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Jacksonville Chamber Employee Dies in a Fatal Accident

Thanksgiving weekend a fatal accident on Jacksonville's Westside claimed the life of Callie Crump. Callie Crump was only 36 years old she was employed by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. According to Florida Highway Patrol, Callie Crump was stopped due to traffic when her Toyota Corolla was rear ended by a Ford Expedition on I-10 eastbound at U. S. Highway 301 in Baldwin. The crash involved multiple vehicles that left an infant and two children among the seriously injured victims. The children were passengers in the Ford Expedition. The driver of the Expedition Wanda Jones and a 22 year old passenger was also injured in that vehicle. The impact of the Ford Expedition pushed Callie Crump's vehicle into a Jeep Patriot the driver of the Jeep was seriously injured. Tragically seven were injured one fatality. Callie Crump was remembered as a kind, generous woman of faith. She will be greatly missed by friends, family, fellow Trinity Baptist Church members and her little dog Buddy. 

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. 

Middleburg Auto Accident Claims a Life

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."

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".

Hit-and-Run Driver Leaves Teen to Die

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.

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. 

Bicyclist Seriously Injured

Alarming statistics of bicyclist seriously injured or even killed continue to escalate this year. August 3rd a bicyclist sustained serious injuries when they were struck by a vehicle on Beach Blvd. at 6th Street. During the same week on August 1st David Talley a 58 year old father and grandfather was struck from behind by a Ford truck while riding his bike on Jacksonville's Westside of town. David Talley died at the scene. July 21st a car collided with a bicycle in Crescent Beach sending the bicyclist to the hospital with serious injuries. The very next day a woman was left in critical condition after she was hit by a vehicle while riding her bike in the Arlington area of Jacksonville. July 12th a bicyclist was taken to UF health after being struck by a vehicle on Marsh Landing. Less than a week after this incident a serious bicycle accident on July 6th claimed the life of Christian Meier a 17 year old decorated member of the Navy Junior ROTC program at Nease High School on Palm Valley Road. How can we change this alarming trend? Drivers need to be aware that 6 p.m.-9p.m. is the time period with the greatest percentage of fatal bike crashes. Don't drive distracted or impaired and always remember to "Look Twice" and "Share the Road." Cyclist and drivers make mistakes that contribute to crashes, but when a crash happens involving a cyclist and a vehicle it is often the cyclist who is seriously injured or killed. The NHTSA has a wealth of information for cyclist. Parents and teachers you can download age appropriate activities provided by the National Highway Traffic Administration to help teach your children more about bicycle safety.
http://www.nhtsa.gov/bicycles
Parents & Teachers http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+.../.../Bicycle+Safety+Activity+Kit 

Amusement Park Injuries

Summertime is winding down while serious amusement park injuries and even deaths seem to be on the rise as we enjoy the last of summer. As we take a look at some of the most serious accidents mechanical failure is the suspected culprit in three of the accidents. Thursday a ten year-old was killed on a 168 foot water slide in Kansas. Guest at the park indicated that some of the restraints on the slide were not working. A three-year-old boy fell out of a roller coaster yesterday in Pennsylvania. The child was riding with an older brother when he fell out of the roller coaster built in 1938. The restraints used in the roller coaster were bars not individual seat belts. The height requirement is at least 36" or the child must be accompanied by an adult. Three children were injured in a Ferris wheel accident in Tennessee last week when the basket they were riding in dumped them out due to a mechanical failure. The youngest a six year old is listed in critical condition while the other two girls are listed in stable condition. Florida residents will never forget the chilling story of a toddler being pulled into a Disney World lake in Orlando this summer by an alligator. The child was killed. Considering the number of us enjoying Amusement Parks, Water Parks and County Fairs every year it is unlikely that we can stop all of the accidents that occur but we are all hopeful that the level of serious accidents that have plagued the industry this summer will create a safer environment for all of us especially our children. We have listed a few tips and words of caution below

Tragic Pedestrian Accident Claims Life of Middleburg Man

A tragic pedestrian accident has claimed the life of 74 year old George Maxell Point on Saturday. George Maxwell was busy planning a garage sale placing signs along County Road 218 in Middleburg as he stepped onto the highway he was struck by a Toyota Camry. The accident is still under investigation. Neighbors have sited speed as an issue on that highway. The speed limit is 45 but many drivers reportedly exceed the speed limit on County Road 218 in Middleburg. Sadly, pedestrian accidents in the Jacksonville area continue to escalate.

Fatal Bicycle Accident Claims the Life of an Outstanding Teen

A bicycle accident has claimed the life of an outstanding 17 year old young man on Palm Valley Road. Christian Meier was struck by a Toyota Corolla as he crossed the road. Christian died from injuries sustained in the accident at Baptist Beaches Hospital. Christian Meier was a decorated member of the Navy Junior ROTC program at Nease High School. He had been selected to attend the NJROTC Leadership Academy. Sadly, his dreams of becoming a Navy pilot will never be realized. Christian's family, friends and classmates will no doubt miss this exceptional teenager.

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