Monthly Archives: July 2017

Pregnant woman killed after car accident in Bluffton’s most dangerous intersection

Pregnant woman killed after car accident in Bluffton’s most dangerous intersection

http://wsav.com/2017/07/26/pregnant-woman-killed-after-car-accident-in-blufftons-most-dangerous-intersection/Where Highway 278 and Buck Island Rd. meet is the most dangerous intersection in Bluffton with a total of 8 accidents with injuries in the past 8 months.

Now the intersection has claimed a fatality, after a three-vehicle …

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California teen charged in fatal crash streamed live on Instagram

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obdulia-sanchez-charged-fatal-crash-livestream-instagram-california/FRESNO, California
Prosecutors charged a teenage driver Wednesday with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and other counts after she lost control of her car while livestreaming on Instagram and recorded a crash that killed her younger sister.

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Xarelto Bellwether Trials Not Boding Well For Plaintiffs

Second Bellwether Xarelto Lawsuit Goes to Defendant, All Eyes on Third

https://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/xarelto/xarelto-lawsuit-death-bleeding-issue-55-22411.htmlNew Orleans, LA
The second bellwether Xarelto lawsuit in multidistrict litigation over allegations of Xarelto bleed-out in association with the new age blood thinner has gone, like the first, to the defendant.

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Johnson & Johnson, Bayer score a second key win in Xarelto bleeding litigation

http://www.fiercepharma.com/legal/j-j-bayer-win-second-key-xarelto-bleeding-trialJohnson & Johnson and Bayer are two-for-two in defending Xarelto against liability lawsuits.

The drugmakers aren’t in the clear yet, though, with another bellwether trial set for August and thousands of additional suits claim the blockbuster blood …

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Bayer, Janssen Win 2nd Xarelto Bellwether Trial

https://www.law360.com/articles/933887/bayer-janssen-win-2nd-xarelto-bellwether-trialA New Orleans federal jury on Monday awarded a defense verdict to Janssen and Bayer in the second bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over unstoppable bleeding allegedly caused by their blood …

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J&J, Bayer Cleared of Responsibility at Xarelto Trial

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-03/j-j-bayer-cleared-of-responsibility-in-first-xarelto-trial-j29ekd0wJohnson & Johnson and Bayer AG aren’t responsible for a Xarelto user’s internal bleeding, a jury found in the first trial over the blood-thinning drug.

J&J and Bayer didn’t mislead a Louisiana man and his doctors about the blood-thinning drug’s health …

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UPDATE: Notable Multidistrict Litigation Cases Happening Now

Ex-NFL Player’s Family Wants CTE Suit Severed From MDL

http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/home/id=1202792972166/ExNFL-Players-Family-Wants-CTE-Suit-Severed-From-MDL?mcode=1202617075166&curindex=0“The court and the attorneys involved with the NFL MDL did a remarkable job in achieving a settlement to bring a lot of great needed relief to a lot of families,” Robinson’s attorney, Bradford Sohn of Coral Gables, Florida, said.

“But these claims …

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World’s Top Weed Killer Causing Cancer? EPA To Decide

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-07-13/does-the-world-s-top-weed-killer-cause-cancer-trump-s-epa-will-decideThe judge is presiding over multidistrict litigation composed of 310 plaintiff lawsuits against Monsanto filed by cancer victims around the country.

(It will likely consolidate hundreds more suits.)

Chhabria has told both sides that the question of …

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Anthem Settles MDL over 2015 Data Breach $115 Deal Sets Record for a Data-Breach Settlement

http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=7e7b45ac-a24c-4102-abaa-77ef91edcf9cHealth insurance giant Anthem Inc. reported on February 4, 2015, that its computer systems had been targeted in a “very sophisticated external cyber attack.”

The hackers stole personal information from nearly 80 million Anthem employees and customers, …

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Parties in Bard IVC filter MDL spar over expert witnesses

http://www.reuters.com/article/products-bard-mdl-idUSL1N1K423ZC.R. Bard on Wednesday asked a federal judge to exclude four expert witnesses from testifying for the plaintiffs in a case alleging the medical device company failed to warn of dangers from defectively designed vascular filters.

Lawyers for New Jersey …

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Parties in herbal supplements MDL reach settlement

http://www.reuters.com/article/products-herbal-supplement-idUSL1N1K32KJTarget, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and other retailers have reached an agreement to settle a multidistrict litigation alleging the companies sold herbal supplements that did not contain their marketed active ingredients.

All of the 71 MDL cases consolidated …

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Tap water litigation now assigned judge, pending in multi-district court

http://www.caller.com/story/news/local/2017/06/23/tap-water-litigation-now-assigned-judge-pending-multi-district-court/415727001/A slew of lawsuits have been approved to go before a multi-district litigation court, assigned last month to Judge Joel B. Johnson, a retired judge of the 156th District Court in San Patricio County.

Multi-district litigation is intended to combine in …

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$51M Deal Ends Long-Running Oppenheimer Junk Bond MDL

OppenheimerFunds Inc. has agreed to pay almost $51 million to settle allegations that it invested in junk bonds and risky derivatives despite claiming to focus on investment-grade municipal bonds, ending …

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Feinberg To Be Settlement Master In Fiat Chrysler MDL

https://www.law360.com/articles/942840/feinberg-to-be-settlement-master-in-fiat-chrysler-mdlExperienced mediator Kenneth Feinberg will be charged with brokering a deal in multidistrict litigation over whether certain diesel engines in Fiat Chrysler …

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Bellwether Case Set to Begin in GM Ignition MDL

http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202792553885/Bellwether-Case-Set-to-Begin-in-GM-Ignition-MDLThe litigation tsunami continues as another bellwether ignition defect case against General Motors heads to trial Monday in the U.S. District Court for the S…

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Oakland Police Sexual Exploitation Case Exposed

Court Orders Oakland to Report on Fixes Following Police Sexual Exploitation Case

https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/07/13/court-orders-oakland-to-report-on-fixes-following-police-sexual-exploitation-case/A federal judge has ordered Oakland officials to detail how they plan to fix procedural issues in the Police Department identified last month in a court-ordered report that found OPD’s investigation into a widespread officer sexual exploitation case …

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Damning New Report Shows How Oakland Cops Covered Up Their Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

http://reason.com/blog/2017/07/13/oakland-police-corruption-comes-outA damning new report explains the extent that the Oakland Police Department (OPD) was involved with the girl, who goes by the pseudonym Celeste Guap, and also details OPD leadership’s myriad attempts to make the scandal disappear.

Throughout the …

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Judge: Oakland must show plan for fixing PD

http://www.dailyprogress.com/judge-oakland-must-show-plan-for-fixing-police-department/article_dae7d61d-fc07-5cc4-9635-358dbec30852.htmlA federal judge has summoned lawyers for Oakland to court Monday July 10, 2017 to explain the city’s mishandling of a police sexual misconduct investigation that led to the chief’s resignation and implicated two dozen officers throughout the San …

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The Latest: Federal judge optimistic for Oakland police

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/the-latest-federal-judge-optimistic-for-oakland-police/2017/07/10/fc423e4c-65ce-11e7-94ab-5b1f0ff459df_story.htmlThe Latest on a summons of top Oakland, California, officials by a federal judge to discuss a report on a sexual misconduct investigation.

A federal judge who oversees the Oakland Police Department says …

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Attorneys in Oakland Police case ask judge to consider tough sanctions

http://www.ktvu.com/news/266247733-storyBurris and Chanin said, “The failure to properly investigate the sexual misconduct from September 2015 to March 2016 without court intervention raises troubling questions about whether the senior leadership of the city of Oakland and the Oakland Police …

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Oakland Police Sexual Exploitation Case at Center of Looming Legal Showdown

https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/07/06/oakland-police-sexual-exploitation-case-at-center-of-looming-legal-showdown/Lawyers involved in federal court oversight of the Oakland Police Department are calling for a detailed accounting of failures and disciplinary action taken against officers and supervisors tasked with investigating a police sexual exploitation case …

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Could Oakland be held in contempt for not reforming its police?

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Could-Oakland-be-held-in-contempt-for-not-11268726.phpThe notion was raised in a court brief ahead of a hearing Monday at which city attorneys will be called to account for blunders highlighted in a report last month that detailed the mishandling of a sexual misconduct case by senior members of the Police …

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Jail’s health care providers’ wrongful death lawsuits on the rise…AGAIN

Concerns Growing Over Inmates’ Medical Care; 25 Cases Flagged, Including Eight Deaths

http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-inmate-deaths-medical-care-20170615-story.htmlThe lawsuit said doctors and nurses never gave him a proper initial exam, “never addressed his signs and symptoms” and “failed to refer him immediately for medical care.”

The Manforte case is set for trial in …

After inmate Peter Fraioli died of …

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El Paso County jail health care provider blamed in 6 inmate deaths

http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-jail-health-care-provider-blamed-in-deaths-of-six-inmates/article/1603566Jeffrey Scott Lillis, 37, died of pneumonia and sepsis at the Arapaho County jail in December 2014.

In a lawsuit filed over his death two years later, attorneys argue both conditions are “easily treatable” with timely medical care; something they claim Lillis never received.

Correct Care …

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Critics: El Paso County “ping-pongs” from one troubled jail health care provider to another

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/03/el-paso-jail-health-care-provider/A Miami-based correctional health care provider found a fresh start in El Paso County, winning a jail contract potentially worth up to $40 million.

But that was just eight months after it was banned from jails and prisons in New York state following a string of inmate deaths …

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New documents filed in lawsuit against Tuscaloosa Co. Jail staff

http://www.wbrc.com/story/35785093/new-documents-filed-in-lawsuit-against-tuscaloosa-co-jail-staffA federal lawsuit claims the Tuscaloosa County Jail staff ignored an inmate’s ulcer, which allegedly led to his death.

The family for 49-year-old Phillip Anderson …

“And had he received care from an emergency room physician then he would still be …

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Jury Clears Doctor, Administrator of Liability in Inmate’s Death

http://www.dailyreportonline.com/id=1202791809461/Jury-Clears-Doctor-Administrator-of-Liability-in-Inmates-DeathGraham’s family sued more than a dozen defendants, including Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren, the Cobb County Health Department and several nurses employed at the infirmary in 2008.

Also sued were jail health care contractor Wellstar; Dr. Clarence …

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A doctor prescribed so many painkillers, she’s been charged with murdering her patients

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/06/24/a-doctor-prescribed-so-many-painkillers-shes-been-charged-with-murdering-her-patients-authorities-say/Nichols is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Bartels and four other patients, some of whom died just days after receiving large prescriptions from the doctor.

She was arrested Friday.

Jail officials didn’t know whether she had hired …

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Risperdal Lawsuits Hit 18,000 and Still Climbing

Risperdal Lawsuit Hits 18,000 and Climbing

https://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/risperdal/risperdal-lawsuit-side-effects-44-22384.htmlPhiladelphia, PA
The Risperdal lawsuit count now stands at a number above 18,000.

To that end a staggering number of cases name pharmaceutical giants Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals as defendants.

Most allege …

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Parties to Pennsylvania Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuits Set to Meet Next Month to Discuss Status of Mass Tort

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Thousands of Risperdal lawsuits involving the antipsychotic medication’s alleged potential to cause gynecomastia (male breast growth) continue to move forward in a mass tort litigation now underway in …

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Johnson & Johnson’s Action Spikes Risperdal Cases Filed in PA Court

https://www.usrecallnews.com/johnson-johnsons-action-spikes-risperdal-cases-filed-pa-court/Risperdal lawsuits are highly sensitive because the plaintiffs involved here are psychologically compromised young boys.

Risperdal (risperidone) is an antipsychotic medication that is believed to have caused mental and physical trauma and torture to …

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“Risperdal Boys” Photo Project Vividly Captures Pain of Gynecomastia

Thousands of Risperdal lawsuits have been filed in U.S. courts on behalf of men and boys who allegedly developed gynecomastia due to treatment with the antipsychotic drug.

Now a new photography project is vividly capturing the suffering endured by …

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Seeking Help Is Difficult for Bipolar Man with Risperdal “Man Boobs”

https://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/risperdal/interview-risperdal-lawsuit-side-effects-17-22360.htmlPlattsmouth, NE
Most of us don’t think twice to talk with our doctor if we think there is an issue—a side effect—associated with a prescribed medication.

But many people with mental illness don’t have the wherewithal to seek help.

Such was the case …

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Lawsuit Targets Missouri Over Psychotropic Drug Use Among Foster Care Children

A new lawsuit has been filed in Missouri on behalf of foster care children who were allegedly prescribed Risperdal and other psychotropic drugs inappropriately.

The child advocates behind the lawsuit want the state to implement systemic changes that …

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‘Chemical straight-jackets:’ Lawsuit claims Missouri foster kids prescribed too many meds

http://www.stlamerican.com/news/local_news/chemical-straight-jackets-lawsuit-claims-missouri-foster-kids-prescribed-too/article_e96a4c60-5043-11e7-9f62-87d1ef415c50.htmlThe five plaintiffs, identified by their initials, include two- and three-year-old sisters who were allegedly prescribed Risperdal, an antipsychotic not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for children under five.

Another plaintiff, aged 12 …

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Missouri Sued Over Psychotropic Drugs for Foster Care Kids

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/missouri/articles/2017-06-12/missouri-sued-over-psychotropic-drugs-for-foster-care-kidsJEFFERSON CITY, Mo.
Child advocates filed a federal lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Social Services on Monday over allegations of inappropriately providing psychotropic drugs to foster care children and systemic lack of oversight of …

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Janssen Pharmaceuticals granted nonsuit motion in latest Philadelphia Risperdal lawsuit

http://pennrecord.com/stories/511105848-janssen-pharmaceuticals-granted-nonsuit-motion-in-latest-philadelphia-risperdal-lawsuitPHILADELPHIA
The latest Risperdal lawsuit to go to trial here has been dismissed by a state court judge for a piece of photographic evidence allegedly lacking authentication, marking the fifth courtroom victory for the drug’s manufacturer, Janssen …

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J&J Faces 3000 More Risperdal Gynecomastia Lawsuits

https://www.drugwatch.com/2017/04/19/jj-faces-3000-risperdal-gynecomastia-lawsuits/An additional 3,000 plaintiffs filed Risperdal (risperidone) gynecomastia lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals in 2017, bringing the total to more than 5,500, Forbes reported.

According to reports from the Philadelphia Court …

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Multiple deadly car crashes kick off the long July 4 weekend

Woman killed in first of 2 deadly car crashes in San Pablo identified

http://kron4.com/2017/07/03/deadly-crash-on-i-80-in-richmond-all-westbound-lanes-closed/SAN PABLO
The person killed in one of two deadly crashes Monday morning in San Pablo has been identified as 25-year-old Lindche Tran of Richmond, according to Contra Costa Co. Coroner’s Office.

The accident happened around 4:04 a.m. on …

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Travelers Rest man killed in crash on Poinsett Hwy

http://wspa.com/2017/07/01/1-dead-after-crash-on-poinsett-hwy-in-greenville-co/The Greenville County Coroner’s Office says Larry Gene Banks, Junior, 50, died in the accident.

The coroner and South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers were called to 2109 Poinsett Highway at 4:53 p.m. Saturday.

Troopers say Banks was traveling west in …

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Tour bus driver dies, 4 injured in early-morning crash near Quartzsite

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-traffic/2017/07/03/deadly-bush-crash-near-quartzsite-slows-early-morning-traffic/447588001/Tour bus driver dies, 4 injured in early-morning crash near Quartzsite.

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Crash reported on Lundy Road west of Houston

http://www.houstonherald.com/news/crash-reported-on-lundy-road-west-of-houston/article_f5e99ec8-5f70-11e7-a26d-a7295a2c2060.htmlCharges of DWI, driving while suspended, careless and imprudent driving involving an accident, having no motorcycle license and improper motorcycle helmet.

It’s the first injury-related accident reported in the county since the long July 4 weekend …

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VSP investigating after woman dies in Dinwiddie crash

http://wric.com/2017/07/02/vsp-investigating-after-woman-dies-in-dinwiddie-crash/Virginia State Police are investigating after a fatal single-vehicle accident that happened Sunday afternoon on Route 460 in Dinwiddie County.

Police said that Tammy H. Luck, 49, of Petersburg died in the accident which happened around 4 p.m. …

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Infant still critical after Concord Highway 4 crash that killed two boys

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/07/02/suspect-in-deadly-concord-crash-that-killed-kids-didnt-have-active-drivers-license-chp-says/CONCORD
A 3-month-old boy continued to fight for life Sunday afternoon, two days after two other boys died in a horrific highway crash.

Authorities say the crash was caused by an Oakland man suspected of driving without an active California drivers’ license.

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How to stay safe this July 4

If an accident does occur, immediately go to the doctor or hospital.

If the accident involves an eye injury, do not touch, rub, or flush out the eye.

This could cause permanent damage. S

eek medical attention immediately.

If the accident involves a burn …

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Alleged drunk driver accused of killing pedestrian

The dark side of the 4th of July; sad to say, but as usual each July 4th, a certain segment of society is too stupid to not drive after drinking, and as usual, a bunch of innocent people end up paying the price for their stupidity.

Police release mug shot of alleged drunk driver accused of killing pedestrian

http://www.kvia.com/crime/police-release-mug-shot-of-alleged-drunk-driver-accused-of-killing-pedestrian/573369272El Paso, Texas
El Paso Police have arrested the driver who allegedly struck a pedestrian in West El Paso Saturday evening.

Police say 27-year-old Jose Jesus Mendez of Santa Teresa, N.M was speeding on the 7100 block of Westwind, when he ran a stop …

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City commissioner charged in drunken wreck that killed father and son

http://nypost.com/2017/07/03/city-commissioner-charged-in-drunken-wreck-that-killed-father-and-son/Haney, a commissioner-at-large for Texas City in Galveston County, was driving northbound on the highway in a truck when she drove off the road near a stranded motorist, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Haney struck two men standing …

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Law Enforcement push DWI crackdown over holiday weekend

http://www.click2houston.com/news/law-enforcement-push-dwi-crackdown-over-holiday-weekendSince Krista’s death, Rodriguez has started Krysta’s Karing Angels, an organization that works to decrease drunk driving, by sharing personal stories and educating others.

“There’s absolutely zero reason anybody should get behind the wheel when they’re …

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Girl, 16, dies in hit and run after 21-minute wait for an ambulance

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4658602/Girl-16-killed-riends-injured-hit-run.htmlPolice said the incident is not thought to be deliberate or terror-related as the driver, who had made off on foot, was believed to have been travelling at speed when he lost control on the road.

A man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of causing …

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Suspected drunken driver causes Washtenaw crash that kills man, 19

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/07/03/19-year-old-killed-crash-suspected-drunk-driver-sheriffs-officials-say/447194001/A 19-year-old man was killed Sunday afternoon in a car crash caused by a motorist who Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office officials believe was driving drunk.

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Kids recall their dead friends in drunk driving campaign

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/06/30/kids-recall-their-dead-friends-in-drunk-driving-campaignFifth grader Carmine Lomangino remembered the last words his friend Daniel Neville-Lake said to him before the nine-year-old, his two younger siblings and their grandfather were killed by a drunk driver.

“He said, ‘See you later alligator,’ and I never …

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Woman receives up to 50 years in death of FedEx driver

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/264894518-storyA woman who caused a deadly crash involving a Fed Ex driver will spend up to 50 years behind bars.

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Illegal Alien Drunk Driver Accused of Killing Two-Year-Old Boy

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/06/30/illegal-alien-drunk-driver-accused-killing-two-year-old-boy/President Trump has been proven right…AGAIN!

An illegal alien has been arrested by Texas authorities after allegedly killing a two-year-old boy while he was drunk driving.

Ruben Hernandez, a 29-year-old illegal alien from Mexico, is accused of driving drunk and hitting a family of four in their …

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Elderly Couple Celebrating 64-Year Anniversary Identified in Suspected DUI Crash in Valley Center

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/1-Killed-in-2-Car-Crash-in-Valley-Center-CHP-431156363.htmlA Valley Center couple celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary were killed just miles from their home by a suspected DUI driver.

Bobby, 83, and Alleta Jo Durant, 81, were killed when a suspected drunk driver crossed into their lane and slammed into …

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