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.
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.
Jacksonville's Northside was the scene of a serious motorcycle accident tragically a Good Samaritan rendering aide to the motorcyclist was struck by a car as he attempted to return to his vehicle. The motorcyclist was seriously injured in the initial crash on New Kings Road when he slowed down to turn into a gas station he was struck from behind by a work truck. The truck driver was cited for careless driving. A 71 year old man parked his vehicle in the median and crossed the street to help the injured motorcyclist. He stayed on the scene until Jacksonville Rescue arrived as he crossed the street to return to his vehicle he was struck by a Toyota Camry. The pedestrian who stopped to help suffered life threatening injures. He was transported to UF Health. The motorcyclist was also transported to UF Health with life-threatening injuries. Helping others is the right thing to do so sad to see someone injured while trying to render aide. Florida State law requires drivers to reduce speed to 20 mph less than the posted speed limit and, if safe to do so, vacate the lane closest to stationary emergency vehicles, including towing and recovery vehicles, when traveling in the same direction. If such movement cannot be safely accomplished, the driver shall reduce speed.
Muhammed Ali, the three-time World Heavyweight Champion Boxer passed away surrounded by his family at the age of 74. Loved and admired around the world condolences went out to his family and friends from those he loved and even those he defeated in the ring. George Foreman tweeted "It's been said it was Rope a Dope, Ali beat me with no his beauty that beat me. Most beauty I've known loved him." Michael J Fox commented on his Foundation website, "Muhammed was a true legend-a champion in the boxing ring, and a champion for millions of Parkinson's families. We looked up to him as an example of grace and courage in the face of great challenges." Muhammed suffered courageously with Parkinson's disease. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar posted on his Facebook "I have met hundreds of renowned celebrities, artists, athletes, and world leaders. But only a handful embodied the self-sacrificing and heroic qualities that defined my friend and mentor, Muhammad Ali." Muhammed Ali proclaimed I am, "The Greatest" in the eyes of fans, friends and family Muhammed lived up to that claim.
Defective airbags have been linked to seriuos injuries and even death. Toyota has issued two additional recalls affecting some Toyota and Lexus vehicles due to an increase risk of serious injuries. Toyota is recalling certain model year 2003-2006 Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX470, 2005-2006 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia, 2004-2006 Toyota 4Runner and Lexus GX470 vehicles equipped with side curtain-shield-air bags. The affected vehicles have an air bag control module that may be improperly programmed, causing the side curtain-shield-air bags to deploy inadvertently. If the side curtain-shield-air bags deploy unexpectedly, it can increase the risk of occupant injury. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag control module with one that has improved programming, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 2, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-271-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is G0C and GLB. The second recall is also an airbag issue affecting 2016 Lexus RX350 and RX450h vehicles manufactured November 16, 2015, to December 23, 2015. Due to an improper weld, the gas needed to inflate the driver's knee air bag may escape from the inflator. A defective inflator may increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the knee air bag assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 27, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is GLA. Please take recalls seriously. Take a look at our recent blogs to see an additional list of defective airbag recalls and defective brakes affecting a wide range of car manufacturers including Chevrolets, Fords, Honda, Infiniti, Dodge, Acura, Subaru and Chrysler. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.