Monthly Archives: June 2011

Near Drowning Incident Reported in Daytona Beach, Florida at Hotel

A near drowning incident was recently reported in Daytona Beach, Florida. The victim, a male in his early twenties is reportedly in critical condition after almost drowning in a Florida swimming pool. The victim’s name as not been released, however he is believed to have been visiting from out of town, said Lt. Larry R. Stoney of Daytona Beach Fire. Rescue crews arrived at the 1000 block of S. Atlantic Avenue where they found victim on the pool deck. According to Stoney, the victim, who did not know how to swim, was sitting on the edge of the pool when … Continue reading

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St. Augustine Florida Woman (Robin Challberg) Dies in Clay County Auto Accident

A St. Augustine, Florida, woman recently died in a car crash in Clay County, Florida. According to troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol, Robin Challberg, 57, was traveling eastbound on County Road 220 in her 2002 Volkswagon when she came into contact with a Toyota Camry. The driver of the Toyota was identified as Thankvan Vo of Orange Park. Troopers say Vo failed to stop at a red light and struck the Volkswagon on the left side. Challberg was taken to Shands Hospital, she was later pronounced dead. The report by the FHP revealed that charges are pending further investigation. … Continue reading

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Benjamin York Suffers Injuries After Being Dragged by a Vehicle at Party in Tampa, Florida

A Tampa man was recently hospitalized after he was dragged for several hundreds of feet by a car while he attempted to break up a fight. The victim, 47-year-old Benjamin York, was dragged approximately 420 feet under a vehicle driven by a man York attempted to cool down. While attempting to break up a fight at a party, police say York fell to the pavement, became caught under the car and was dragged hundreds of feet. York was reported in stable condition at Tampa General Hospital. The suspect got into a fight with several people who were also attending the … Continue reading

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Dangers of Distracted Driving – SIx Injured in Beachline Expressway Automobile Accident

Once again, the use of a cellular phone / distracted driving caused a horrendous crash, inflicting injuries onto six victims. The crash occurred on Beachline Expressway in Florida after the driver of a Nissan pickup truck looked down to answer his ringing cell phone and lost control of his vehicle. It was reported that the driver of the truck, 30-year-old Adam Hull, was traveling westbound in the outside lane of Beachline Expressway near marker 41. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Hull moved his gaze down to answer his ringing cell phone causing him to lose control of his pickup. … Continue reading

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Dog Bite Attack – Putnam County Florida Victim Dies as a Result of Dog Bite / Attack Personal Injuries

An estimated five million people per year are injured by a dog bite or attack. According to a recently released list of dog bite claims filed with an insurance company this past year, Florida reported 146 dog bite injuries in 2010. In reality, the number of dog bites is much larger because this statistic only includes incidents reported to one insurer. Injuries resulting from a dog attack can range from minor bites to permanent disability or serious disfigurement. In Putnam County, a man who was attacked by two pit bulls sadly died after being taken off life support. Roy McSweeney, … Continue reading

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Dangers to Pedestrians in Metropolitan Areas – Orlando and Other Florida Cities

From 2000 through 2009, federal highway records show that 47,501 pedestrians have died on the nation’s roads. In addition, Orlando, Florida has consistently ranked among the deadliest cities in the nation for pedestrians and bicyclists. 67-year-old Jack Courture was struck by an SUV when he attempted to cross Colonial Drive at Maguire Boulevard by Orlando Fashion Square. He sadly died two days later. Mighk Wilson, a smart-growth planner at MetroPlan (a regional agency that sets transportation policy) said that Couture may not have seen the SUV, or he may have underestimated its speed. Mighk added that it is a very … Continue reading

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Dangers of Riding in Back of Pick Up Truck – Florida Law – Accident on I-95 near Palm Bay, Florida

Every year in North Florida, adults and children are involved in crashes while riding in the back of a truck bed. Most commonly these accidents occur in residential areas or school zones but they can occur on highways. Six children and a man were involved in an accident while riding in the back of a pickup truck on I-95 near Palm Bay, Florida. According to officials, the crash occurred south of Grant Road at Mile Marker 167. Lieutenant Jeff Taylor of Brevard County Fire-Rescue said that the truck had some sort of camper on it. The truck was driven by … Continue reading

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Bicyclist (Gregory Gancarz) Dies in in Accident in Largo Florida

According to statistics, Florida leads the nation in bicycling and pedestrian fatalities. In Largo, Florida, at least the 20th bicyclist was killed within the past year or so while riding on local roads. A report earlier this year about cyclist-vs.-car accidents in Hillsborough County revealed that the blame was split evenly for accidents between 2005 and 2009. Gregory Gancarz, 55-years-old, was struck and killed by a van on Starkey Road. The police said that the accident occurred in the northbound curb lane in the 1200 block of Starkey Road., and the area of the crash had no streetlights. Investigators also … Continue reading

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Two Drownings Reported in Lake Weir (Ocala, Florida)

Two people recently drowned in Lake Weir in Ocala, Florida. According to authorities, two family members were celebrating the life of a family member who was killed in an underwater miming accident when the drowning occurred. A woman and her child were swimming in the lake when the woman began having trouble, said the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The woman’s brother-in-law jumped in to help and was able to help get the child back to the boat safety. Unfortunately, when he went back to get the woman, they were not able to make it back to the boat safely. The … Continue reading

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Sometimes Dessert Can Be Dangerous – Four Injured at Florida Restaurant – Dessert Caught Fire

Eating out is typically an enjoyable time spent with friends or family. However, a dining experience in a Palm Harbor, Florida, restaurant was not so enjoyable for four diners who were burned by bananas foster. In fact, one woman sustained severe personal injuries. According to officials with Palm Harbor Fire Rescue, the 151 alcohol that is poured into the dessert ignited during a Saturday night outing and onto four customers. One victim was a 25-year-old woman who was taken to a nearby hospital after she sustained first- and second-degree burns. Another victim, a 56-year-old woman was also transported to a … Continue reading

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