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Those who have watched the Netflix Original Series Orange is the New Black (OITNB) are familiar with the character Flaca, who is portrayed by Jackie Cruz.  In a recent interview for the Huffington Post, Cruz discuss how she is thankful for the serious car accident she experienced when she was still a teen.

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Cruz says that she was friends with a girl who was a bad influence and was in the girl’s car when she decided to engage in an illegal street race with another car.  She was not wearing her seat belt as she sat in the passenger seat of her friend’s car on the day of this race. Continue reading

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According to a recent news feature from Billboard, singer Taylor Swift has just donated $5,000 to a sophomore who was headed back to campus after spending the weekend at home with her family when she was involved in a fatal car accident involving a semi tractor trailer.  She was 18-years-old at the time of her death and had decided to major in elementary education.

truckforwardWhile the cause of the accident is still unknown and under investigation by the state police as of the time of this article, we do know that first responders attempted to stabilize her at the scene before rushing her to a local level-one trauma center.  Emergency surgeons treated her, but her injuries proved too severe and she was soon pronounced dead. Continue reading

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Last March, two people were killed when a man alleged crashed his SUV into a pizza restaurant in Natick, Massachusetts just outside of Boston. Prosecutors have said the 55-year-old defendant was driving his SUV at around six in the evening when he crossed over the double yellow lines on Washington Street according to a recent news feature from the Boston Globe.

policelineAfter he crossed the center line of the busy street, he allegedly crashed into several other cars driving in the opposite direction and then crashed through the front of the pizza restaurant. There were multiple people eating in the restaurant at the time of this accident, and two them died as a result of their injuries. There was a 57-year-old woman from nearby Watertown, Massachusetts and a 32-year-old man from Newton. Continue reading

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According to a recent news feature from Mass Live, a man was killed and two others severely injured as a result of a single-vehicle car accident in Boston’s Sumner Tunnel.  The man who was killed in this tragic accident was 24-years-old at the time of his death.

tunnel-1511148Authorities have said the accident occurred just after three in morning on a Friday when the alleged at-fault driver lost control of his Dodge Ram pickup truck around the Interstate 93 on- ramp.  When the car lost control, it slammed into the sidewall of the tunnel with considerable force.  The Massachusetts State Police (MSP) have released a photograph of the Dodge Ram.  In that photograph, the entire rear end of the pickup truck is destroyed and the front end is heavily damaged, as well.  The doors have been dislodged, as well, and there are parts of the vehicle strewn about the roadway. Continue reading

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In a recent high profile case, plaintiffs in Texas argued that a faulty ignition switch manufactured by General Motors (GM) was ultimately responsible for a fatal car accident that occurred in 2011.  In that accident, the driver of another vehicle was killed and a passenger suffered a severe personal injury according to a recent news feature from the Boston Herald.

engine-start-button-1241470Specifically, plaintiffs assert that the allegedly defective ignition switch on driver’s Saturn Sky turned off by itself while the car in motion, and this caused him to lose control of his vehicle.  The reason they argued is that in modern vehicles, once the power is shut off, nothing works, as the steering is hydraulic and computer-controlled, as are the brakes. The driver suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of this fatal car accident. Continue reading

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Those who were fans of Air Force football, or just college football in general may remember Dee Dowis.  Weighing less than 155 pounds, and clearly not the tallest player on the field, this young quarterback made his presence known through his athletic ability when heading up the offense as quarterback.  In the 1989 season, Dowis finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting, which is an outstanding accomplishment.

caraccident6According to a recent news feature from USA Today, Dowis was headed south on Interstate 85 in the northbound travel lanes.  It is not known how he ended up driving in the wrong direction of the interstate, but at some point, likely when he saw oncoming traffic at highway speeds, he decided to pull into the center median. Continue reading

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According to a recent news article from CBS Local Boston, a local war veteran who had served in the United States Army for nine years was in South Boston one Thursday night when he heard the massive crash as a result of a serious car accident.  He described what he heard as the sound to two freight trains slamming into each other.

caraccident3After he heard the crash, at the Old Colony Avenue and Dorchester Street intersection, he went running toward the accident to see if anyone was hurt and if he could help.  He found two cars, a Honda Civil and Volkswagen Jetta, which had just slammed into each other and were left a crumpled mess.  He ran up to the wreckage and was repeatedly asking if everyone was okay, though the feared they weren’t. Continue reading

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Accidents involving large commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses often result in more severe personal injury than accidents involving passenger cars, or even death.  The reason for this is that a commercial vehicle generally weights at least 10,000 pounds, and some dump trucks when loaded can be upwards of 80 tons.  An average bus weighs around 30,000 pounds.

mWypFbUAccording to a recent news feature from the Boston Herald, a woman in Worcester County died as a result of injuries she sustained during a car accident involving a school bus.  Authorities have said the 57-year-old woman was riding as passenger in a car driven by a 33-year-old man from Rhode Island when she was killed. Continue reading

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According to a recent news feature from ABC Boston, a defendant cried as she stood in the Boston Municipal Court (BMC) to face charges in connection with an alleged hit-and-run accident that resulted in injury to three pedestrians.  The serious car accident occurred in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood.

Prosecutors have said the 25-year-old defendant allegedly ran a red traffic signal at the Washington Street and School Street intersection and then crashed into the group of tourists walking along Boston’s historic Freedom Trail. Continue reading

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There are a lot of reasons so many people come to Boston each year while on vacation.  One of the reasons is to see the many historical sights, which date back to the days when New England was a colony.  When you walk around much of downtown Boston, you will notice a line of red bricks on the sidewalk.  This is the path of what is known as the Freedom Trail.  The name refers to the efforts of the colonist during the early days of the American Revolutionary War.

policelineSome tourists will choose to walk the Freedom Trail without a tour group and take their time to explore and see the sites.  Some will take a guided tour, so there is a tour guide who can explain the significance of the history they are seeing as they walk. Continue reading