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.
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 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.
A fatal trucking accident ended in death for a young man trying to get home for Christmas. A 28 year-old motivational speaker from New Jersey was killed on his way home for Christmas when a tractor-trailer crashed into his car on I-95. The accident occurred around 12:30 a.m. Thursday on December 22. Hezekiah Griggs III was parked with his emergency flashers on in the safety zone on I-95 at Old St Augustine Road when a tractor-trailer hit the back of Hezekiah Griggs vehicle. According to the Florida Highway Patrol the tractor- trailer driver from Jacksonville was attempting to merge onto the Interstate when his truck struck the parked Mercedes driven by Hezekiah Griggs. Griggs planned to catch a flight from Orlando to return home in time for Christmas. Hezekiah Griggs died at the scene. A somber Christmas fell over the celebration planned for the family and friends of Hezekiah Griggs after this tragic accident.
A tragic accident that brought devastation to a family at Thanksgiving has given renewed hope for five families through an organ donor program. Megan Twist was only 23 years old when she fell from the back of a moving pick-up truck. Megan Twist was an organ donor, after her tragic death her lungs went to a 49 year-old man, her liver went to help a 64 year-old woman, her left kidney and pancreas were donated to a 39 year-old woman and her right kidney were donated to a 25 year-old woman. The family of Megan Twist has found strength in this tragic situation knowing her organs have saved the lives of others. They hope to one day meet the recipients of Megan's organs. The accident that claimed Megan's life occurred in Brunswick, Georgia while her boyfriend Richard Wiltfang was at the wheel of his pick-up truck. According to the Brunswick police department the accident is still under investigation.
Jacksonville's Beach Boulevard was the scene of a major accident yesterday that claimed the life of a teen. When a major road closes on a busy day our heart aches because we know the accident ahead was a serious one. Sadly yesterday the intersection of St Johns Bluff road and Beach Blvd was backed up due to a deadly accident. According the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office an SUV driven by a 39 year old woman ran a red light at high speeds her vehicle went over the concrete median on Beach Blvd. striking a Honda, a tanker truck and a Lexus. The driver of the SUV was hospitalized with serious injuries. The driver of the Honda Denny Grahovic was transported to the hospital where he died later in the day from injuries sustained in the accident. Denny Grahovic was only 18; his passenger a 16 year old female was also seriously injured. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating the cause of this accident speed is one factor that has been identified already.
Brunswick Georgia was the scene of a fatal accident when a young Jacksonville woman was thrown from the back of a pick-up truck. The accident occurred Saturday evening just before 7 p.m. in the 1400 block of Reynolds Street. The Glynn County Sheriff's Office needs your help in their investigation if you witnessed this fatal accident. Megan Twist was riding in the back of a truck driven by her boyfriend Richard Robert Wilftang when she fell from the back. Megan Twist was taken to a local hospital and later transferred to UF Health in Jacksonville where she died Monday night from injuries sustained in the accident. Megan Twist was only 23 years old her loved ones are hoping for the truth about what happened to Megan. A memorial wreath marks the spot where Megan Twist was thrown from the truck. The police have many questions including a search for two Good Samaritans that helped Megan Twist after she fell from the vehicle. If you have any information please call Sargent Jose Galdamez at 912-279-2650.
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.
A tragic motorcycle accident has claimed the life of Teal Marie Starr (her photo above). Teal Starr was riding on the back of a Yamaha motorcycle on I-295 near Baymeadows Road when she fell off and was hit by a Nissan Altima. The accident occurred on Saturday just after 11 p.m. The driver of the motorcycle was not injured. Teal Marie Starr was only 22 years old. She was transported to the hospital where she died from injuries sustained in the accident. Teal Starr and the driver of the motorcycle were wearing helmets. Her mother Susan Starr, has requested prayer.
An auto accident claimed the life of Kathryn Touchton yesterday in Middleburg. She was only 31 when the driver of a 1998 GMC Sierra plowed into the front of her Honda Accord Tuesday morning. Kathryn was driving west on CR218 near North Mimosa Avenue when the GMC truck driver a 45 year old Michael Michell heading westbound veered off the shoulder of the road and then crossed into oncoming traffic. Michael Michell a 45 year old from Macclenny is in critical condition. Kathryn Touchton died at the scene. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the accident they are trying to determine what caused the truck driver to crash into Kathryn Touchton. Friends and family share this deep loss of Kathryn "kind, beautiful, smart, funny and she had a heart of gold."