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Corpus Christi Man Dies After Struck by Vehicle

Author Mary Wolff

According to KRIS-TV Channel 6 News, a man lost his life after being struck by a large sedan. The accident occurred Friday night, around 10 p.m., at the intersection of Waldron Road at Castle Park in Corpus Christi, Texas.

About the Corus Christi Pedestrian Accident

The victim, an unidentified 57-year-old man, was crossing the street in the crosswalk when the vehicle struck him. The man suffered serious injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, his injuries were too grave and he passed away.

The driver of the vehicle, a 65-year-old man, was interviewed by police and released without a citation. Police do not believe drugs or alcohol to have been a factor in the accident.

Police are speculating that the increase in traffic, due to crowds leaving the nearby Flour Bluff High School football game, may have had some influence on the accident.

Police are still investigating to further uncover how the man was struck. They are looking into visibility issues in that particular area to see what contributed to the crash.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

Following information provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • In 2013, 3,377 people were killed in traffic collisions in Texas. This marked a 1.05 percent decrases from the 3,413 deaths recorded in 2012.
  • Pedestrian accidents resulted in 485 deaths.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in traffic accidents with 89,270 people sustaining serioius injuries.
  • Based on reportable crash data, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in an auto accident in Texas every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.

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Sleep Aids and Anxiety Drugs Linked to Alzheimer’s

Author Jarod Cassidy

Researchers have determined that older adults who relied on benzodiazepines – such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Klonopin – to treat anxiety or induce sleep are at an elevated risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.

About the Benzodiazepines Study

According to a study published in BMJ, people who had take a cumulative daily dose for six months are 84 percent more likely to develop dementia. However, this does not mean that only regular users are at risk. In fact, the study was concluded that every use of benzodiazepines resulted in an increased risk.

The risk of dementia was determined to be dose dependent, meaning more frequent or longer use meant a greater increase in the risk of developing dementia. Those who took benzodiazepine very briefly or infrequently did not see their Alzheimer’s risk go up five years after being prescribed the medication.

Previous Research Linking Benzodiazepines to Dementia and Other Side-Effects

The LA Times reports that there is already strong evidence linking frequent or regular benzodiazepine use to degraded memory and mental performance. Other research suggests that the receptors to which the drug binds become less active after treatment, resulting in cognitive decline.

The following side effects have also been linked to benzodiazepines:

  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Weakness
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coma
  • Anorexia
  • Depression

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Four Injured in Bastrop Pile-Up

Author Jarod Cassidy

At least four people were injured in Bastrop, Texas Tuesday morning as a result of a nine-car pile-up.

About the Bastrop Pile-Up

According to the Austin American-Statesman, the incident occurred at the intersection of Tahitian Drive and Texas 71 around 10:30 am.

In total, nine vehicles were involved in the pile-up including two 18-wheelers. Four individuals were transported to the hospital for treatment with one requiring life flight.

Authorities have not commented on the cause of the accident and state the investigation is ongoing.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

Following information provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,377 people were killed in auto accidents in 2013, marking a 1.05 percent decrease from the 3,413 traffic related deaths recorded in 2012.
  • An additional 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents with 89,270 people sustaining serious injuries.
  • Using available crash data, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in an auto accident every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.

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