious dog attack was fatal for a Jacksonville man Friday afternoon on the Eastside of town. A 60 year old man was found dead on the property of Franklin Street apartments. Police investigators believe a hole in a chain link fence allowed four dogs to escape from a home on Jessie Street into the area where the victim was found. "Dog on the Premises" signs are posted on the property but that does not release the owner of his responsibility to keep his dogs on his property. Florida has strict liability laws regarding dog bites. The owner of the dogs was located he reported his large dogs as mixed breeds. Neighbors report the dogs as aggressive lunging at the fence as they pass by. All four dogs were taken to Animal Care and Protection Services to be evaluated. Tragically the four dogs involved in this attack were kept at a home close to an apartment complex where families live. We are saddened by the loss of this man's life in a situation that was extremely dangerous for the community and could have been prevented. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigation into this tragedy is ongoing.
A motorcycle accident in Jacksonville's San Jose area Wednesday evening has left the motorcyclist with life threatening injuries. The motorcycle accident involved a pick-up truck at the intersection of St Augustine Road and Old Kings Road South. The driver of the truck was not injured. Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating the accident.
Alarming statistics of bicyclist seriously injured or even killed continue to escalate this year. August 3rd a bicyclist sustained serious injuries when they were struck by a vehicle on Beach Blvd. at 6th Street. During the same week on August 1st David Talley a 58 year old father and grandfather was struck from behind by a Ford truck while riding his bike on Jacksonville's Westside of town. David Talley died at the scene. July 21st a car collided with a bicycle in Crescent Beach sending the bicyclist to the hospital with serious injuries. The very next day a woman was left in critical condition after she was hit by a vehicle while riding her bike in the Arlington area of Jacksonville. July 12th a bicyclist was taken to UF health after being struck by a vehicle on Marsh Landing. Less than a week after this incident a serious bicycle accident on July 6th claimed the life of Christian Meier a 17 year old decorated member of the Navy Junior ROTC program at Nease High School on Palm Valley Road. How can we change this alarming trend? Drivers need to be aware that 6 p.m.-9p.m. is the time period with the greatest percentage of fatal bike crashes. Don't drive distracted or impaired and always remember to "Look Twice" and "Share the Road." Cyclist and drivers make mistakes that contribute to crashes, but when a crash happens involving a cyclist and a vehicle it is often the cyclist who is seriously injured or killed. The NHTSA has a wealth of information for cyclist. Parents and teachers you can download age appropriate activities provided by the National Highway Traffic Administration to help teach your children more about bicycle safety.
Parents & Teachers http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+.../.../Bicycle+Safety+Activity+Kit
Summertime is winding down while serious amusement park injuries and even deaths seem to be on the rise as we enjoy the last of summer. As we take a look at some of the most serious accidents mechanical failure is the suspected culprit in three of the accidents. Thursday a ten year-old was killed on a 168 foot water slide in Kansas. Guest at the park indicated that some of the restraints on the slide were not working. A three-year-old boy fell out of a roller coaster yesterday in Pennsylvania. The child was riding with an older brother when he fell out of the roller coaster built in 1938. The restraints used in the roller coaster were bars not individual seat belts. The height requirement is at least 36" or the child must be accompanied by an adult. Three children were injured in a Ferris wheel accident in Tennessee last week when the basket they were riding in dumped them out due to a mechanical failure. The youngest a six year old is listed in critical condition while the other two girls are listed in stable condition. Florida residents will never forget the chilling story of a toddler being pulled into a Disney World lake in Orlando this summer by an alligator. The child was killed. Considering the number of us enjoying Amusement Parks, Water Parks and County Fairs every year it is unlikely that we can stop all of the accidents that occur but we are all hopeful that the level of serious accidents that have plagued the industry this summer will create a safer environment for all of us especially our children. We have listed a few tips and words of caution below
A tragic bicycle accident on Jacksonville's Westside has claimed the life of a 58 year old man this morning. Bicycle and pedestrain accidents continue to escalate in the Jacksonville area. The victim David Talley was a 58 year-old father and grandfather. Talley was riding his bicycle on Jones Road near Commonwealth and Derby Acres Lane when he struck by a Ford F-150 from behind. This was apparently a daily routine for the victim riding his bicycle. The Jacksonville Sherriff's Office is investigating speed of the truck which struck the bicyclist and the location of the bicycle when he was struck.