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Fatal Motorcycle Accident

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. 

Happy Veterans Day!

November 11th Happy Veteran's Day to all our active duty military and our veterans, we recognize that freedom isn't free and we will forever appreciate the sacrifices you have made for our country. Restaurants and businesses are offering free meals and special deals to active duty military and veterans. We are grateful to all of the local restaurants and businesses that are participating. A special thanks to the businesses that have continued this tradition year after year.

Jacksonville Have a Safe & Happy Halloween

Halloween treats and Fall Festivals bring out the child in us as we celebrate sharing sweet treats with super heroes and princess fairies. Jacksonville Area churches, the zoo and businesses are hosting various events for children. If you are looking for an organized celebration several churches and area malls are hosting free events for all ages. Celebrate with the animals at Catty Shack Ranch or the Jacksonville Zoo. For more information about family and child friendly events around Jacksonville links are listed below check the dates and details some of the events are hosted prior to Halloween and some events have multiple dates. Have a Happy and safe Halloween.

Pedestrian Accident Claims the Life of a Teen

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".

Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident Claims the Life of a Good Samaritan

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. 

Three Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Jacksonville

Three fatal accidents occurred this weekend all three unrelated separate accidents in Jacksonville have left heartbreak for the families and many unanswered questions for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. The first of this tragic string of accidents a hit-and-run occurred Saturday morning on Atlantic Blvd. at Acme Street when Fransico Antunez attempted to cross Atlantic Blvd he was struck by a vehicle. According to a witness, a vehicle in the right hand lane struck Antunez slowed down and then fled the scene.  Police are asking any potential witnesses to please come forward. The second fatal pedestrian accident in this tragic story occurred Saturday night. Jose Irizarry was struck by a vehicle on Beach Blvd. near DeSalvo Road. The victim had already died from injuries sustained in the accident when police arrived at the scene. The driver in this accident stopped to help and is cooperating with the police investigation.  The final Jacksonville pedestrian fatality this weekend occurred Sunday morning around 8:44 a.m. on Matthews Bridge. Ricky Dailey was walking east on the Matthews Bridge when a vehicle struck the 29 year old man from behind propelling his body over the railing of the bridge to the embankment below. The victim was found on Victoria Street where he had fallen. Dailey sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. The driver fled the scene after striking Dailey.  Police believe they may have found a possible vehicle but the accident is still under investigation. They are requesting that anyone with any information about an accident on the ramp or bridge Sunday morning to please call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500. If you have information about either of the hit-and-run accidents in this article please contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office they need your help to locate the drivers involved.   

Fatal Dog Attack Jacksonville

A vicious dog attack was fatal for a Jacksonville man Friday afternoon on the Eastside of town. A 60 year old man was found dead on the property of Franklin Street apartments. Police investigators believe a hole in a chain link fence allowed four dogs to escape from a home on Jessie Street into the area where the victim was found. "Dog on the Premises" signs are posted on the property but that does not release the owner of his responsibility to keep his dogs on his property. Florida has strict liability laws regarding dog bites. The owner of the dogs was located he reported his large dogs as mixed breeds. Neighbors report the dogs as aggressive lunging at the fence as they pass by. All four dogs were taken to Animal Care and Protection Services to be evaluated. Tragically the four dogs involved in this attack were kept at a home close to an apartment complex where families live. We are saddened by the loss of this man's life in a situation that was extremely dangerous for the community and could have been prevented. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigation into this tragedy is ongoing. 

Motorcycle Hit-and-Run Accident

A motorcycle accident in Jacksonville's San Jose area Wednesday evening has left the motorcyclist with life threatening injuries. The motorcycle accident involved a pick-up truck at the intersection of St Augustine Road and Old Kings Road South. The driver of the truck was not injured. Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating the accident. 

Jacksonville Teens Die in an Auto Accident

Sixteen year old Ruben Kelsey died in a fatal crash on Jacksonville's Arlington Rd. while the younger teens in the SUV with him were hospitalized with serious injuries around 4 a.m. on Sunday. The Honda Pilot was reported stolen from a Mandarin home prior to the crash. The driver was apparently driving at a high rate of speed when they lost control trying to navigate a turn onto Rogero Rd. The vehicle crossed the median and struck a concrete wall and a large utility pole. The impact caused serious damage to the vehicle ejecting the three teens from the SUV. Rueben Kelsey was pronounced dead at the scene the other 2 occupants were only 14 years old. The 14 year olds were reported to be in critical but stable condition. Jacksonville Sherriff's Office had some difficulty identifying the 14 year olds since they were not old enough to have a driver's license. If your teens have a phone make sure they have entered emergency health data and contact information on their phone. The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles issues Florida ID cards with photos for anyone over 5 years of age. Proof of residency and identification is required more information is available at this link. The Florida ID is also a good ID for seniors that no longer drive. http://www.dmv.org/fl-florida/id-cards.php 

Motorcycle Accidents Increase During Motorcycle Awareness Month

Jacksonville and Northeast Florida motorcycle accidents are on the increase in May as we roll into "Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month" an annual campaign by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Joseph Canady of Orange Park was hit by a car on May 2, while riding his motorcycle, when a vehicle attempted to turn into the Walmart parking lot on Blanding Blvd. The driver of the car was not injured. Canady a 36 year old father of five was killed. In a separate accident on May 7th Derick Green was riding his motorcycle in the Ortega area when a vehicle made a left hand turn failing to yield to Green's motorcycle. Derick Green was only 39 years old. He died in the crash. On the same day another motorcyclist Colby Harrison was killed on Blanding Blvd. A car turned into the Harrison's path the car reported to be turning with the green arrow. May 10th a motorcycle crash in Flagler County on U.S. 1 claimed the life of 59 year old Thomas Dolan. Dolan from all accounts was following the rules of safety riding in his own lane and wearing his helmet when Peggy Puelo pulled out of a lounge and crossed the northbound lanes of U.S. 1 violating Dolan's right of way. The front of Dolan's motorcycle was struck by the Puelo's Kia. Dolan died at the scene. The youngest in this tragic list Stephanie Robinson was only 22 years old when she died in a motorcycle crash when she apparently lost control on the Buckman Bridge. According to family members Robinson was an experienced rider. The Florida Highway patrol is investigating in an attempt to determine the cause of the crash. Robinson was friends with Joseph Powell another motorcyclist that lost his life on Mother's Day just 2 days before Robinson's accident. No doubt the drivers of the cars in these accidents are grieving over that day in May when a motorcyclist died. While most of the drivers escaped without a scratch no doubt they probably play the day over in their mind they may wish they were driving slower that day, paying more attention or maybe just somewhere else at the moment the crash occurred. It is a tragedy for everyone involved. The motorcyclist that died in the crash can't replay that day. Millstone days for the loved ones and friends of the motorcyclist who lost their lives will never be the same Father's Day, Anniversaries, Birthdays ... Motorcyclists have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway. During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May - and during the rest of the year - drivers of all other vehicles and all road users are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcyclists, and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.

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