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Teen Struck and Killed by Distracted Driver

Author Jarod Cassidy

A 15-year-old was hit and killed by a distracted driver on Saturday as he walked along the side of a highway in St. Marys, Georgia.

About the Fatal St. Marys Pedestrian Accident

According to First Coast News, Braxton Sullivan was walking along St. Marys Road near Interstate 95 when he was struck by a car and killed.

The teen lived at a boys’ home and was in the process of being adopted by David and Sue Murrell. The couple had checked Sullivan out of the boys’ home for the weekend - he was due back Monday.

The driver of the car, Rubin O’Neil Mainor of Jacksonville, informed police that he was reaching for his cell phone when the accident occurred. Mainor called 911 and remained on the scene.

The accident is still under investigation.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Following information provided by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center:

  • 4,743 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists were killed in traffic collisions in 2012.
  • An additional 76,000 pedestrian injuries were reported for the year  – nearly one injury every 7 minutes.
  • Men accounted for 69 percent of pedestrian fatalities recorded in 2012.
  • 32 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred between 8:00 pm and midnight.

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Fatal Trucking Accident on the George Washington Bridge

Author Tina Robinson

A fatal trucking accident on the George Washington Bridge in the early morning hours has caused massive traffic delays in New York City on Thursday, according to NBC New York.

About the Fatal GW Bridge Truck Accident

Port Authority told reporters the accident happened at approximately 2:30 a.m. on the upper eastbound lanes of the George Washington Bridge. Two tractor-trailers were involved in the crash. Reports say one truck was rear-ended by the other.

The crash left one driver dead; the other sustained minor injuries. The identities of both drivers have not been released.

All eastbound lanes of the bridge were closed for more than three hours causing massive traffic delays. One eastbound lane was reopened at 6 a.m. but heavy delays still persisted in both directions.

Trucking Accident Facts

In 2012, fatalities caused by accidents involving large trucks increased by 4 percent from the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Overall, NHTSA estimates 3,921 people were killed and 104,000 people were injured in 2012 in accidents involving large trucks. (NHTSA defines large trucks as those with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds.)

About 73% of those killed in large truck accidents in 2012 were occupants of vehicles other than the truck. Another 10% of fatalities were pedestrians, bicyclists or other non-occupants of vehicles.

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Infant Visits ER After Drinking E-Cig Fluid

Author Jarod Cassidy

A 1-year-old was rushed to the emergency room in York, Pennsylvania after ingesting nicotine fluid used in electronic cigarettes.

“Better off Drinking Bleach or Lysol”

The parents of the young boy called 911 immediately after speaking with poison control stating that their infant son had ingested liquid nicotine.

According to a FOX affiliate in Philadelphia, doctors at the ER told the parents of the child that the boy would have been better off drinking bleach or Lysol than the liquid nicotine.

Dave Norris of Blue Door Vapor told the press that an extreme form of nicotine is used effectively as a pesticide.

It is estimated that a single vial of the e-cigarette fluid contains the same amount of nicotine as five packs of cigarettes.

The child has recovered, and authorities do not plan to press charges.

Nicotine Poisoning on the Rise

  • Recent data shows a dramatic increase in the number of nicotine poisoning cases over the past four years.
  • According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was roughly one report of nicotine poisoning per month in 2010. By 2014, that number had jumped to about 215 reported cases per month.
  • The majority of calls to poison centers regarding e-cigarettes involve children under the age of five.

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