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.
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.
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.