Monthly Archives: June 2011

Boat Operator Involved in Black Creek Boating Accident Cited with Reckless Operation

The boat operator involved in the President’s Day accident that killed two Middelburg teens, including his own, was cited for reckless operation. Ted Hanner, 49, was driving the 1985 Baja bass boat on Black Creek near the Knight’s Boat Ramp and Marina facility when the accident took place. According to a spokeswoman from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Hanner left the controls to pump the fuel bulb because the boat was running “kind of ragged,” and he was trying to get more fuel to the motor. The boat veered off and crashed into a tree three feet off … Continue reading

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Court Rules in House Party Mother Case – Risks and Criminal Prosecution Involved with House Parties and Underage Consumption of Alcohol

The Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach upheld the trial court’s conviction of Diane Katz Santarelli. The trial court charged Santarelli with a misdemeanor of allowing an open house party and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The charges were based on allegations that at some point during the open house party Jesse Calvin Pitts, a minor, drove from Santarelli’s residence in a vehicle with Taylor Rea Brennan (also a minor) as his passenger. Pitts and Brennan subsequently died in a car crash on State Road 13 after leaving the party. Santarelli’s attorney, Gerald S. Bettman said … Continue reading

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Pedestrian Death Reported in Escambia County, Florida

Although overall traffic deaths appear to be on the decline, the number of pedestrian traffic deaths seems to be on the rise, according to data provided by the Governors Highway Safety Association. In Escambia County, Dustin Blake McFadden Smith was tragically struck and killed by two semi-trucks. The accident occurred on Highway 29 in Bluff Springs. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Smith 21 was standing in the outside southbound lane of Highway 29 near Byrneville Road when he was first hit by a semi truck drive by Russell A. Joseph, of Repton, Alabama. Smith was then struck again … Continue reading

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Pedestrian – Motorcycle Accident in St. Cloud Florida Ends Life of Off Duty Osceola Deputy Sheriff Sergeant (Michael Setvin)

After 16 years with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Sergeant Mike Setvin’s career came to a tragic end after a pedestrian- motorcycle accident. The accident occurred on U.S. Highway 192 in St. Cloud, Florida. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Setvin 44 was struck by a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he was walking across U.S. highway 192 from north to south near Simmons Road. He was not on duty. Sergeant Setvin was pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff Bob Hansell said in a prepared statement, “This is a tremendous loss to our agency and to the community. Sgt. Setvin … Continue reading

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Jacksonville (Northside) Automobile Accident Results in Death of Passenger (Ulanda Peterson)

According to statistics, automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of three and 34 in the United States. In the Northside of Jacksonville, a woman was tragically killed in a car crash. According to the police, Ulanda Peterson was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling northbound on Lem Turner Road. The police said that the driver of the vehicle lost control and struck a concrete utility pole near the intersection at Broward Road. The driver was propelled out of the vehicle and sustained serious injuries. The car caught on fire after the … Continue reading

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ATV Accident and Florida Laws Should Encourage Parents to Rethink ATV Safety and Purchases

Florida families are left concerned after the recent death a 12-year-old boy of Putnam County, Florida; the boy was killed in an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) accident. For example, Victoria Hobbs and her husband purchased 2 ATVs to provide their family with what they thought would be hours of fun. Now, after seeing the dangers of ATVs, the family is left disappointed and a little frustrated. Hobbs said they purchased 2 ATVS, a smaller sized ATV for her 12-year-old daughter and a larger sized ATV for her husband. Under Florida law, no one under 16 can operate, ride or be … Continue reading

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Swimming and Water Safety Tips for Florida Residents, Visitors and Children

Drowning is a lead cause of death for children, especially those 14-years-old and younger. According to statistics, more than 800 children 14 and under drown each year. One precaution parents can take to help prevent drownings is to constantly supervise your child, whether at the beach, swimming pool or even a bathroom. Younger children and infants can drown in as little as 2 inches of water. Therefore, toilets, bathtubs and buckets are even hazardous. According to Gia Ramsey, Akron Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Specialist, said drowning is the second-highest accidental injury for those between the ages of 5-24; car accidents … Continue reading

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Dump Truck Hit Taxi Cab – Passenger Dies as a Result of Automobile Accident Related Injuries in Kissimmee Florida

A 55-year-old man was tragically killed while riding in a taxi cab. According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, a dump truck struck the taxi and pushed the cab about 220 feet forward. The driver of the dump truck, 49-year-old Edwin Canales of Kissimmee, Florida, was driving westbound on State Road 528 a little before 2:00 a.m. when he collided with the taxi cab near mile marker 9. The cab driver, 39-year-old Fleurinat Estephene of Orlando, Florida, is reportedly in critical condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center. FHP troopers said Estephene was not wearing his seat belt. The cab’s passenger, 55-year-old … Continue reading

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Trailer Detaches from SUV – Deadly Accident in Central Florida

Wanda Evete Keyes, 41, of Orlando was killed in a tragic car accident involving a detached trailer. Richard McReynolds, 42, of Orlando was towing a barbecue smoker on a trailer attached to his 1998 Lincoln Navigator. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, he was traveling on Old Winter Garden Road near Deleon Avenue when the smoker-trailer became detached, and crashed into the front left side of Keyes 1998 Ford Mustang; she died at the scene. Charges in the crash are pending. If you tow a trailer in Jacksonville, you are subject to new and different challenges on the roadway. Towing … Continue reading

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Hawthorne Florida Man Suffers Horrific Injuries as a Result of a Dog Bite Attack in Putnam County Florida

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reported a terrible dog bite attack that resulted in horrific injuries to Roy McSweeny – a 74 year old man from Hawthorne Florida. It was reported that Mr. McSweeney had to have both of his arms amputated as a result of a recent dog attack. He also suffered facial injuries as a result of this Florida dog bite attack. It was reported that the dogs were handed over to the local animal control authorities and euthanized. McSweeney underwent surgery and follow up care at Shands Hospital – Gainesville, Florida. See Putnam 74-year-old attacked by dogs … Continue reading

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