Archive for November, 2010

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Two People killed in Miami boat accident

November 30, 2010

The Sun-Sentinel reports that 67-year-old Steve Posner was killed in a high-speed boat accident in Florida on Biscayne Bay a mile or two east of Matheson Hammock Marina. Posner’s family are prominent business people South Florida. The boat accident was also responsible for the death of an unidentified person and and seriously injuring Posner’s cousin, Stuart Posner.

According to reports, Posner’s 44-foot racing catamaran tried to overtake his friend Fritz Eigelshoven’s boat “Mixed Emotions.” According to published reports, the boats were traveling side by side when Posner’s boat sideswept the other boat, piercing its hull. Witnesses say that they were traveling between 85 and 90 mph at the time of impact. The unidentified man was thrown overboard and was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, “both boats were ultra-fast racing catamarans, capable of rocketing across the water at more than 100 mph and are so powerful that they require two people to safely operate at high speeds- a driver at the helm and a throttle man controlling the speed.” Boating is one of the top leisure activities in South Florida. Though it can be very enjoyable, the U.S. Coast Guard says that thousands of boating accidents occur each year in the United States with Florida leading the way with the most boating related fatalities. In 2008 alone, there were 4,789 reported boat accidents in the country, which resulted in 709 deaths and 3,331 injuries.

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Pregnant woman dies after being hit by car in Miami

November 30, 2010

The Miami Herald reports that 26 year old Cecelia L. Chinn was fatally struck on Saturday night as she and her husband attempted to cross Kendall Drive in Miami. The accident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. as they were crossing the eastbound lanes of Kendall Drive near Southwest 122nd Avenue.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that Mrs. Chinn made it across the outside lane and was attempting to cross the middle lane when she was struck by a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by 23-year-old Linda McKenna. Chinn landed on the hood of McKenna’s car, and then struck the windshield and fell onto the pavement. She was immediately transported to Jackson Memorial hospital where she died a few hours later. Chinn was seven months pregnant at the time. The unborn baby did not survive the accident either.

Witnesses stated that McKenna had the right of way at the time of the accident as both the eastbound and westbound lanes had a green light when the accident occurred. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations Fatality Analysis Reporting System Encyclopedia (FARS), 490 pedestrians in Florida were killed in traffic related accidents in 2008. Florida leads the way with the highest number of pedestrian killed in traffic related accidents in America, with a total of 4,414 fatalities reported .

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Free Coffee on the Turnpike over Holiday

November 24, 2010

The Sun-Sentinel reports that earlier this morning, a dump truck accidentally dropped gravel across all northbound lanes of Florida’s turnpike just north of I-595. Additionally, roads in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm-Beach County are expected to be foggy during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday period. In an effort to prevent car accidents on Florida highways, the Florida Highway Patrol is putting all available state troopers on patrol and they will focus on impaired driving, speeding, following too closely, aggressive driving and seat belt and child restraint enforcement. Additionally, all restaurants and gas station of any of the turnpike’s service plazas will be offering free coffee during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Holiday.

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Miami and Ft. Lauderdale roadways ranked among Nation’s most congested roads for Holiday Travel

November 24, 2010

According to the travel experts at AAA, about 42 million people are expected to travel this Thanksgiving and about 70% of them will be driving. Although driving might seem like the most cost effective way to get home for the holidays,  Weather.com reports that more traffic jams are expected than usual this Thanksgiving holiday.

The Weather Channel has highlighted the ten cities across America that are home to the worst Holiday traffic Jams. By using monitors from Metro Networks and Navteq, two of the largest traffic monitoring companies in the U.S., they compiled the following List:

1) New York/Washington D.C.
2) Boston
3) Chicago
4) New York City
5) San Francisco
6) Atlanta
7)Virginia/Maryland
8 ) Dallas
9) Detroit
10) Miami/Fort Lauderdale

Being stuck at the end of a peninsula is great for beach seekers, but only adds to the traffic nightmare in South Florida. With Miami’s Palmetto expressway being one of the most congested roads in the Nation on a regular basis, holiday travelers only add to the problem. Add in snow birds and two major airport less then 30 miles from each other and you have a recipe for disaster. AAA states that there are thousands expected in South Florida during the holiday season.

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Women dies after pulling over on Florida’s Turnpike

November 23, 2010

The Sun-Sentinel reports that 38-year-old Lisa Michelle Kemp was killed in a car accident after pulling her car over to the side of Florida’s Turnpike. Lisa Michelle was well known in Broward County as a gospel singer and she leaves her husband and three young children behind.

According to reports, Kemp had dropped off a family friend in Plantation, and although she was low on fuel, she decided to get on the highway because she was running late to pick up her husband. Upon running out gas, she pulled over to the side of the road near Coconut Creek Parkway. At that point, Andrew Booth Buckman lost control of his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup and rear-ended Kemp killing her instantly.

Just two days after her death, a similar accident ended the life of two more people and left three others in serious condition. The Sun-Sentinel reports that the five people were traveling southbound on Florida’s I-95 in Fort Lauderdale when they pulled off the road near Sunrise Blvd. to change a flat tire. The driver of a 2000 Toyota Camry lost control of her vehicle and slammed into the SUV and the people around it.

These car accidents on highways in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County and South Florida highlight the dangers of stopping on a highway shoulder. The National Safety Council suggests that you turn your emergency flashers on, get your vehicle completely away from the roadway, put reflectorized triangles behind the vehicle to alert other drivers, raise your hood and tie something white to the radio antenna or hang it out a window so police officers or tow truck operators will know that you need help, and don’t stand behind or next to your vehicle. If possible, stand away from the vehicle and wait for help to arrive.

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Woman Dies Aboard Carnival Liberty

November 22, 2010

It is reported that a 36-year-old women was found unconscious aboard the Miami based cruise ship Carnival Liberty on Tuesday, November 16. Two hours later, despite receiving medical attention, she was pronounced dead.

According to passengers on the ship, the woman had bruising on her face and several bags of evidence were seized from the scene. The FBI continues to investigate her death and a homicide has not been ruled out. Several passengers report that they saw a man being taken away in handcuffs, but as of yet no official statement has been released.

Although the Cruise Lines International Association does not keep record on the number of on-board deaths, coroners’ offices near major ports such as Miami Dade and Broward county do. Between 1999 and 2007, the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office reported 97 cruise ship deaths, while the Miami Dade County Medical Examiners Office reports 33 deaths between 2004 and 2007 alone.

The Carnival Liberty departed from Miami and was en route to St. Thomas when the incident occurred.

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Roadway Safety Laws

November 18, 2010

The Emergency Nurses Association released a report examining the roadway safety laws in all 50 states and Washington D.C.. After evaluating 14 different categories, Florida was given an average rating for car accident laws.

The 2010 ENA National Scorecard used several types of legislation for their ranking: seat belt use, child passenger safety, graduated drivers licensing for teens, all-rider motorcycle helmet requirements, ignition interlock devices to prevent drunk driving; entering, sending, reading, or retrieving data for all drivers using cell phones or other interactive wireless communication devices; and the authority to develop, maintain and evaluate a state trauma system. Each state then received 1 point for each type of legislation. The report included distracted driving laws for the first time ever.
Only Oregon and Washington met all of the ENA criteria, followed by Tennessee which implements all but one. The report urged each state to consider implementing more laws to ensure highway safety. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every 12 minutes there is a traffic related fatality. Furthermore, every ten seconds, someone is taken to the a hospital emergency room for injuries sustained in a car accident. The ENA has urged states to enact and pass more and better roadway safety laws in order to aid in the prevention of crash related injuries and deaths.

According to the National Highway Safety and Transportation Administration, 5,474 people died in distraction-related car accidents in 2009. Cell Phones alone amounted to about 18 percent of all fatalities. Due to the rising numbers, 26 states and Washington D.C. have passed laws that apply to the entering, sending, reading, or retrieving data other than for emergency purposes on cell phones while driving.

Treatment for victims of car accidents has also become a primary concern as the ENA report indicates that 47 states have passed laws that allow for a statewide trauma system. ENA President Diane Gurney stated that “timely and appropriate care can be the crucial difference in whether a car accident victim survives or dies.” Establishing a trauma system will aid in the care of seriously injured victim and can essentially save their life.

With I-95 in South Florida being one of the nations deadliest highways, the ENA report suggests implementing strict Florida car accident laws to reduce the number of serious car accidents and injuries.

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