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9/28/2011
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8/12/2011
Christopher Keane
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Ryan White, Philadelphia, and hit-and-run suspect Andrew Vargas| San Francisco Child Injury Lawyer

Ryan White, visiting San Francisco from Philadelphia with family, was critically injured by an alleged hit and run driver.

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10/21/2009
Christopher Keane
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In California, Ronald Simon is held in connection with the death of five-year-old, Alyssa Hendricks. He was allegedly driving under the influence when he caused the collision that killed her. Mr. Simon is held in the Morongo Basin Jail in Joshua Tree. He is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence causing injury with an allegation of great bodily harm. He is also charged with leaving the scene of an accident. He was on probation for a misdemeanor DUI offense that happened earlier this year.  

According to news stories, Judge David Mazurak said Simon was a danger to the community, entered a plea of not guilty for the defendant and appointed him a public defender. Mr. Simon’s bail is set at one million dollars.  

Alyssa was a restrained passenger in the rear passenger location of her family car when Simons plowed in to it. Alyssa and her family were on their way to the store to buy ice cream when the tragedy happened. Her father Cameron Hendricks was also severely injured.   

Immediately after the accident, Alyssa was transported to Hi-Desert Medical Center and then life-flight transferred to Riverside County Regional Medical Center where she passed away.   Cameron Hendricks was the driver and he remains hospitalized at Desert Regional Medical Center.  

The Keane Law Firm seeks to raise public awareness about children and car accidents, child abuse prevention and the rights of children that have been catastrophically injured. Please call the office or visit our website for a consultation.  

http://www.keanelaw.com/
Phone# 415-398-2777
Address: Keane Law Firm, 1388 Haight Street, No. 244, San Francisco, CA  94117  
Email: [email protected]

Attorney Christopher Keane has devoted his Bay Area practice to representing children whose lives have been irrevocably altered by abuse, neglect, injury, or death. He is a member of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (SFCAPC), and is currently serving as the President on their Board of Directors. The prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers has awarded Christopher Keane a top rating and, reflecting his dedication to professional excellence. In addition, Mr. Keane is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum Top Trial Lawyers in America, listed in the top 500 Plaintiff's attorneys in America by Lawdragon.com and as a principal member of Keane Law has acted as lead plaintiff’s lawyer on a number of successful multi-million dollar cases.

 

 

 

 



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9/24/2009
Christopher Keane
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In Colorado, an unrestrained infant passenger was critically injured in the roll-over motor vehicle accident involving Jessica Martinez and Daniel Medina. The tragedy occurred around noon on Monday, September 21, 2009 on Rio Grande County Road 13. When police and emergency personnel arrived they found Jessica and the baby had been ejected and seriously injured during the roll-over accident. Allegedly, there was no child restraint system in use.  The infant remains hospitalized at Rio Grande Hospital.  

The Keane Law Firm seeks to raise public awareness about child abuse, child abuse prevention, child safety  and the rights of children that have been catastrophically injured. Please call the office or visit our website for a consultation.  

http://www.keanelaw.com/
Phone# 415-398-2777
Address: Keane Law Firm, 1388 Haight Street, No. 244, San Francisco, CA  94117 
Email: [email protected]

Attorney Christopher Keane has devoted his Bay Area practice to representing children whose lives have been irrevocably altered by abuse, neglect, injury, or death. He is a member of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (SFCAPC), and is currently serving as the President on their Board of Directors. The prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers has awarded Christopher Keane a top rating and, reflecting his dedication to professional excellence. In addition, Mr. Keane is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum Top Trial Lawyers in America, listed in the top 500 Plaintiff's attorneys in America by Lawdragon.com and as a principal member of Keane Law has acted as lead plaintiff’s lawyer on a number of successful multi-million dollar cases.

 

 

 



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8/17/2009
Christopher Keane
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In California, Bambi Hess faces charges in connection with allegations of driving under the influence and child endangerment. News stories report of Ms. Hess’s alleged involvement in a car crash involving a vehicle versus tree mishap on Friday evening. Witnesses report they saw Ms. Hess’s car traveling at an accelerated rate of speed before it came to rest at a tree on Honey Run Road. Tragically, two small children, a 4 year-old boy and a 3 year-old girl, were passengers in the car at the time of impact. The children are currently in the custody of the Butte County Children’s Services. Reportedly, Ms. Hess is receiving medical care and is expected to be re-arrested upon discharge from Enloe Medical Center. California Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.

 

The Keane Law Firm seeks to raise public awareness about child abuse, child abuse prevention and the rights of children that have been catastrophically injured by drunk drivers. Please call the office or visit our website for a consultation.  

http://www.keanelaw.com/
Phone# 415-398-2777
Address: Keane Law Firm, 1388 Haight Street, No. 244, San Francisco, CA  94117  
Email: [email protected]

Attorney Christopher Keane has devoted his Bay Area practice to representing children whose lives have been irrevocably altered by abuse, neglect, injury, or death. He is a member of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (SFCAPC), and is currently serving as the President on their Board of Directors. The prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers has awarded Christopher Keane a top rating and, reflecting his dedication to professional excellence. In addition, Mr. Keane is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum Top Trial Lawyers in America, listed in the top 500 Plaintiff's attorneys in America by Lawdragon.com and as a principal member of Keane Law has acted as lead plaintiff’s lawyer on a number of successful multi-million dollar cases.

        

 

 



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8/6/2009
Christopher Keane
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In New York, Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office released toxicology report findings that support alcohol and marijuana use may have been involved in the deadly car accident that killed Diane Schuler, the children and the passengers in the other vehicle on July 26th. Mrs. Schuler’s family claims she did not have a drinking and substance abuse problem. Her husband, Daniel Schuler, reports he has never seen his wife intoxicated. The investigation is still underway. What originally started out as a 140-mile trip home from a camping trip for Mrs. Schuler and the kids somehow ended in a fiery car crash approximately four hours later.  

The Keane Law Firm seeks to raise public awareness about the rights of children that have been catastrophically injured in automobile accidents. Please call the office or visit our website for a consultation.    

http://www.keanelaw.com/
Phone# 415-398-2777
Address: Keane Law Firm, 1388 Haight Street, No. 244, San Francisco, CA  94117 
Email: [email protected]

Attorney Christopher Keane has devoted his Bay Area practice to representing children whose lives have been irrevocably altered by abuse, neglect, injury, or death. He is a member of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (SFCAPC), and is currently serving as the President on their Board of Directors. The prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers has awarded Christopher Keane a top rating and, reflecting his dedication to professional excellence. In addition, Mr. Keane is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum Top Trial Lawyers in America, listed in the top 500 Plaintiff's attorneys in America by Lawdragon.com and as a principal member of Keane Law has acted as lead plaintiff’s lawyer on a number of successful multi-million dollar cases.

 



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6/2/2009
Christopher Keane
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A 2-year-old boy and four other children were sent to the hospital with injuries after a car crashed into a day care center in California.  To access our recent news article on the car accident/ day care accident, click here.

If your child has been injured in a car accident and you have questions regarding your legal rights, what typically happens following a car accident, and how your child can receive the proper medical care, feel free to order Chris Keane's book, Little Kids in Big Car Accident Cases, and the Keane Law Firm will gladly send you a copy for free. 

For other free resources, helpful information, and answers to your important questions, contact the Keane Law Firm via the web or call 1-888-592-KIDS



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2/2/2009
Christopher Keane
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In Georgia, Kecia Whitfield, 43 year-old, is charged with providing alcohol to a minor and reckless conduct. Cobb County police are investigating the matter after several teens were involved in a car accident that resulted in the death of Garrett Reed. The driver of the other car sustained a broken leg.  

Garrett attended Harrison High School and was on the football team.  

The Keane Law Firm represents children and families that have suffered the loss of a child due to someone’s negligence. Please contact the Keane Law firm for a consultation if you lost a child or your child has been catastrophically injured. 

http://www.keanelaw.com/
Phone# 415-398-2777
Address: Keane Law Firm, 530 Jackson Street, Second Floor, San Francisco, CA 94133
Email: [email protected]

Attorney Christopher Keane has devoted his Bay Area practice to representing children whose lives have been irrevocably altered by abuse, neglect, injury, or death. He is a member of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (SFCAPC), and is currently serving as the co-Vice President on their Board of Directors. The prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers has awarded Christopher Keane a top rating and, reflecting his dedication to professional excellence. In addition, Mr. Keane is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum Top Trial Lawyers in America, listed in the top 500 Plaintiff's attorneys in America by Lawdragon.com and as a principal member of Keane Law has acted as lead plaintiff’s lawyer on a number of successful multi-million dollar cases.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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11/17/2008
Christopher Keane
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The community of San Jose is in mourning. The family of two year-old Alexander Moran Cabrera are grieving his tragic and untimely death. Jose Luis Corona, Alexander’s stepfather, was leaving the apartment in the morning, like any other day, when tragedy, that will forever change his life, struck. News reports say that Mr. Corona was backing out of his parking spot unaware that young Alexander had opened the apartment door and was following behind when he wondered into the path of the moving pick-up truck. The accident occurred as Alexander’s mother was searching for him. Alexander was declared dead at the scene.

Back-over accidents are defined as an accident that occurs when a vehicle strikes or runs over a child while in reverse motion. Statistically, the majority of victims are male. The younger the child, the more likely the child is to sustain injury to the head, face and neck. Death may also occur, as happened in this sad tragedy. The degree of internal injury and fracture statistically decreases with the increased age of the victim. Children that are pedestrians are at six time’s greater risk of being a victim in back-over accidents than children riding tricycles or bicycles. The majority of back-over accidents generally occur at home in a driveway. The locations with second highest risk for back-over accidents are parking lots. The CDC reports that fifty percent of child fatalities related to back-over accidents occurred at home in the driveway.

We, the staff of The Keane Law Firm, join the San Jose community in offering the family of Alexander Moran Cabrera condolences as they grieve their tragic loss.     



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11/17/2008
Christopher Keane
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Witnesses say the two vehicles collided at the French and Shoemaker intersection. After the vehicle carrying the infant ran a red light the car heading east on Shoemaker collided with it. The impact sent the vehicle carrying the infant into a utility pole. The baby was ejected from the car allegedly because the infant car seat was not properly restrained. The car accident left the infant dead, the driver in critical condition and the passenger in serious condition.  

Unrestrained passengers are four times more likely to die during a car crash. For infants, a nearly 70% reduction in fatality may be achieved with the proper use of restraints. There are several types of car restraint systems that can be used. Depending on the maturity of your child, you may choose from the following seating systems: Infant-only rear-facing seats, convertible-combination seats, forward-facing seats, booster seats, seat belts and travel vests. Vehicles made after the year 2002 have a LATCH system to secure child seating systems. LATCH is an acronym for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. This is a system that can secure the safety seat without using the seat belts. However, depending on the make of the automobile and safety seat, your child safety seat may still require the use of your safety belts. Please follow the manufacturer’s instruction for correct installation of a safety seat. The majority of collisions at intersections occur within the first six seconds of the traffic light change.  



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11/17/2008
Christopher Keane
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On June 22, witnesses to the accident report that a speeding black Pontiac ran a red light and struck the minivan carrying the five family members around 11:00 a.m. The van was struck so hard it was violently pushed into a truck that was stopped at the light. The accident involved multiple vehicles. 

Inside the van were Geoff, Christy and Rebecca Hart with their two foster children, all of which were mortally wounded. The names of the foster children have not been released to news agencies. The driver of the Pontiac is in critical condition.  

Members of the Custer Road United Methodist Church are devastated by this tragedy. EMS responders say it is one of the worst accidents they have responded to.   

Do not run red lights and be cautious through yellow lights. To prevent serious accidents, pay attention at intersections, you may assume that someone will run a red light at any time. Be very cautious at intersections. Eighty percent of injurious or fatal accidents on the road occur at intersections. And the risk of an accident is greatest within four seconds of a light change. If you are at a stop light, confirm that drivers appear to be braking for their red light before you accelerate into the intersection.  

We rely on our automobiles for transporting our children to their sports and scouting activities, doctor appointments and schools. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 2 – 14 years of age is motor vehicle accidents (http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810803.PDF). Motor vehicle accidents are also the leading cause of acquired disability in children. Children make up approximately 5% of the accident fatalities. Approximately 6 children are killed and 700 children are injured every day in car crashes. Nearly 21% of children that are killed in car accidents die from drivers that are operating vehicles while over the legal blood alcohol level. And nearly half the deceased children that are killed by drunk drivers were intoxicated passengers at the time of the accidents (http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/childpas.htm & http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5304a2.htm & http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/2002chdfacts.pdf

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11/17/2008
Christopher Keane
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News stories report that Pamela Palmer was seeking to be reunited with her two daughters after they had been placed in foster care with the Hart family in March. Ms. Palmer says the Hart family had been very kind to her daughters.  

Plano police are currently investigating the matter to determine whether charges will be filed against David Calhoun Jones of Louisiana. New stories report that Mr. Jones was driving at a high speed while running a red light at the Legacy Drive and Custer Road intersection. Allegedly his rental vehicle struck a fire hydrant before hitting the Hart’s minivan.  

According to the CDC, injury deaths related to motor vehicles are the leading cause of death in children between the ages of one and nine years old. Alcohol is a factor in approximately 23% of the cases. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 2 – 14 years of age is motor vehicle accidents (http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810803.PDF). Children make up approximately 5% of the accident fatalities. Approximately 6 children are killed and 700 children are injured every day in car crashes.  

Accidents are more likely to occur close to home because drivers are familiar with their environments and feel comfortable enough to allow distractions while driving, such as talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, looking in the mirror or looking through a purse rather than paying attention to traffic. Don’t let your mind get distracted. While driving, anticipate how other drivers may make mistakes and give your self the room to avoid a collision when they do make those errors. You never know what frame of mind the other driver is in while you are sharing the road. Be very cautious at intersections. Eighty percent of injurious or fatal accidents on the road occur at intersections. And the risk of an accident is greatest within four seconds of a light change. If you are at a stop light, confirm that drivers appear to be braking for their red light before you accelerate into the intersection.



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11/17/2008
Christopher Keane
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In Madison Township, Ohio, a five year-old child is dead after being backed over by the truck his grandfather, Brian R. Miller, was driving. The family was in the yard doing yard work at the time of this tragic accident. The accident occurred on the 3400 block of Poplar Street. EMS was called to the scene around 7:30 p.m. The five year-old was flown to Children’s Hospital. Despite advanced life support measures, the child passed away.   

Back-over injuries refer to injuries sustained by a child when a vehicle strikes or runs over a child while in reverse motion. A majority of victims are male. The younger the child, the more likely the child is to sustain injury to the head, face and neck. The older the child, the more likely the child is to sustain injury to the legs. The degree of severity level in internal injury and fracture statistically decreases with the increased age of the victim. Children that are pedestrians are at six time’s greater risk of being a victim in back-over accidents than children riding tricycles or bicycles. The majority of back-over accidents generally occur at home in a driveway. The locations with second highest risk for back-over accidents are parking lots. The CDC reports that fifty percent of child fatalities related to back-over accidents occurred at home in the driveway.



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11/17/2008
Christopher Keane
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Around 2:40 a.m. a deadly car crash occurred on Interstate 5 at Hood-Franklin Road near Elk Grove, as a wrong way driver caused a head-on collision. The wrong way driver was driving a BMW. An off-duty police officer witnessed the driver heading the wrong way and tried to flag him down. Shortly afterwards the BMW collided with a Toyota Camry. The cars broke out in flames. Cosumnes Fire Department arrived and put out the fire. The victims were extricated from the vehicles. The names of the survivors have not been released yet.  

Head-on collisions are not as likely to happen as other types of accidents. If someone is heading right towards you, veer off to your right. Because the other driver might try to correct back into his lane as he is approaching you. In this situation, you may get hit because you went to your left instead of your right. Also, if you veer to the right and hit something on the far right-side of the road, along the side of your vehicle, it is less likely to cause severe injury or death than a head-on collision. So if your choices are to continue head-on, versus hit something on the right side of the road, veer to the right. Hitting an immobile object on the side of the road at 45 mph will have less impact then getting into a head-on collision. If both drivers are traveling at 45 mph towards each other, the impact will be 90 mph. And if the vehicle coming towards you is a semi-truck, the sheer weight of the truck will make your survival practically impossible. Hit a sign along the side of the road, you will be more likely to survive. 

Experts recommend that children should not ride in the front seat until the age of 12. Airbags are hazardous for children under 12 years of age. Because they inflate in head-on collisions with rapid, high amounts of pressure which can deliver a significant blow to the head and face of a child, resulting in more injury. If your older child is sitting in the front seat, position the front passenger seat in the farthest position away from the dash board. An airbag can strike a child hard enough to cause brain or neck injury- even death. Some airbag systems can be turned off easily and should be off while a child is in the front seat.    



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11/17/2008
Christopher Keane
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In San Diego, there was a tragic accident on Otay Mesa Road, west of Highway 125. Two women were killed and five passengers were injured, including three children, ages 2, 6 and 11. San Diego Police Sgt. Raphael Cimmarrusti says the children were airlifted from the collision scene and the other two adults were transported by ambulance. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.   

According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 2 – 14 years of age is motor vehicle accidents (http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810803.PDF). Motor vehicle accidents are also the leading cause of acquired disability in children. Children make up approximately 5% of the accident fatalities. Approximately 6 children are killed and 700 children are injured every day in car crashes. Nearly 21% of children that are killed in car accidents die from drivers that are operating vehicles while over the legal blood alcohol level. And nearly half the deceased children that are killed by drunk drivers were intoxicated passengers at the time of the accidents (http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/childpas.htm & http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5304a2.htm & http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/2002chdfacts.pdf 

Studies support that unrestrained child passengers sustain more serious injury then restrained child passengers. Unrestrained child passengers tend to sustain injury to the head, neck, face, chest and extremities with complex injury patterns. Improperly restrained child passengers, especially the 4 – 9 year old group, tend to sustain abdominal and extremity injuries, including ruptured stomach, lacerated or ruptured spleen and ruptured or contusion of the bowels (American Journal of Public Health, “Morbidity among Pediatric Motor Vehicle Crash Victims: The Effectiveness of Seat Belts; Osberg, J.S. & Di Scala, C., Volume 82, No. 3, March 1992).

 



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11/17/2008
Christopher Keane
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In Branch County, MI, on September 27, 2008 around 12:14 a.m. Saturday a fatal car accident occurred, leaving one man dead and a child seriously injured. It happened on Clarendon Road near Herrickville Road. When police arrived two vehicles were in a ditch. One vehicle was burning with the driver trapped inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A child passenger was airlifted to a major medical center. The driver of the second car did not sustain injuries from the crash but was burned trying to rescue the other driver. Police report that alcohol is a factor in this fatal crash and the names of the victims have not been released.  

According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 2 – 14 years of age is motor vehicle accidents (http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810803.PDF). Motor vehicle accidents are also the leading cause of acquired disability in children. Children make up approximately 5% of the accident fatalities. Approximately 6 children are killed and 700 children are injured every day in car crashes. Nearly 21% of children that are killed in car accidents die from drivers that are operating vehicles while over the legal blood alcohol level. And nearly half the deceased children that are killed by drunk drivers were intoxicated passengers at the time of the accidents (http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/childpas.htm & http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5304a2.htm & http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/2002chdfacts.pdf).  



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11/17/2008
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Sadly, Kellan McCarty died from the injuries he sustained while being improperly restrained in a child safety seat in the backseat of a sports utility vehicle. He was taken by life-flight from the accident scene to Memorial Health University Medical Center. He was pronounced dead on the evening of Wednesday, October 8, 2008. The driver, Jade Nicole Lee was uninjured from the accident. She was driving a 2006 Chevy sport utility vehicle at 7:44 a.m., when her vehicle veered from the lane she was in. The investigation reveals she over-corrected and ran off the other side of the road into a ditch and hit a tree.  

Children and infants may suffer head injuries from impacts as low as 4 mph if unrestrained, depending on what type of surface the passenger’s head hits.



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11/17/2008
Christopher Keane
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In New Jersey, a high-speed police chase of a stolen car ended with the death of a 10-year-old girl and her critically injured 14-year-old brother. The driver of the stolen car, Harold Saenz, is a 22 year-old male that is being charged with first-degree murder, second-degree aggravated assault and third-degree theft and third-degree burglary.  

Witnesses say the children riding in the back seat of the silver Honda Accord did not have a chance when the stolen Mercedes slammed into the back of them. The Honda Accord was ripped apart and the children were ejected from the Accord.  

According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 2 – 14 years of age is motor vehicle accidents (http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810803.PDF). Motor vehicle accidents are also the leading cause of acquired disability in children. Children make up approximately 5% of the accident fatalities. Approximately 6 children are killed and 700 children are injured every day in car crashes. Nearly 21% of children that are killed in car accidents die from drivers that are operating vehicles while over the legal blood alcohol level.



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11/17/2008
Christopher Keane
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Hamilton County Grand Jury indicted Trevor Guthrie for the death of Ley Meridith Birmingham. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Division investigation reveals that Ley Birmingham and Jonathon Crowe had been visiting with Trevor Guthrie at his home where allegedly alcohol was provided to the two minors. After visiting with Guthrie, Birmingham and Crowe left to go to a local store. The accident occurred after leaving the store. Alcohol and high-speed driving are thought to be contributing factors in the accident.  

In older children, many deaths were associated with alcohol abuse. Kliegman reports that two thirds of child passengers in motor vehicles, over the age of 14, that die are generally associated with a drunk driver.



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11/17/2008
Christopher Keane
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In Illinois, Mark Ikerman, 43 year-old, was driving a tow truck in Granite City early Friday when witnesses saw him ram into the rear-end of a parked SUV. The driver of the SUV, Donald Legens, was killed and his infant was injured. Witnesses saw Mr. Ikerman flee the scene. One witness followed him to his house and notified authorities of his whereabouts. He was subsequently arrested.  

For infants, almost 20% of deaths are caused by car accidents. Alcohol is a factor in approximately 23% of the cases.  

 



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11/17/2008
Christopher Keane
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In Wabash County, Austin Sams, 18-years-old, was killed when a vehicle he was driving was hit by a train. The accident occurred after 3:00 pm as he turned north on CR 700 and then tried to cross railroad tracks. He was hit on the passenger side door by the train. His car caught on fire. Rescuers found his body in the car after the fire was extinguished. The train took a mile and a half to stop after the accident. This is not unusual. Trains require at least a mile to stop. The investigation is ongoing.  

One blogger said there is poor visibility at this site. Wabash County should evaluate this location for safety hazards.         



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11/17/2008
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In Iowa, Donald Legens, Jr., a nine-month-old infant, died today from injuries he sustained when a tow truck hit the vehicle he was in as his dad was filling it with gas. Donald Legens had run out of gas and pulled his SUV to the side of the road. He took his infant son with him to pick up gas and walked back to the truck. When he returned to his truck he placed his son inside the vehicle in his car seat. He was filling his truck with gas when a tow truck hit the vehicle. Witnesses report that the tow truck, allegedly driven by Mark Ikerman, did not stop at the scene of the accident.  

Mark Ikerman, 43 years-old, remains in jail. If convicted Mr. Ikerman faces a possible prison sentence of up to 28 years.  

Children make up 5% of accident fatalities. Nearly 21% of children that are killed in car accidents die from drivers that are operating vehicles while over the legal blood alcohol level.



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11/17/2008
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In Florida, Jessica Mancuso, was arrested after crashing her truck while allegedly under the influence of alcohol with her four-year-old child in the vehicle. Witnesses report that after Ms. Mancuso crashed her truck into a wall next to the entrance gate of her community and then as she stumbled to get out of the vehicle allegedly she dropped her child. Police arrived to the scene as Ms. Mancuso was walking up her driveway. According the new stories her keys were still in the ignition and the vehicle was still running. When questioned by police, Ms. Mancuso admitted that she had too much to drink and drove home. 

Alcohol is a factor in approximately 23% of the cases where children are involved in motor vehicle accidents. Often the children are passengers in vehicles being operated by drunk drivers.  

 



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11/17/2008
Christopher Keane
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On Sunset Avenue, Jahmre Robinson’s mother and grandmother were in the Walmart parking lot putting their groceries in the car when the tragic accident unfolded. News stories report that Jahmre wandered from his mother and grandmother and was tragically backed over by a car in the parking lot. He was taken emergently to Sampson Regional Medical Center were he died shortly afterwards. The accident is still under investigation. Jahmre was three years-old at the time of his death.  

Back-over accidents occur most commonly in the driveway of the victim’s home. The second most common place for back-over accidents is commercial parking lots.   



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11/17/2008
Christopher Keane
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In Oklahoma, Molli R. Allison was a passenger in Aaron T. Allision’s vehicle. They were driving together early Friday morning when they became involved in a serious car accident. Molli had to be extricated from the car by firefighters. She had serious head and internal injuries. Emergency personnel transferred her to Pauls Valley General Hospital where she died from her injuries. Aaron Allision was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital. Lester Mahoney, the driver of the other vehicle, was admitted to Norman Regional Hospital that day.  

According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 2 – 14 years of age is motor vehicle accidents (http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810803.PDF). Motor vehicle accidents are also the leading cause of acquired disability in children. Children make up approximately 5% of the accident fatalities. Approximately 6 children are killed and 700 children are injured every day in car crashes. Children living in rural counties are more likely to die in auto injuries than children living in urban areas. Details outlining what happened in this case have not been provided, but in general inexperienced teens driving at excessive speed as unrestrained drivers and passengers on single-lane roads are at the greatest risk for death or serious injury.  A majority of car crashes occur within approximately 25 miles from home.



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