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Infant Dies in Daycare Hot Car Incident

The tragic death of an infant could have been prevented at a Daycare Center in Jacksonville. The four- month-old infant died after being left in the daycare van for around 5 hours in the scorching heat on Wednesday. The van driver Daryl Ewing has been arrested for child neglect. Ewing's Love and Hope Preschool on Lenox Avenue owned by Daryl and his wife had fourteen children in their care. So many serious issues in this Daycare put all of the children in this center at risk. Negligence on the part of the daycare owner and the Florida Department of Children and Family Services contributed to this child's death. Both Daryl and his wife have arrest records which indicate the children were not in the hands of responsible caring adults. If the daycare regulations for transporting children had been followed this infant would not have been forgotten. Florida Daycare regulations require a transportation log. ALL of the children's names must be recorded in the log along with the date and time they entered the van. They also require that the driver and another daycare staff member check the transportation log and check the vehicle after it arrives walking from front to back making sure that children are not left behind. Yesterday this infant was left alone in buckled in her car seat in the third row. Investigators found the baby girls name was not on the drivers log only her siblings who made it into the daycare were listed. Both Daryl and his wife have arrest records which indicate the children were not in the hands of responsible caring adults. The daycare facility still held a valid daycare license. But the facility had not been approved to transport children. The state has suspended the daycare license sadly, too late for this little one. Every year we see serious injuries from daycare facilities that are not properly supervising the children they are paid to watch. Untrained staff, too many children for the number of care givers, unsafe playgrounds and children forgotten in daycare vans are just a few of the many issues that place your child at risk for serious injuries or even death. We have additional information on daycare regulations and tips on how to choose a childcare facility. Daycares are licensed and inspected by the state but as we can see from this tragic story a license does not guarantee the facility is safe. Don't be afraid to ask questions, interview the director and all of the staff working with your child. Make sure that every worker has been through a background check. Look carefully at the playground. Visit unannounced. If a facility will not let you visit unannounced this should be a red flag. Do the math, are they observing the proper staff to child ratio determined by age. Don't accept excuses. Download the Childcare Facility Handbook published by the Florida Department of Children and Families. Learn More https://www.myflfamilies.com/publicnotices/20180727a/Facility%20Handbook_rule%20development%202018.pdf

Speeding Auto Crash Kills Teen Girl and Seriously Injures Teen Boy

Brunswick, Georgia- A bad decision by a seventeen-year- old teen driver ended with one fatality, one seriously injured and now the seventeen-year-old is behind bars. This speeding Auto Crash has ended with tragic results. The young lady who died when his auto crashed was only fourteen. Glynn County Police clocked the teen on radar in his Ford Mustang traveling at 104 mph apparently, racing with a Dodge Charger on U.S. Highway 82. The Charger stopped when the police pursued the vehicles the Mustang attempted to elude police and continued making a sharp turn into a subdivision on Ratcliff Road. The patrol car was stopped waiting for back-up when the teen driver of the Mustang approached him on foot, scared he told the officer he had crashed his car on Ratcliffe Road and Williamson Avenue. The 14-year-old young lady Kylie Burgess died at the scene. Seventeen-year-old Armen Jordon had to be cut from the vehicle. He was transported to UF Health in Jacksonville, Florida. Armen Jordon from Ware County was a passenger in the vehicle. The crash occurred at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday. The seventeen-year-old driver was taken to the hospital in Brunswick for evaluation. He has been arrested and charged with first degree vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, felony fleeing and eluding police, speeding and racing. This tragedy has affected so many families and friends the fourteen-year-old who will never experience the high school prom, college, marriage or children of her own. The greatest tragedy in all of this is the loss of this young fourteen- year-old. The teen who was injured will face a long road to recover physically and emotionally. The seventeen-year-old driver faces an uncertain future and will forever live with knowing his bad decision cost a young teen her life. The families will also suffer through this tragedy. Share this story and the facts below with your teens. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration speeding was a factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities in 2017. Tragically the bad decision to speed killed 9,717 in one year. In 2017 31% of male drivers ages 15-20 involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crashes. During the same time frame 18% of the female drivers involved in fatal crashes were speeding. The number of speed related fatalities has decreased from 31% in 2008 to 26% in 2017. We must all work together to decrease the number of fatalities on our roads. Download the attached brochure. Read over the facts. Share it with your teens, the young adults in your life and anyone you know involved in risky driving. Learn More https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812687

Fatal Pedestrain Crash- Medical Condition May be the Cause

Downtown Jacksonville was the scene of a deadly crash involving a pedestrian. The driver that struck the pedestrian was unconscious at the time, possibly a health-related issue. A 55-year-old woman was struck when a vehicle drove through the intersection of Union and Laura Street and left the roadway. The crash occurred around 7:00 a.m. Monday morning. Witnesses reported the man was unconscious. The driver regained consciousness and was cooperating with the police. The woman was transported to UF Health with serious injuries. She died from injuries sustained in the crash. This tragic scene is a reminder that unchecked health issues may be deadly behind the wheel. Are you concerned about a family member or a friend who may be unsafe to drive because of a medical condition? The Florida Department Highway Safety and Motor vehicles estimate that 10% of traffic accidents are caused by medical conditions. Cardiovascular disease, epilepsy, diabetes, dementia and mental illness are just a few of the conditions which may increase the risk of a driver being involved in a serious traffic collision. Are you concerned about a family member or a friend who may be unsafe to drive because of a medical condition?

Fatal Pedestrian Crash- Medical Condition May be the Cause

Downtown Jacksonville was the scene of a deadly crash involving a pedestrian. The driver that struck the pedestrian was unconscious at the time, possibly a health-related issue. A 55-year-old woman was struck when a vehicle drove through the intersection of Union and Laura Street and left the roadway. The crash occurred around 7:00 a.m. Monday morning. Witnesses reported the man was unconscious. The driver regained consciousness shortly after the crash and was cooperating with the police. The pedestrain was transported to UF Health with serious injuries. She died from injuries sustained in the crash. The driver did not appear to be injured. This tragic scene is a reminder that unchecked health issues may be deadly behind the wheel. Are you concerned about a family member or a friend who may be unsafe to drive because of a medical condition? The Florida Department Highway Safety and Motor vehicles estimate that 10% of traffic accidents are caused by medical conditions. Cardiovascular disease, epilepsy, diabetes, dementia and mental illness are just a few of the conditions which may increase the risk of a driver being involved in a serious traffic collision. Are you concerned about a family member or a friend who may be unsafe to drive because of a medical condition?

Increased Speed Increases Your Risk of a Fatal Accident

Increased speed increases your risk of a fatal accident. Speed is a leading factor in 26% of all fatal accidents. Jacksonville was the scene of a fatal accident this week. Speed was believed to be a factor in that crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collects data on car accidents throughout the nation in an effort to prevent as many accidents as possible. Speed, alcohol and seatbelts are clearly three major factors in fatal auto crashes. All three factors are preventable. Young adults and teens account for a larger percentage of involvement in fatal car crashes. Parents begin early teaching your children about safe driving. First and foremost, set an example by driving safely in front of them. Second use age appropriate examples of the dangers of distracted driving, alcohol impaired driving and speeding. Third teach your child that seatbelts are never optional. A staggering 50% of fatal car crashes with a speeding driver shows seatbelts were not even being used. The number of fatalities among drivers under the age of 25 is substantially higher than among older drivers. Alcohol impaired drivers account for 32% of speeding drivers. Lets all work together to prevent car crashes. If you or your loved one has been the victim of an auto accident call us for a free case evaluation. If you or your loved one has been the victim of a serious car crash you should seek legal advice. We offer a free no obligation case evaluation. 

"Get Up To Speed" Help Reduce Motorcycle Accidents

"Get Up to Speed" on reducing the number of motorcycle accidents. Learn more on how to drive safely around motorcycles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists accounted for nearly 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2015, while motorcycles make up just 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States. Even the smallest momentary lapse in a motorist attention can result in the serious injury or even death of an unseen motorcyclist. That means sending a short text, opening a soft drink or glancing back to check on a child could result in a serious life changing accident. Consider the following points to reduce your risk of injuring a motorcyclist; 1. Your car has blind spots. Properly adjust your mirrors. 2. Compensate for your cars blind spots by looking twice. 3. Motorcyclist stop quickly. Keep a good distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle. 4. Because of a motorcycles size it is more difficult to see them and more difficult to judge their distance. 5. Weaving in the lane by a motorcyclist is sometimes a tactic used by motorcyclist to gain your attention and to make sure drivers notice the motorcycle next to them. 6. Don't Drive Distracted. Over half of all motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. When the motorist is at fault the reason that the police often hear, "I just did not see the motorcycle." 7. Speed is often present in fatal accidents. Speed is often the reason the driver just didn't see the motorcyclist in front of them. Together we can reduce motorcycle fatalities. Share this with the young drivers in your life. Just this past weekend in our area serious motorcycle accidents occurred. Both Jacksonville and St Augustine roadways experienced collisions involving motorcycles and automobiles. Together we can reduce motorcycle fatalities. Share this with the young drivers in your life.

Jacksonville Hit-and-Run Accident

A serious Hit-and-Run Accident sent a 13 year-old- to the hospital. The young girl's mother witnessed the accident. She watched in terror as a vehicle crashed into her daughter leaving her unconscious. The mother's account of the accident was published on Facebook and several media sites we are sharing with her permission hoping the irresponsible driver will be found. Donna Griffin's account of her daughter's accident below, "I NEED PRAYERS AND ANY INFORMATION TO HELP FIND THE PIECE OF S_ _ _ _ THAT HIT MY DAUGHTER BRIANNA RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME AND LEFT HER LAYING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD!!!!
DETAILS: .... it happened at 12526 Agatite RD in mandarin at my moms.. we had went for dinner and me and todd were unloading the truck to leave Brianna Neal was standing on the side of the rd on her skateboard when a 4 door newer silver/gray smaller SUV coming FROM JULINGTON CREEK HEADED TOWARDS OLD ST. Augustine... there has to be damage to the front right of the vehicle!! Whoever hit her KNOWS because they hit the brakes more than once especially since I was screaming and waving my hands in the road... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME Or the authorities know because THIS is one of the MANY images of seeing my child hit by a car and laying lifeless in the dirt that will haunt me for the rest of my life!!!! Feel free to share!!" Jacksonville has seen to many Hit-and-Run accidents please help if you have any information call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Or the Crime Tip Hot Line at 866-845-8477.

Jacksonville City Garbage Truck Accident- Serious Injuries

A Jacksonville city garbage truck burst into flames Monday afternoon after crashing on the Westside of town. The driver of the truck and his passenger were seriously injured in the accident. The accident occurred on Normandy Blvd around 2:00 P.M. Monday. According to the Florida Highway Patrol the city garbage truck was behind another vehicle that slowed down and attempted to turn left onto Manning Cemetery Road. The garbage truck driver did not slow down quickly enough and began swerving to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of him. The garbage truck driver lost control. The garbage truck flipped over and burst into flames. Both the driver and the passenger managed to escape the garbage truck but they were both seriously injured in the accident. The accident is being investigated, charges are pending. If you have been Injured in a Trucking Accident call the experienced attorneys at Barnes & Cohen

Motorcylist Critically Injured in a Hit-and-Run Accident

A hit-and run driver left a critically injured motorcyclist Saturday morning on Old Middleburg Road. The accident occurred on the Westside of Jacksonville. The motorcyclist was heading North on Old Middleburg Road when the driver of an SUV attempted to make a turn from Memorial Park Road onto Old Middleburg. The SUV struck the motorcycle critically injuring the rider. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office the driver of the SUV left the scene but now the driver has been located. The accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. The motorcyclist suffered a serious head injury. This was unfortunately not the only serious motorcycle accident in our area this weekend. According to the Governors Highway Traffic Association Florida ranked #1 in the number of motorcyclist fatalities. Please "Don't drive Distracted" "Look Twice Save A Life."

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