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.
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.
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.
Thanksgiving weekend a fatal accident on Jacksonville's Westside claimed the life of Callie Crump. Callie Crump was only 36 years old she was employed by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. According to Florida Highway Patrol, Callie Crump was stopped due to traffic when her Toyota Corolla was rear ended by a Ford Expedition on I-10 eastbound at U. S. Highway 301 in Baldwin. The crash involved multiple vehicles that left an infant and two children among the seriously injured victims. The children were passengers in the Ford Expedition. The driver of the Expedition Wanda Jones and a 22 year old passenger was also injured in that vehicle. The impact of the Ford Expedition pushed Callie Crump's vehicle into a Jeep Patriot the driver of the Jeep was seriously injured. Tragically seven were injured one fatality. Callie Crump was remembered as a kind, generous woman of faith. She will be greatly missed by friends, family, fellow Trinity Baptist Church members and her little dog Buddy.
St Johns County was the scene of an auto crash involving three cars and serious injuries on Interstate 95 just south of County Road 210. Five people including two children were injured in the crash all five were sent to area hospitals two had serious injuries, the injuries of the children ages 6 and 7 were reported to be only minor injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Anthony Hickox the driver of a Toyota Rav 4 failed to slow down when traffic started to build up causing a rear-end collision involving two other vehicles. The Rav 4 overturned and landed in the center lane of I-95. The driver of the Rav 4 suffered serious injuries. The driver of the second vehicle a Chrysler Sebring was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the third vehicle a Nissan Altima was reported to have only minor injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the accident and charges are pending.
Sixteen year old Ruben Kelsey died in a fatal crash on Jacksonville's Arlington Rd. while the younger teens in the SUV with him were hospitalized with serious injuries around 4 a.m. on Sunday. The Honda Pilot was reported stolen from a Mandarin home prior to the crash. The driver was apparently driving at a high rate of speed when they lost control trying to navigate a turn onto Rogero Rd. The vehicle crossed the median and struck a concrete wall and a large utility pole. The impact caused serious damage to the vehicle ejecting the three teens from the SUV. Rueben Kelsey was pronounced dead at the scene the other 2 occupants were only 14 years old. The 14 year olds were reported to be in critical but stable condition. Jacksonville Sherriff's Office had some difficulty identifying the 14 year olds since they were not old enough to have a driver's license. If your teens have a phone make sure they have entered emergency health data and contact information on their phone. The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles issues Florida ID cards with photos for anyone over 5 years of age. Proof of residency and identification is required more information is available at this link. The Florida ID is also a good ID for seniors that no longer drive. http://www.dmv.org/fl-florida/id-cards.php
Jacksonville- A deadly auto accident has claimed the life of a 21 year old Army National Guardsman on Jacksonville's Southside. The accident occurred Wednesday around 12:45 a.m. when the other driver ran a red light according to the initial investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. Tyler Mapel, was heading west on Beach Blvd. when he attempted to make a left hand turn onto Kernan Blvd a Ford Mustang that was heading East crashed into Mapel after running a red light. The driver of the Mustang is in critical condition the occupants of the Mustang were treated for minor injuries. . Mapel was transported to Memorial hospital where he died shortly after arriving. A young man who served our country has been taken from his family and loved ones all too soon.The investigation is still ongoing. We would not speculate why the other driver ran a red light but we have seen the devastating effects so many times of careless drivers. We hope that by sharing this story drivers will think twice before sliding through that yellow light, we hope drivers will think twice before texting while driving, think twice before drinking and driving. We hope that drivers will realize that speeding may get you there 5 min. sooner or you may never reach that destination and it is not worth the risk. We hope that parents of teen drivers will take the time to talk with their teens and stand firm when they know their teen is violating safe driving practices.