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Collision With Jacknifed Semi Kills Driver

October 11, 2008

Collision With Jacknifed Semi Kills Driver

A driver from Kingsland, Georgia died Friday afternoon after a chain-reaction on the road involving a tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer was hauling a load of beer, heading south near Pecan Park Road, when he rear-ended a pickup truck that was pulling a cement mixer. All of this occurred on North Main Street in north Jacksonville, according…

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October 8, 2008

Tractor-Trailer Accident Kills Elderly Couple

This story found its way on the front page of our paper complete with a picture of a smiling, friendly looking elderly couple. James and Blanch Whiddon had been married for 65 years. They told relatives recently they could never live without each other. After a car accident, they died three days apart last week….

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October 7, 2008

Driving Home A Message Of Auto Safety To Teens

With more than 36,000 teen drivers involved in car crashes in Florida last year –and a teen killed every 6.5 minutes nationwide, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles has created an interactive web site to drive home the message of safety on the road. With great graphics, bold music, and production techniques, TakeTheWheel.net was created…

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October 4, 2008

North Florida Teens Injured On ATV

This week a couple of teens riding an all-terrain vehicle in Baker County, smashed into a tree after losing control of the ATV on a dirt road. They were both in serious condition; neither of them wore a helmet according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 17-year-old Michael Jewel of Sanderson was driving. The passenger was…

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October 3, 2008

DUI Manslaughter Mom Going To Prison For Killing Son In Crash

Six months after her son died in a car she was drunk driving at 100 mph, Angela Harper has been sentenced to spend nine years in prison for DUI manslaughter. Her 13-year-old son Jesse Harper, was one of several teens in the back seat thrown from the car at the time of the crash. 31-year-old…

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September 30, 2008

Nursing Home Report Card — F

94 Percent of Nursing Homes Have Problems. That is the concensus of a recent report from the Department of Health and Human Services. 94 percent of for-profit nursing homes were cited for deficiencies of care last year. Of that number about 17 percent had deficiencies that could cause actual harm or “Immediate jeopardy” to patients….

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September 27, 2008

Auto Fraud Database Will Help Consumers

Believe it or not, it was 1992 when Congress passed a law calling for the creation of a database of rebuilt or stolen vehicles. The purpose was to inform consumers shopping for a used vehicle whether they were getting a car that had been in a wreck or had been rebuilt. The 16-year wait is…

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September 26, 2008

Florida Fatal Accidents On Highway Down, DUI Up

Florida is seeing a reduction in the number of fatalities on our state’s highways. For the second year in a row the number of traffic accidents is down as is the number of deaths from those accidents, down more than four percent from 2006. The Florida Highway Patrol believes people are becomming educated about safe…

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September 25, 2008

Florida Student Killed When Cell Phone Trucker Hits School Bus

Incredible details are coming out about a school bus crash in Citra, Florida that killed one 13-year old girl. A tractor-trailer driver was talking on his cell phone when he slammed into the school bus Wednesday. Four bystanders who witnessed the accident ran to the school bus and pulled out half of the students from…

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