It’s a shocking statistic, but every year in America, an average of 38 children die from being left in hot cars. What kind of person, let alone a responsible parent, would leave their child in a hot car long enough to die? A Washington Post article looks at some of those people and the aftermath they have to live with. It turns out that these people come from all walks of life, from rocket scientist to police officer to postal clerk.
The reasons that this horrible phenomenon is growing are many, including practices that were initially adopted for a young child’s safety. In the early 90’s, child safety experts spoke out against having a child’s baby seat in a vehicle’s passenger seat because a deploying airbag could be lethal to a small child. This was followed by child safety experts advising that it would be safer if a baby seat was mounted to face backward. Unfortunately, no one foresaw that these practices might lead to parents forgetting that their young children were in their backseat, trapped. Other factors contributing to this phenomenon are the exceedingly busy and distracted lives many of us lead. Gone are the days when a radio was the only distraction one had while driving. Nowadays, we have smart phones, GPS devices, and other distractions that allow us to multitask in our vehicles. Read the rest »
A 52-year-old retired Jacksonville police officer is dead after his vehicle slammed into the side of Chevrolet Suburban that was turning at a stop sign intersection. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the victim was running errands with his 10-year-old daughter when the tragic car accident occurred.
His daughter was listed in serious condition after the accident. The two occupants of the other vehicle, the 73-year-old driver and a 35-year-old passenger, were also listed in serious condition. The police officer was 52-years old.
According to the Florida Times-Union, the officer had been with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) for 30 years before his retirement in 2013. He initially started as a corrections officer in 1983 and became a police officer in 1987.
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Controversy has erupted in connection with a tragic accident that took the lives of two women as they waited for a bus at a Lynx bus stop in Orlando.
The driver of a Hyundai SUV allegedly lost control of her vehicle on Silver Star Road and veered onto the sidewalk. The vehicle struck a bus stop, partially destroyed the bus shelter and took out the bench where the women were sitting. One of the victims died at the scene. The other later died from her injuries at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Now, the wrongful death attorneys at Farah & Farah in Lakeland have learned that the city of Orlando is claiming that the bus stop was built too close to the curb, which violates both state and local codes. To make matters worse, a spokesman for the city of Orlando claims that bus stop may have been built without a permit and without the city’s permission. Read the rest »
Officials have reported that a Deland police officer who struck and killed a fleeing suspect with his patrol car has been terminated by the DeLand Police Department.
The death, which occurred in early May, sparked an uproar in the community after a popular 38-year-old local barber was killed while fleeing police. The DeLand Police Department reports that he led police on a chase after an officer attempted to stop him for a seat belt infraction.
After a brief car chase, the man abandoned his vehicle and started to run away on foot. According to JAX.com, a DeLand officer who arrived on the scene drove his patrol car more than 100 feet off the road, ran through a backyard fence and then ran over and killed the man. Read the rest »
It may have happened several states away, but the massive fertilizer explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas has the Florida fertilizer industry watching and waiting to see what went wrong.
So far, the explosion has claimed 14 lives, and authorities are still digging through the rubble of the devastated town of West, Texas trying to find survivors and bodies in the aftermath of the horrific industrial accident.
The president of the Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association in Lakeland told the Palm Beach Post that although nothing remotely close to what happened in Texas has happened in Florida, the industry is keeping a watchful eye on the investigation to learn what happened. Read the rest »
The parents of a 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed at the Lake Wales Woman’s Club, is suing the club, the head of a recording company, and the security personnel for wrongful death, claiming the defendants did not do enough to prevent the tragedy.
The suit is seeking damages for funeral expenses, loss of their son’s support, and mental and emotional anguish.
The shooting took place at the club at 2:00 a.m. on April 17, 2011. A fight broke out between rival rap groups during a rapping contest at the club, and during the scuffle the victim was shot on stage. Read the rest »
The legal team at Farah & Farah recently reported that a trial in a wrongful death case, filed by the parents of a nine-year-old boy who was killed in a Palm Beach condo van accident while riding his bicycle near the entrance of a condominium complex in 2011, had gone to the jury for deliberation.
In an update to that blog, the jury came back and awarded the parents of the child $12 million in damages. Read the rest »
Lee County has settled a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the widow of an Ohio man who died in a southwest Florida prison after being pepper sprayed more than a dozen times while in custody. The attorney for the widow said the settlement was “well into the seven figures.”
The incident began at the Lee County Jail on March 27, 2009 and ended with the man dying in the hospital two days later. According to WTSP.com, the man had apparently stopped taking his medications while visiting Naples and started to behave erratically. He was arrested on a disorderly intoxication charge on March 25 and then again for a trespassing charge on March 27. Read the rest »
Pasco County has agreed to pay $75,000 in wrongful death compensation to the children of a woman who choked to death after 911 dispatch workers failed to give her boyfriend adequate instructions on how to save her life.
The woman had been drinking heavily on March 24, 2007 when she ingested a three-inch piece of steak and started choking. After trying to dislodge the steak and failing, the desperate boyfriend at the scene called 911. Read the rest »
The Jacksonville wrongful death attorneys at Farah & Farah have found out that the parents of a Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) student are suing the school for wrongful death in the June 2011 drowning death of their son in a campus lake.
The 21-year-old student had been swimming in Lake Como with several friends at night when he drowned. Reportedly, he could not swim and got caught beneath a water trampoline that is in the campus swimming area of the lake. His friends were not able to pull him out before he drowned. An autopsy revealed he had no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the tragic accident. Read the rest »