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Driver in Baltimore School Bus Driver Had History of Accidents

Clara Rose Ulken3 hours ago

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The driver of a school bus that crashed into multiple vehicles, causing six fatalities, was involved in more than 10 accidents over the past five years. In addition to multiple past accidents, he also had a history of seizures and an expired medical certificate for his commercial driver’s license, meaning he was unauthorized to operate the bus at the time of the accident.

Details of the Fatal Bus Crash

According to CBS News, the driver, 67-year-old Glenn R. Chappell, was driving the school bus in East Baltimore on Nov. 1st when he struck a Ford Mustang from behind and then continued to cross the center median and slam into a Maryland Transit Administration bus.

Both bus drivers were killed in the accident along with four passengers on the MTA bus.  CBS News reports that 11 others sustained injuries.

FOX News states that a 911 dialer claimed the school bus was traveling around 90 mph. Other sources, such as CBS News and United Press International, report the bus’s speed to have been closer to 60 mph; the posted speed limit was 30 mph.

About the School Bus Driver

Glenn R. Chappell was employed by AAAfordable and worked as a contractor for Baltimore City Public Schools.

FOX News reports that he was a husband and father who, according to his son Moses, had no problems with alcohol and did not have any ‘day-to-day’ health issues.

According to the United Press International (UPI), Chappell had a history of hypertension, diabetes, and seizures. His Medical Examiner’s Certificate expired on August 31 yet, though he received warnings and reminders from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, the certificate was never renewed. Chappell’s commercial driver’s license was suspended just two months prior to the accident as a result of his expired certificate.

Paramedics were called for Chappell just one week before the accident, responding to what witnesses reported to have been a seizure.

In the past five years, Chappell has been involved in at least 12 motor vehicle crashes or incidents.

School Transportation Statistics

School-transportation related crashes made up 0.4% of all motor vehicle crashes from 2004-2013.

1,344 people were killed from 2004-2013 in school transportation related crashes, an average of 134 fatalities per year. 327 of those 1,344 fatalities were school age children.

From 2004-2013 there were almost three times more fatalities among occupants of other vehicles than occupants of school transportation vehicles.

Oriental Packing Co., Inc. Issues Another Recall on Curry Powder

Zachary Cura3 hours ago

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According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Oriental Packing Company Inc. has issued a recall on ORIENTAL Hot Curry Powder 50 lb. bulk, OCHO-RIOS Jamaican Nice Mild and Spicy Curry Powder 4 0z, and OCHO-RIOS Mild Curry Powder 5 lb due to presence of lead.

This poses a serious health risk to consumers. If consumed lead can accumulate in the body over time and, if not treated, may cause serious and sometimes permanent health consequences.

Curry Powder Recall Information

The following information was provided by CPSC:

  • The products were distributed in Jamaica and Florida.
  • The products were sold through retail stores.
  • The products can be identified with the above aforementioned labels in plastic bottles and paper bags.
  • The sizes are 4oz, 5 lb., and 50 lb. bulk.
  • The products can be identified by the lot numbers 091316A and 091316B and best before dates 9/19/19 through 9/21/19.
  • The lot numbers and best before dates can be found on the caps and bags of each product.

Proposed Remedy

Consumers are urged to either throw away or return the products to their place of purchase for a full refund. They may also contact Oriental Packing Company between the hours of 8:00AM and 5:00PM Monday through Friday at Toll Free 800-809-9793 EST.

Construction Worker Dies After Fall from Scaffolding in Brooklyn

Joseph Meaney4 hours ago

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According to multiple media sources, a construction worker was killed in a fall inside the old Domino Sugar factory in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday morning.

Dozens of Complaints Filed Against Building

Wilfredo Enriques, 59, a carpenter working for PG Products of New York, was putting up a facade at the old factory building at 325 Kent Avenue when tragedy struck. Enriques was working on the sixth floor when he fell off scaffolding down to the fourth floor at around 8:00 a.m. local time.

Media sources report that Enriques suffered from severe head trauma and was taken to Woodhull Medical Center. Enriques would later be pronounced dead.

Work at the site of a new multi-use development has been halted as the workplace accident is investigated, reports media outlets. The New York Department of Buildings is investigating the incident. The safety administration overseeing the project says they are investigating into the dozens of complaints the building has received, including issues regarding scaffolding and no overhead protection.

On the Job Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,821 workers died on the job in 2014.
  • Fatal falls accounted for 359 construction worker fatalities in 2014. The “Fatal Four” leading causes of private sector worker deaths are:
    • Falls – 359 out of 899 total deaths in construction in 2014 (39.9%)
    • Electrocutions – 74 (8.2%)
    • Struck by Object – 73 (8.1%)
    • Caught-in/between – 39 (4.3%)
  • Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2014.
  • 804 Hispanic or Latino workers died from work-related injuries in 2014 – this average to more than 15 deaths a week.

Driver in Fatal Accident Accused of being under Influence of Drugs

Joseph Meaney4 hours ago

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According to The Gainesville Times, one teenager is dead and three other people are hospitalized after being hit by an impaired driver in Gainesville, Georgia, on Tuesday night.

Details of Fatal Crash

Elizabeth Alvarez-Perez, 44, was driving south on Thompson Bridge Road near Price Road at around 9:25 p.m. local time with three teenagers when the accident happened. Alvarez-Perez was hit by a driver traveling northbound who crossed the center dividing line into her lane.

Police say the driver, 22-year-old Jonathan Flanagan, was traveling too fast for the road conditions, according to The Gainesville Times. Police believe Flanagan was under the influence of drugs during the wreck. Flanagan consented to a blood test to determine what drugs he was on, if any.

Alvarez-Perez, a 14-year-old, and a 16-year-old suffered from critical injuries in the crash and were hospitalized at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. Sadly, 19-year-old Jesus Alvarez-Perez was killed in the wreck. According to The Gainesville Times, Elizabeth Alvarez-Perez sustained extreme brain trauma.

Flanagan was also taken to the hospital with only non-life-threatening injuries. The Gainesville Times reports that Flanagan will be jailed after his discharge from the hospital. He faces several traffic and criminal charges, the heftiest being first-degree vehicular homicide.

Information on Impaired Driving

The following information regarding impaired driving is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • In 2014, there were 9,967 deaths in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
  • Drugs other than alcohol (legal and illegal) are involved in about 16 percent of motor vehicle crashes.
  • Marijuana users were about 25 percent more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use.
    • Other factors such as age and gender may account for the increased crash risk among marijuana users.

Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Detached Semi-trailer

Joseph Meaney4 hours ago

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According to The Gainesville Times, a pedestrian sustained fatal injuries after being hit by a semi-trailer that detached from the cab in West Hall, Georgia, on Thursday afternoon.

Details of the Fatal Pedestrian-Semi Accident

JW Harper, 80, was driving his tractor-trailer full of feed on Browns Bridge Road at around 1:10 p.m. when the accident occurred. Harper apparently lost consciousness and crashed the cab of his truck into several unoccupied cars in the Mincey Marble parking lot.

The Gainesville Times reports that the trailer of the truck overturned, crushing a pedestrian underneath. Fifty-year-old Kip Eugene Holland died at the scene. Harper was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with various injuries.

Personnel at the medical center claimed Harper had bleeding on the brain that did not appear to be due to the crash, reports The Gainesville Times. Harper claims he did not remember the crash or what happened. Witnesses found Harper unconscious inside the cab of the 18-wheeler at its final resting spot.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information regarding large-truck crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks.
    • 10 percent of these fatalities were nonoccupants, such as pedestrians or bicyclists.
  • An estimated 111,000 people sustained injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
  • In 2014, large trucks accounted for eight percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

Jury Awards Family of Girl $14.5M in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Joseph Meaney4 hours ago

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According to The Las Vegas Review-Journal, a Clark County jury awarded $14.5 million to the family of an eight-year-old girl in a medical malpractice lawsuit in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Girl Requires Bone Marrow Transplant, Blood Transfusions

The malpractice suit alleged that MayRose Hurst, 8, sustained a debilitating brain injury because doctors did not diagnose and treat a genetic blood disorder following her birth. The girl was delivered prematurely and treated in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that doctors failed to tell MayRose’s parents that she had severe anemia and that her body wasn’t producing adequate amounts of red blood cells. MayRose suffered from severe brain damage, leaving her mostly blind and unable to walk or talk.

MayRose’s mother says the verdict will help the family pay for the treatment, caregivers, and equipment that her daughter needs to live life as normally as possible. The girl will require a bone marrow transplant and monthly blood transfusions, reports The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The jury found that Ali Piroozi, a doctor, was 40 percent at fault, and a pediatrician, Ralph Conti, was 60 percent at fault. Because Conti had previously settled with the family for $2 million, the family can only collect about $5.8 million from Piroozi or his insurance company.

Medical Malpractice Claims

According to the American Medical Association, medical malpractice leads to 225,000 deaths every year. It also leads to countless injuries, which can leave survivors with debilitating, life-altering conditions. Medical malpractice claims can help injured victims and their families recover damages for past and future medical expenses, loss of wages, and even pain and suffering.

Childbirth Injuries
  • Negligent prenatal care most often includes failure to diagnose medical conditions of the mother, birth defects, or diseases that transfer from mother to fetus.
  • Negligence during childbirth can also cause childbirth injuries. Negligence can include failure to respond to fetal distress, incompetent use of forceps or vacuum extractors, and failure to anticipate or act on birthing complications.

Tractor-Trailer Crashes Head-On with Pickup Truck, Killing Driver

Joseph Meaney4 hours ago

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According to The Times Record News, a woman was killed after she was hit by a semi-truck near her home south of Windthorst, Texas, on Thursday morning.

Truck Driver Confused about Direction of Travel

Mary Laverne Bevers, 48, was driving north on U.S. 281 near the intersection of State Highway 16 when the fatal wreck happened. Bevers was in the process of pulling her pickup truck into her driveway when she was struck by a tractor-trailer head-on at around noon.

Officials say Bevers was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and was ejected from her pickup truck. According to The Times Record News, Bevers suffered fatal injuries at the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer did not sustain injuries in the collision.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials say the truck driver was unsure about the correct direction of travel at the end of a construction zone near the crash site, reports The Times Record News. The big rig was traveling south in a northbound lane on U.S. 281 when it struck Bevers.

Information on Trucking Accidents

The following information regarding truck crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
  • An estimated 111,000 people suffered injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
    • 74 percent of the people injured in these accidents were occupants of other vehicles.
  • An estimated 438,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported traffic crashes during 2014.
  • In 2014, large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

6-Month-Old Infant Struck, Killed in Pedestrian-Car Crash in Hawaii

Joseph Meaney4 hours ago

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According to KHON2, a six-month-old baby boy is dead after being hit by a truck while crossing the street with his family in Waimanalo, Hawaii, on Monday night.

Woman Faces Charges in Fatal Wreck

A man and woman were walking with their two boys, aged three and six months, on Kalanianaole Highway and Wailea Street at around 7:00 p.m. local time. As the family crossed the street at a mid-block crosswalk, a pickup truck crashed into them.

The two boys were hospitalized in critical and serious condition, reports KHON2. Both children suffered from severe head injuries. Sadly, the six-month-old boy succumbed to his injuries a day after the wreck. The three-year-old boy was transported to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. The mother sustained a leg injury in the crash and the father was not significantly injured.

The driver of the truck, 26-year-old Annie Akau, fled the scene after the crash. Police would later find Akau and book her on a litany of charges, including negligent injury, accident involving death or substantial injury, and operating a vehicle under the influence. KHON2 reports that Akau’s husband was also arrested for hindering prosecution.

Residents say the area where the fatal pedestrian accident occurred is full of speeding drivers, making it very dangerous at the mid-block crosswalk, reports KHON2.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes.
    • Pedestrian deaths accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • In 2014, 90 percent of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes involved a single vehicle.
  • Alcohol involvement – for the driver and/or the pedestrian – was reported in 48 percent of all fatal pedestrian crashes in 2014.
  • Eighteen percent of crashes resulting in pedestrian deaths involved a hit-and-run driver in 2014.

Woman Faces Charges after Killing a Motorcyclist and Injuring a Passenger

Joseph Meaney4 hours ago

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According to The Morning Call, a motorcyclist is dead and his passenger seriously injured after they were hit by a car in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in May.

Charges Refiled Two Days after Dismissal

On May 27, Jaynelle Troxell, 22, was driving her normal route home after work when the fatal crash happened. Troxell claims she all of a sudden noticed she was low on gas and made a quick left turn from Hamilton Boulevard onto Lincoln Avenue.

Officials say she drove into the path of the motorcycle driven by Jesus Fred, 42, and his passenger Sarai Rivera Melendez, 35. The two motorcyclists struck Troxell’s minivan and were ejected. Fred died in the crash and Melendez was seriously injured, sustaining brain bleeding and broken bones.

The left turn Troxell attempted was an illegal turn – many signs on Hamilton Boulevard warn drivers that turns cannot be made at Lincoln Avenue. According to the prosecution, the fact that these signs were posted on the route Troxell makes each day for work prove she acted recklessly in the fatal crash. The Morning Call reports that the dashboard camera of an unmarked police cruiser nearby recorded the deadly motorcycle accident, showing that Troxell never stopped at the intersection before taking the illegal left turn.

Prosecutors have filed charges of homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, and involuntary manslaughter, reports The Morning Call. In addition, the prosecution filed two other misdemeanors and several traffic violations. Two days previous to the refiling of charges, the presiding judge dismissed the charges, stating prosecutors did not show Troxell was reckless or negligent.

Motorcycle Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

  • 4,295 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2014.
  • Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries.
    • Only 19 states and the District of Columbia mandate helmet use by all riders.
  • Per mile traveled in 2014, the number of deaths on motorcycles was over 27 times the number in cars.

Two Dead in Crash Involving Tree Service Dump Truck

Joseph Meaney4 hours ago

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According to NBC 26, two people were hit by a dump truck and killed while driving through an intersection in Oneida, Wisconsin, on Thursday afternoon.

Fatal Dump Truck Crash under Investigation

A man and woman were driving north on County Highway E at the intersection of County Highway EE at around 3:00 p.m. local time when the wreck occurred. A tree service company dump truck caused the crash after it failed to stop at a stop sign.

NBC 26 reports that the dump truck hit the car and pushed both vehicles into a field near the intersection, eventually overturning onto its side. The 91-year-old man and 56-year-old woman in the car died in the crash.

The dump truck driver, 40, was taken to a Green Bay hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation into the deadly crash is ongoing.

Information on Trucking Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,903 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2014. In addition,

  • An estimated 111,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
  • In 2014, an estimated 438,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported traffic crashes.
  • Occupants of other vehicles made up 73 percent of the fatalities in large-truck related crashes in 2014.
    • There was a 19 percent increase in the number of injured occupants of other vehicles involved in large-truck traffic crashes from 2013 to 2014.
  • Large trucks accounted for eight percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes in 2014.