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Florida day care car accident leaves many young injured

It is a very sad story of a hit and run. The car accident occurred in one of the worst places possible, right outside of a day care in Florida. The fleeing driver apparently crashed into a convertible that was parked outside the day care center. The convertible jumped over the curb and into the facility, killing one girl. Fourteen others were injured, and the victims were mostly children.

Law enforcement authorities have a person of interest in the accident. They believe that a 26-year-old man with a history of arrests is to blame for the crash. Police also believe that he may have fled to the Orlando airport. The man's latest arrest occurred in December, and it was related to felony drug charges. He also has another charge of fleeing the scene of crash that caused damage.

April Fools' pranks can wreak havoc on Florida job sites

It is already more than a week into April, but some Floridians may still be reeling from hard-hitting April Fools' Day jokes. A lot of people take this holiday seriously, and others may even take it too far. Although the jokes are usually lighthearted in nature, certain pranks can create issues in the workplace, which may hold employers liable for damages.

Job site accidents and injuries occur on a regular basis. But when pranksters start to get creative, it can lead to additional injuries. Employers can be held responsible if an employee decides to pull an April Fools' joke and hurts another employee. And sometimes, employers or companies themselves are the one who decide to instigate the "fun."

Issue of fatal bike crashes front and center in Destin

There are many benefits to riding a bike in Florida, both for the rider, health-wise, and for the environment. But even when a bicyclist takes all of the necessary precautions, there are still certain risks associated with bicycling.

Bike crashes with cars happen far too often and can leave riders seriously injured or killed. A 20-year-old woman recently died in a bike crash in Destin. She was on her way to work in Miramar Beach when a pick-up truck ran into her as she tried to cross U.S. 98. The woman was taken to the hospital but soon pronounced dead.

Florida auto accident leaves 1 dead, several injured

The driver of a truck that allegedly hit a van full of university students was charged with DUI manslaughter after a woman died in a Florida hospital following the accident. The man was also charged with DUI serious bodily injury. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the driver reportedly struck a van carrying students from Duke University after crossing the Interstate 10 median. The auto accident occurred around 11:45 a.m. on March 14.

The students were participating in their school's Outdoor Adventure program over spring break and were on their way back home when their van was hit. The student who was killed was a 21-year-old senior on full scholarship to Duke. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. Another 21-year-old student was injured. He was airlifted to a Pensacola hospital. A third student was hospitalized, but his or her name and condition was not released.

Man killed in Florida DUI accident

A two-vehicle accident in Panama City Beach resulted in the death of man from Tennessee on March 9. Police believe drinking played a role in causing the accident.

According to Panama City Beach police, an 18-year-old man from Nolensville, Tennessee was driving a Ford Taurus when he crashed into a Panther scoot car. That vehicle was driven by a 22-year-old man from Knoxville, who was driving near a golf course when the accident occurred. The force of the collision ejected the victim from the vehicle. When authorities arrived on the scene, they transported the man to a hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

Woman critically injured after Florida crash

The Florida Highway Patrol claims that a woman was listed in critical condition at UF Shands after an accident on March 9. The 22-year-old victim was a passenger in a white minivan driven by a 24-year-old woman. Their vehicle was involved in an auto accident in Jacksonville that may have been caused by a 45-year-old man driving a Lexus.

The driver of the minivan was attempting to turn left onto eastbound SR 134 from southbound Old Middleburg Road. The driver of the Lexus was headed east on SR 134 in the inside travel lane when he failed to stop for a red light. His vehicle then collided with the front end of the victims' minivan. The collision caused both the driver of the minivan and the passenger to be ejected onto the roadway. Authorities transported both women to UF Shands where the passenger was said to be in critical condition.

Motorcyclist killed by drunk driver in Florida

On Feb. 28, a 30-year-old man was killed while riding his motorcycle in Pompano Beach. At around 9:30 p.m., the motorcycle rider collided with a vehicle being driven by a woman who is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol. The 42-year-old woman was driving an SUV northbound on North Federal Highway when she tried to turn left onto NE 4th Street and entered the path of southbound traffic, which had a green light.

The southbound motorcycle rider was unable to brake fast enough to avoid the woman's SUV. After striking the back of the vehicle with his bike, the rider was thrown from his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

GM recalls more than 778,000 vehicles, 6 deaths associated

Florida vehicle owners should know that more than 778,000 Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles from model years 2005 to 2007 and Pontiac G5 compacts from 2007 were recently recalled by General Motors. According to the report, the vehicles may have faulty ignition switches that have resulted in the deaths of at least six people.

If these vehicles are jarred, the faulty ignition switches could cause the cars to shut off suddenly. While the remedy simply involves the replacement of the switches, many of these vehicles are in the hands of second or third owners. Many owners fail to register their used purchases with automakers, making it difficult for the car companies to get in touch with those who need to be notified of the recall.

Job accident results in injury for Florida worker

On Monday, Feb. 10, an accident on the job resulted in a harrowing ordeal for several Fort Lauderdale construction workers. A crew of four workers was attending to a construction site underneath the overpass on Interstate 95 when their scaffolding collapsed. Three of the four workers were left stranded 100 feet in the air when their scaffolding plummeted into the New River below.

One of the construction workers reported that the cables to the scaffolding suddenly collapsed. The fourth worker fell with the scaffolding, landing on the object and suffering serious injuries. While emergency rescue crews rushed the injured man to the Broward Health Medical Center, they also rescued two of the men who were suspended underneath the overpass.

Florida officials call for tougher hit-and-run sentences

Florida's attorney general is advocating changes in state law that would allow judges to order stiffer sentences for drivers convicted of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. A new bill, which was discussed on Feb. 4, calls for similar prison terms for drivers who flee the scene of a fatal accident as current law permits in DUI manslaughter cases. The bill is named after a South Florida man who was killed in a bike accident by a motorist who fled the scene in 2012.

The driver in that case turned himself in 17 hours later, but by that point it was impossible for law enforcement officers to determine if he had been intoxicated at the time of the accident. He was subsequently sentenced to 22 months in prison. Lawmakers say that the current sentencing rules encourage drunk drivers to flee accident scenes and take their chances, but it is hoped that tougher penalties will change that perception. Accident statistics show that 166 people were killed and a further 17,000 injured in the 70,000 Florida hit-and-run accidents during 2012.

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