UPDATE: Fatal Car Accidents Around The Country

Stop driving children to school: It could be a lifesaver

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/01/16/stop-driving-children-to-school-it-could-be-a-lifesaver.htmlShocking. Saddening. But not surprising. The death of 5-year-old Camila Torcato, I mean.

When the news came that she had died after being pinned between two cars in the drop-off-and-pick-up area outside the Downsview school where she attended kindergarten, that was the order of reactions.

If you, like me, are the parent of primary-school-age children, the news may have seemed particularly horrifying.

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Fatal accidents kill one CHP officer, injure others in matter of weeks

http://abc7news.com/fatal-accidents-kill-one-chp-officer-injure-others-in-matter-of-weeks/2953276/CONCORD, California — California Highway Patrol officials arrested a Pittsburg woman on suspicion of driving under the influence after she caused a collision that seriously injured a CHP motorcycle officer Monday evening on state Highway 4 in Concord.

There have been two incidents involving CHP officers as victims of accidents in a one month time period one fatal, the other with the officer suffering serious injuries.

A court hearing for the deadly accident, which happened Christmas Eve in Hayward, took place Tuesday.

Twenty-two-year-old Mohammed Abraar Ali appeared in court in a wheelchair.

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Cameras coming to ignition interlock systems

https://article.wn.com/view/2018/01/17/Cameras_coming_to_ignition_interlock_systems/Cameras on ignition interlock systems used by those convicted of drunken driving may begin to appear on dashboards as soon as July.

In the heat of the moment, even when you think you had a full view of the road, there are still times when we miss what really happened in an accident.

A dash cam could be the answer in settling insurance disputes and claims, and may help you to improve the way you drive.

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3 die after crashes send vehicles into icy bodies of water

Three people were killed in two crashes in which vehicles plunged into icy bodies of water, and charges were filed in one of the accidents, authorities said.

A car believed to have been traveling at high speed struck a parked vehicle in Burlington on Sunday afternoon and then went over the river wall into the icy Delaware River, the Burlington County prosecutor’s office said.

The driver escaped, but the female passenger was still in the front seat and was submerged.

Twenty-three-year-old Stephanie White, of Burlington, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Willingboro.

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Metro riders have adjusted after years of subway troubles: They expect the worst

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/tripping/wp/2018/01/17/metro-riders-have-adjusted-after-years-of-subway-troubles-they-expect-the-worst/Maybe it’s because there are so many other things to worry about these days, but Metro riders seem to have become downright philosophical about how lousy Washington’s transit system is.

Few seem shocked in any way that a Metro train jumped the tracks on Monday.

After all the other problems that have come to light in the past few years, it’s almost as if D.C. commuters expect a derailment now and then.

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4-Month Old Sleeping Baby Girl Attacked by Raccoon Inside Apartment

A raccoon attacks, severely injures and then drags a sleeping 4-month old baby out of her bed in a Philadelphia apartment that her mother moved into just the day before. Emergency surgery and 65 stitches later, doctors say it will take at least a year for the infant to recover. Turns out that tenants had complained to the property owner previously that the building was infested by  a large population of raccoons and that they were dangerous, but instead of calling an exterminator, the property owner chose to do nothing.

Can anyone say “MASSIVE premises liability lawsuit” against the owner?

Raccoon Mauls Toddler, Drags Her Out Of Bed In Philadelphia Home

http://www.ibtimes.com/raccoon-mauls-toddler-drags-her-out-bed-philadelphia-home-2631897A 4-month-old baby girl was attacked by a raccoon in a North Philadelphia apartment Wednesday, according to her family.

The girl, Jourini Black, was dragged from her bed by the animal when her mother Ashley Rodgers was in the bathroom, according to CBS Philadelphia and was lying on the floor bleeding when Rodgers found her.

“My daughter was laying on the bed sleeping and I went to take my son to the bathroom. We heard a sound upstairs and we see a raccoon run down the steps,” said Ashley Rodgers, the child’s mother.

“When I finally got to her, she was laying on the floor so it had dragged her off the bed, across the room, and she was bleeding and crying and her whole face was red.”

Black’s pajamas and face were covered in blood after the attack, the family told Fox affiliate WTXF-TV .

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Philadelphia infant viciously attacked by raccoon in apartment

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/12/22/philadelphia-infant-viciously-attacked-by-raccoon-in-apartment.htmlPhiladelphia residents complained about infestation in apartment where 4-month-old was left with injuries on head and face requiring over 60 stitches.


A four-month-old infant was viciously mauled and dragged by a raccoon Wednesday night in a Philadelphia apartment, her parents said. Jourini Black was sleeping in her bed when her mother, Ashley Rodgers, took her six-year-old son, Jordan, to the bathroom, FOX29 reported. Rodgers said she heard a sound coming from the bedroom and saw a raccoon running down the steps. “My daughter was laying on the bed sleeping and I went to take my son to the bathroom,” Rodgers told CBS Philly reported. “We heard a sound upstairs and we see a raccoon run down the steps.

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Virginia woman killed and eaten by her own pet pitbulls

Will people ever learn?

If you make “pets” of vicious animals, they will turn on you. Duh. And if they’re extra sweet, like these ones were, they will eat you after they kill you.


How many people have to be killed and maimed by pitbulls before someone finally figures out that they make lousy pets?

To quote Forrest Gump: ” Mama always said stupid is as stupid does”.

Virginia woman killed in ‘grisly mauling’ by her dogs, cops say


“Let me cut right to the chase, the most important detail that we did not release because we were worried about the well-being of the family is that in the course of trying to capture the dogs early Friday morning…we turned and looked…I observed, as well as four other deputy sheriffs, the dogs eating the ribcage on the body,” Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew said in a news conference.

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Doctors have identified the first case of CTE in a living patient

Doctors believe they have identified the first case of CTE in a living patient

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/11/16/doctors-believe-they-have-identified-the-first-case-of-cte-in-a-living-patient/23279706/Wednesday, news broke that researchers had, for the first time, identified CTE in a living person.

Now, via a CNN segment with Dr. Bennet Omalu, who led the study, the player’s name has been released.

Omalu told listeners that the player described in …

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Chicago researchers confirm diagnosis of CTE in former NFL player before his death

https://www.sbnation.com/2017/11/16/16665522/cte-research-concussions-diagnosis-living-patients-nflThe link between football and CTE is too strong to deny.

Researchers at Boston University’s CTE center found in a recent study of brains of deceased players who played football at the high school, college, or professional level that 99 percent of the …

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Ex-NFL player is first case of CTE found in living person – Irish Times

Scientists claim they have confirmed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in a living patient for the first time, a potential breakthrough in the research of the progressive degenerative brain disease that’s been linked to repeated blows …

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Former NFL Player Confirmed as First Case of CTE in Living Person

Researchers said they have confirmed the first case of a living person diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy more commonly known as CTE—in a former NFL player.

CTE is a degenerative brain disease found in athletes, military veterans, and …

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CTE turned ex-NFL star McNeill from top lawyer to ‘other person’

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/cte-turned-ex-nfl-star-mcneill-top-lawyer-other-person-n821956Now he’s become a medical first.

A positron emission tomography (PET) brain scan done in 2012 showed he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE — the degenerative brain disease being linked increasingly to professional football and to head …

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The Texas Church Shooting; What We Know

VA Secretary: Texas church shooter is no veteran to me


Kelley killed 26 people on Sunday and wounded 20 more during his mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.

He later took his own life after being shot at and pursued by two local residents.

Many people, including President Trump, …

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Texas Gunman Broke Child’s Skull, Assaulted Wife, in Troubled Life

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/06/us/devin-patrick-kelley-texas.htmlBefore Devin P. Kelley entered a rural Texas church with a  rifle, killing at least 26 people on Sunday, he led a deeply troubled life in which few in his path escaped unscathed.

In 2012, while stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in New …

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Texas church shooting: Latest investigation developments

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/texas-church-shooting-sutherland-springs-tx-devin-patrick-kelley-live-updates/Authorities are continuing to investigate the mass shooting that left 26 dead and 20 others wounded after a gunman opened fire inside a South Texas church.

Authorities believe the shooting suspect, Devin Patrick Kelley, died of a self-inflicted gunshot …

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Death sweeps across 3 generations of a single family gathered at Texas church

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/11/06/texas-shooting-death-sweeps-across-3-generations-of-a-single-family-gathered-at-church/As the morning stretched to afternoon and evening, friends and family members in South Texas posted on Facebook, asking whether anyone had heard from their loved ones.

Joe and Claryce Holcombe first heard about the shooting an hour after it happened,

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Northern Michigan couple among the victims in Texas church shooting

http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/northern-michigan-couple-among-the-victims-in-texas-church-shootingCLARE COUNTY, Mich.,
Two northern Michigan natives are among the victims who died in the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Robert Corrigan and Shani Corrigan from Harrison were killed in the shooting that left 26 dead in …

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‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’ Family of ‘Emanuel 9’ reacts to Texas church shooting

http://abcnews4.com/news/local/enough-is-enough-family-of-emanuel-9-reacts-to-texas-church-shootingHe spoke about his mother’s death at Emanuel AME Church just one day after the tragic shooting at the downtown Charleston sanctuary in 2015.

Chris Singleton is now commenting publicly once again about a deadly shooting inside a church. Singleton …

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What Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Firing Says About Hollywood

OPINION: To be clear, Harvey Weinstein WAS NOT fired because he sexually harassed women. He was doing that for many, many years and his illegal antics were well-known and even tacitly approved by Hollywood heavyweights like Matt Damon and Russell Crowe. No, the reason he was fired is because his decades-long history of sexually harassing women was finally made public and the optics and implications looked bad for his company.

Amid Weinstein Ousting, New Sexual Harassment Allegations Emerge – Forbes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/natalierobehmed/2017/10/09/amid-weinstein-ousting-new-allegations-emerge/Last night Harvey Weinstein was fired from the production company and distributor he cofounded, following a Thursday New York Times report that detailed decades of sexual harassment allegations.

But yesterday two new accusations were made public, …

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Streep, Judi Dench slam Weinstein over sexual harassment claims

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-people-harvey-weinstein-streep/streep-judi-dench-slam-weinstein-over-sexual-harassment-claims-idUSKBN1CE1SZMeryl Streep and Judi Dench, two of Hollywood’s most respected actresses, lashed out at movie producer Harvey Weinstein on Monday but said they were unaware of his decades of alleged sexual harassment of women.

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Film producer Harvey Weinstein ousted from Weinstein Co. amid reports of sexual harassment

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/film-producer-harvey-weinstein-ousted-weinstein-co-amid-reports-sexual-harassment/Weinstein had previously taken an indefinite leave of absence following the revelation of at least allegations of sexual harassment uncovered in an expose Thursday by The New York Times.

The board on Friday endorsed that decision and announced an …

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Weinstein Loses Adviser Lisa Bloom Amid Harassment Allegations

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/weinstein-loses-adviser-lisa-bloom-amid-harassment-allegations-n808666Accusations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood entertainment mogul, cost him a close adviser on Saturday and may have lost his company a high-profile series of books.

Lisa Bloom, the prominent women’s rights attorney, …

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DEVELOPING: Mass shooting on Las Vegas Strip

UPDATE: 59 Killed, 500+ Injured

In an update to our initial report moments after the mass shooting began in Las Vegas wherein we quoted 2 killed and 24 injured, 12 critically, although media reporting varies on the numbers, at least 58 have died and more than 500+ were injured.

Mass shooting on Las Vegas Strip

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mandalay-bay-resort-casino-las-vegas-gunshots-reported-live-updates/Dozens of patrol vehicles descended on the Strip after authorities received reports of an active shooter near the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Some officers took cover behind their vehicles while others carrying assault rifles ran into the Mandalay Bay …

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2 dead, at least 20 wounded after shooting near Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas

http://abcnews.go.com/US/active-shooter-situation-las-vegas-police/story?id=50223240At least two people were killed and multiple others were injured in a shooting near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday, police said.

The Las Vegas Police Department said that “one suspect is down,” but it did not say if there …

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FELA: Durable and still going strong

Opinion analysis: Court restricts lawsuits against out-of-state railroads

http://www.scotusblog.com/2017/05/opinion-analysis-court-restricts-lawsuits-state-railroads/FELA does not itself create a special rule authorizing jurisdiction over railroads just because they happen to do business in a particular place, the court emphasized.

Second, the court continued, a Montana rule that allows courts in the state to …

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Appeals court: Ex-rail worker can keep $21M judgment for foot severely injured in accident on job

http://cookcountyrecord.com/stories/511200617-appeals-court-ex-rail-worker-can-keep-21m-judgment-for-foot-severely-injured-in-accident-on-jobA state appeals court has upheld a $21 million judgment for a railroad worker who hurt his foot on the job.

The panel said Norfolk Southern failed to cite federal precedent to support its claim a disability award was improper for a FELA …

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Supreme Court: General Personal Jurisdiction Test Applies to All Actions

In BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell, 137 S. Ct. 1549 (U.S. 2017) (No. 16-405), plaintiff employees sued the defendant railroad under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) in Montana state court.

The defendant was neither headquartered nor incorporated …

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Amtrak building manager says company violated FELA through two injuries he suffered since 2014

http://pennrecord.com/stories/511167936-amtrak-building-manager-says-company-violated-fela-through-two-injuries-he-suffered-since-2014An Amtrak building manager claims the company violated the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) on two occasions in the past three years, when he suffered two injuries in the course of his employment and/or tenure with the company.

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FELA: Durable and still going strong

Railroads abhor it; labor leaders adore it.

The most senior and conservative Republican in the U.S. Senate is its staunchest supporter.

Say hello to the 109-year-old Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), which has nothing to do with federal workers …

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Lawsuit: Amtrak trackman and driver’s shoulder injuries are the result of FELA violation

http://pennrecord.com/stories/511221824-lawsuit-amtrak-trackman-and-driver-s-shoulder-injuries-are-the-result-of-fela-violationAn Amtrak trackman and truck driver has accused the train transportation company of violating the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) by not making for a safe workplace, which he says led to his serious shoulder injuries.

Adam R …

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Former Amtrak electrician says company at fault for career-ending hand injuries

http://pennrecord.com/stories/511217972-former-amtrak-electrician-says-company-at-fault-for-career-ending-hand-injuriesAn Amtrak electrician has alleged the train transportation company violated the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) by not providing a safe workplace, and causing an electricity accident that left him with severe, career-ending …

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Former railroad conductor and brakeman alleges his kidney cancer was caused by toxic substance exposure

http://pennrecord.com/stories/511215816-former-railroad-conductor-and-brakeman-alleges-his-kidney-cancer-was-caused-by-toxic-substance-exposureA former train conductor and brakeman of 36 years claims a trio of rail companies violated the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) by neglecting to provide him a safe workplace, and allegedly causing him to contract kidney cancer …

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Union Pacific prevails at Supreme Court in St. Clair County FELA case

http://madisonrecord.com/stories/511083905-union-pacific-prevails-at-supreme-court-in-st-clair-county-fela-caseUnion Pacific Railroad, which won a jury verdict in an employee’s injury trial but lost it at the Fifth District appellate court, regained its victory at the Illinois Supreme Court on Feb. 17.

The Justices ruled that Union Pacific …

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CSX Escapes $2M Verdict As Fla. High Court Drops Case

The duty at issue in the instant case is well-established, Manko said: “Under FELA, railroads owe a duty to exercise reasonable care to both provide a safe workplace and, as part and parcel of that duty, they have a duty to exercise reasonable care to …

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Man imprisoned 17 years in wrongful conviction gets $817,000


Man imprisoned 17 years in wrongful conviction gets $817,000 compensation

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/09/man_imprisoned_17_years_in_wro.htmlA judge has awarded $817,000 to a Grand Rapids man who spent 17 years in prison for rape in a wrongful conviction.

Quentin Carter was awarded the funds Wednesday, Sept. 6 during a hearing before Michigan Court of Appeals …

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Opinion: This is outrageous! Do the math; that works out to just $48,079 per year! So…the state of Michigan can wrongfully imprison a person indefinitely and then the only penalty it incurs is to pay them the equivalent of $5.50 per hour that they’re locked up! That’s not even minimum wage! UNBELIEVABLE!

GR man receives $817,351 for wrongful imprisonment

http://woodtv.com/2017/09/06/gr-man-receives-817351-for-wrongful-imprisonment/GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan
A man who was wrongfully convicted spent 17 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit.

Now, Quentin Carter is getting a check for $817,351.

“I’m very happy,” said Carter in court following the ruling Wednesday.

Carter is …

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$57 Million Awarded in J&J Ethicon Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

$57 Million Awarded in Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

https://dailyhornet.com/2017/57-million-awarded-in-vaginal-mesh-lawsuit/The trial involved Ella Ebaugh, a woman who was injured by two vaginal mesh implants made by Ethicon Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

One was the TVT-Secur mesh, which is no longer on the market.

The other was the company’s “standard” TVT …

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Manchester woman awarded $57 million in vaginal mesh lawsuit

http://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/local/2017/09/07/manchester-woman-awarded-57-million-vaginal-mesh-lawsuit/643463001/A 51-year-old Manchester woman was awarded more than $57 million for injuries she suffered from vaginal mesh devices.

The devices, created and marketed by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc., were implanted into Ella Ebaugh in 2007 to treat her …

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