Florida Highway Patrol troopers say that a sports utility vehicle driving the wrong way caused a series of accidents that killed a motorcyclist. Troopers report that the accidents involved four vehicles in addition to the motorcycle and shut down 13th Street in St. Cloud, a major roadway in the city, for eight hours. They report that a 73-year-old St. Cloud woman was driving the SUV on Oct. 15 on U.S. Highway 192 — known as 13th Street in St. Cloud — when she fainted or became otherwise unable to control her vehicle. Her Chevrolet Equinox collided head-on with a westbound Harley-Davidson operated by a 54-year-old Barefoot Bay man around 3:30 that afternoon. The rider was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries at 5:50 p.m.
The only bicyclist to participate in all 33 “Horrible Hundred Bike Rides” across Lake County nearly had his streak broken recently when he had his own horrible bike ride early this month. Stephen Rooks is a 56-year-old Cocoa Beach resident and an avid bicyclist who was involved in a serious bicycle accident when a driver failed to yield the right of way and turned directly in front of him. The driver was turning into her driveway and claims that she didn’t see the rider when she caused the accident that broke Rooks’ left clavicle and three ribs and destroyed his beloved bike.
A recent article published in the Orlando Sentinel shed some light on a distressingly common problem in Central Florida in general and Orlando in particular: the types of injuries that victims often suffer in pedestrian accidents. The writer interviewed Dr. John Promes, who is the medical director of the trauma unit at Orlando Health’s ORMC. Dr. Promes said that victims injured in Orlando pedestrian accidents "are one of our top three types of injuries that we see," along with people injured in auto accidents and slip and fall accidents.
A jury in Missouri has awarded an injured man $10 million in a lawsuit stemming from an electrocution accident that left him badly injured. In July 2008, the man was working on a heat pump manufactured by FHP Manufacturing Co. in Tallahassee, Fla., when he came in contact with an exposed wire on the pump. The contact sent at least 480 volts through the man’s body, knocking him from a ladder and badly injuring him. The man and his personal injury attorney filed a lawsuit against FHP Manufacturing in Jackson County Circuit Court after the accident, and the jury recently awarded him $9.97 million in damages.
There are many nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other types of long-term care here in Florida, and grim stories about elder abuse are a common theme in newspapers and other media outlets. These stories tend to focus on sexual abuse and other prurient topics, but Orlando elder abuse attorney James O. Cunningham would like you to know that there are other types of elder abuse that are no less devastating to victims and their families.
A hazing incident at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University has led to serious injuries for one freshman and the arrests of three people who broke the victim’s leg and caused other injuries. Tallahassee Police arrested three young men aged 19, 22 and 23 for felony battery for injuring the 18-year-old member of the school’s “Marching 100” band. In addition to a broken femur, the victim suffered blood clots and bruised bones in her legs. The victim said she suffered the beatings on October 31 and November 1 while the Marching 100 band was in Orlando to perform at halftime of the Florida Classic football game. Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham is closely following developments in this case, as it is distressingly similar to a similar hazing incident that claimed the life of a 26-year-old FAMU drum major who collapsed and died in October. Police suspect that hazing led to this victim’s death.