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Pedestrian Hit and Killed by Pickup in Jacksonville

Author Jonathan Hernandez

A pedestrian was hit and killed by a pickup truck on Atlantic Boulevard in Jacksonville.

Details about the Fatal Pedestrian Accident

News 4 Jacksonville is reporting that a pedestrian was hit and killed by a pickup truck on Atlantic Boulevard near Kingman Avenue on Thursday evening, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

The Jacksonville Police have also stated that the accident was reported at about 10 a.m., and forced the closure of all eastbound lanes on Atlantic Boulevard for several hours. Police have also said that the male victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The identity of the victim has not been released at this time.

The driver of the truck that hit the man is fully cooperating with authorities in the investigation. No charges are expected to be filed in the accident, but the Sheriff’s Office traffic homicide unit continues to investigate.

Important Information about Pedestrian Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of pedestrians involved in motor vehicle accidents every year in the United States:

  • In 2014, there were a total of 4,735 people who were killed in pedestrian accidents in the United States.
  • During the same year, there was an average of at least one pedestrian fatality every two hours in the United States.
  • Pedestrians are about 1.5 times more likely to be killed in traffic accidents than occupants of motor vehicles.

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One Teen Killed, One Seriously Injured in Dirt Bike Collision

Author Jonathan Hernandez

One person was killed and another was injured in an accident that happened in Waterford.

Details about the Fatal Accident

Your Erie News is reporting that one teenage boy was killed and another was seriously injured in an accident that happened in the Waterford area on Thursday evening. According to the Stancliff Hose Company, two teenage boys were on a dirt bike when the bike collided with a pickup truck near the intersection of East Third and Chestnut Streets in Waterford at about 6:15 p.m.

Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook stated that 15-year-old Aaron Moore was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and that the other boy was flown to the UPMC Hamot via helicopter with serious injuries.

Pennsylvania State Police have stated that the dirt bike was traveling along Chestnut Street and failed to stop at a stop sign. That’s when an F-250 truck on East Third Street was unable to stop before collided with the dirt bike. The accident remains under investigation at this time.

Important Information about Motorcycle Accidents

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people involved in motorcycle accidents every year in the United States:

  • In 2014, there were a total of 4,295 people who were killed in motorcycle accidents in the United States.
  • During the same year, motorcycle accident fatalities accounted for about 13 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths in the United States.
  • Helmets have been proven to be about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths. 

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Bus Driver Convicted of Traffic Charges in Fatal Crash

Author Lilly Mashayak

A church bus driver has been convicted of two traffic charges and acquitted of reckless homicide after allegedly using cocaine before a crash that killed a 6-year-old boy and injured 11 other people near Indianapolis.

Details of the Fatal Crash

According to ABC News, the bus driver, 54-year-old Charles Goodman, faces up between two to 12 years in prison. He will be sentenced next month. Goodman was found guilty of driving while intoxicated and with a suspended license by a Hancock County, Indiana, jury.

Goodman was driving a group from Gary’s St. Jude Deliverance Center on July 28 to a religious convention in Ohio. The 15-passenger bus went out of control, struck some trees and overturned, killing Jacob Williams of Gary, Indiana.

Evidence and Arguments Presented in Trial

According to expert testimony, Goodman used cocaine within a day of the crash. Scientists tested Goodman’s blood about 20 days after the crash, and found only trace amounts of the drug. However, it was enough to suggest he had used cocaine before driving the van, said Sheila Arnold, a forensic toxicologist with the Indiana Department of Toxicology.

Immediately after the accident, Goodman told police he had fallen asleep behind the wheel. Prosecutors argued that even Goodman’s driving while sleepy was reckless.

According to Goodman’s attorney’s, he was a trusted member of the church who was forced to drive a bus with a mechanical failure. Defense attorney Bonnie Wooten said no 911 calls were made referencing an erratic driver before the crash and no one on the bus was fearful of Goodman that day.

Rev. Louise Hill, lead pastor of the church, defended Goodman saying he was helpful and eager to assist with different jobs around the church. She said she did not notice anything odd about Goodman’s behavior and was certain her parishioners would have said something if he was acting strange. 

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