Child Dies in a tragic accident, is it due to negligence. A typical Saturday afternoon trip to Bruster's Ice Cream Shop in Auburn, Alabama turned tragic for one family as their three year old child fell into a grease trap. Sadie Grace Andrews was playing outside the ice cream shop with her 5 siblings after she finished her ice cream. In a moments time her parents realized the toddler was missing. A quick glance around the area where Sadie and her siblings were playing their first thought was the missing toddler must have been abduct...ed. Police were called as Sadie's family continued to search the area. Her father noticed pipes sticking out of the ground and the lid on the grease trap was unsecured. As he lifted the lid he immediately noticed what looked like the Alabama Crimson Tide T-shirt Sadie was wearing that day. They pulled her out and started CPR until paramedics arrived. Sadie was transported to a hospital but efforts to revive her were unsuccessful. The grease trap was 6 feet underground located in a grassy area near picnic tables where children often eat ice cream and play. The grease pit that claimed the life of Sadie Grace Andrews was not locked or secured, located underground it was 6 feet deep and around 2 feet wide. Surveillance video from the ice cream shop showed Sadie stepped on the lid it flipped open, she slid in and the lid flipped upside down covering the grease pit, trapping Sadie and covering the grease she was drowning in from her parents view. Business owners are responsible for keeping premises free of hazards that could cause you harm. You have a right to expect you and your family will be safe from reasonable harm when you are on business property. Business owners should inspect their establishment throughout the day or have a trusted responsible employee inspect areas for danger. Obviously, the business owner never meant for this to happen but we only hope this tragic accident will be a reminder to every business owner to make sure they have safe guards in place and responsible employees that will double check hazards of this magnitude.
A fatal motorcyle accident has claimed the life of a motorcyclist Thursday morning. The accident occurred early this morning around 6 a.m. on Merrill Road and Wollery Drive. The motorcycle driver was travelling east on Merrill Road when a Honda Accord made a turn from Wollery Drive on Merrill Road. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The motorcyclist name has not been released. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate the family of the victim. Sadly another motorcyclist has died in Jacksonville. The last week of April Higinio Gonzalez died in Jacksonville when a car turned into his motorcycle. The circumstances are one of the most common scenes in motorcycle fatalities. May is Motorcycle Awareness month. "Look Twice Save a Life", "Share the Road" the campaigns are designed to bring attention to the fact that motorcycles are everywhere
Child Safety seats are required by law and essential for a child's safety while riding in a motor vehicle. A mother stopped for speeding in McIntosh County Georgia gave the Police Officer cause for concern as he viewed the condition of her baby son's car safety seat. He agreed to waive the speeding ticket and requested she purchase a new car seat for her baby. Sgt. Jeremiah Jerrell's request was met with tears from the mom as she explained she could not afford another safety seat. Sgt. Jerrell made a trip to Walmart and purchased a new car seat with his own money from the store. He presented the new car seat to the Mom the same day. The mom was grateful for Sgt. Jerrell's gift. Parents and grandparents if you travel with a child or an infant in a car safety seat we recommend you place an adhesive label on the seat with emergency contact information. If you are ever in an accident or a health issue arises and you are unable to communicate with First Responders while your little one is with you. This will give Emergency Workers the phone number of the trusted adult you designate, health emergency information about your child and your child's name. Fill out the Emergency Information on your cell phone and make sure you have a copy in your glove compartment in case your phone cannot be located. For Accident Do's and Don'ts and a form you can print on adhesive paper for your child's car seat click on the link. http://www.bbcjustice.com/Legal-Tips/Accident-Dos-Donts.shtml
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.
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.
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."
A Pedestrian Accident in Jacksonville has claimed the life of another one of our teens. Elizabeth Ross a 15 year old Sandalwood High School student was struck by a car as she crossed Alden Road close to Interstate 295 around 7 a.m. on Monday. CPR was administered by a caring mom on her way to take her own children to school Alicia Miller stopped to help. Alicia Miller is a patient care technician. Elizabeth was transported to the hospital where she died from injuries sustained in the accident. The driver that struck Elizabeth stopped and is cooperating with the police. The investigation continues. The community around Sandalwood has been concerned for the safety of students in that area the traffic is extremely heavy in the mornings while students are trying to walk to school. Family, friends and fellow students left notes, flowers and teddy bears expressing their admiration for "Lizzy".
St Augustine was the scene of a deadly pedestrian hit and run accident Monday night that claimed the life of Dalton Khun. A candlelight vigil was held last night to remember the 16 year old teen. Family and friends gathered to share stories about Dalton. Friends of Dalton held signs declaring, "Justice for Dalton." Sadly the driver did not call 911 and the youth did not receive any medical care .Dalton was found on the side of U.S. 312 near Plantation Island Parkway Tuesday morning. Police believe the vehicle was a 2003 to 2007 Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra truck (or a similar model) The truck is reported to be missing a black side mirror and may have damage to the right side of the truck. Anyone that has any information or sees a truck with damage that fits this description is asked to call the St Augustine police at 904-825-1070 or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-8477.
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.