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Monday, March 4th, 2013
In a story of heartbreak, a glimmer of hope, and then the ultimate grief, Nathan and Raizy Glauber were killed when a vehicle crashed into the side of the car the couple had hired to take them to the hospital to for a pregnancy check-up. The Glaubers, Orthodox Jews from the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, both died immediately following the accident. Their son was delivered by Cesarean section, spent the night in serious condition at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan, but died early Monday morning, as The Associated Press reports:
Isaac Abraham, who serves as a spokesman for the family’s Orthodox Jewish community, said the child died around 5:30 a.m.
Police were searching for the driver of a BMW and a passenger who fled on foot after slamming into a livery cab, killing the young pregnant woman and her husband.
‘‘This guy’s a coward and he should pay his price,’’ said Abraham, adding that the community wants a homicide prosecution.
Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, were looking forward to welcoming their first child into their tight-knit community of Orthodox Jews.
The horrific crash happened in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn as the couple headed to a hospital.
The engine of the livery car ended up in the backseat, where Raizy Glauber, who was seven months pregnant, was sitting before she was ejected, Abraham said. Her body landed under a parked tractor-trailer, said witnesses who raced to the scene after the crash. Nachman Glauber was pinned in the car, and emergency workers had to cut off the roof to get him out, witnesses said.
The Glaubers both were pronounced dead at hospitals, and the medical examiner said they died of blunt-force trauma. Doctors had delivered the baby by cesarean section.
Neighbors and friends said the boy weighed only about 4 pounds. The Glaubers’ livery cab driver was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and was later released. Both the driver of the BMW and a passenger fled and were being sought, police said.
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Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
Kris Allen, the winner of the eighth season of “American Idol,” and his wife Katy Allen survived a car crash on New Year’s Day, and in the process of reassuring fans that he was injured with a broken arm but would make a full recovery, announced that the couple is expecting their first child. More from E! Online:
“From Kris: he’s in a lot of pain, arm broke, may not play guitar for a while. Prayers welcome please! #headoncollision,” his mother, Kimberly Allen, tweeted Tuesday evening, including a picture of a good-natured Allen looking rather shocked as he clutched his wounded arm.
She continued, “Kristopher and Katy (Allen, Kris’ wife) are both pretty beat up but ALIVE! Thank you Jesus! They are setting his arm now and will have surgery tomorrow….”
…Later, Kris took to his Twitter to reassure his fans … and let slip some exciting news! “Thank you @ford for equipping me with a car that kept my whole family @katyallen @ZorroPup and the little one we have on the way safe,” he wrote.
“Yes I got in a really bad wreck tonight and yes I’m having a lil baby. #gonnabeadaddy.”
Image: Kris Allen, via s_bukley / Shutterstock.com
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Thursday, June 7th, 2012
A Massachusetts teenager has been convicted of vehicular homicide for a 2011 car accident that resulted in the death of one man and serious injury to a passenger, CNN.com is reporting. Eighteen-year-old Aaron Deveau was texting while driving. From CNN:
“I made a mistake,” Deveau said Wednesday after his mother told the court he would not intentionally hurt anyone. “If I could take it back, I would take it back.”
Judge Stephen Abany sentenced the teen to two and a half years on the vehicular homicide charge and two years on the texting and causing injury charge. He will serve one year concurrently on both charges and the balance of both charges is suspended for five years. His license will be suspended for 15 years.
“There are no winners today,” Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said in a statement. “A beloved grandfather is dead. A once active woman can no longer work and is still racked with pain from her injuries and a young man is going to jail. When we get behind the wheel of a car, we are obligated to drive with care. … As we saw in this case, in a split second, many lives are forever changed.”
Image: Texting while driving, via Shutterstock.
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Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
The New York Times has published an in-depth report on the challenges that face teenagers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as they attempt to get drivers’ licenses. Citing a 2007 study that found ADHD drivers to be between two and four times more likely to have an accident than non-ADHD drivers, the report chronicles the problems teens with ADHD typically have with driving:
Researchers say that many teenagers with attention or other learning problems can become good drivers, but not easily or quickly, and that some will be better off not driving till they are older — or not at all.
The most obvious difficulty they face is inattention, the single leading cause of crashes among all drivers, said Bruce Simons-Morton, senior investigator at the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Md.
“When a driver takes his eyes off the road for two seconds or more, he’s doubled the risk of a crash,” he said.
Inexperienced drivers usually are distractible drivers. Dr. Simons-Morton cited a study on a closed course in which teenagers proved much more adept than adults at using cellphones while driving — and missed more stop signs.
The situation isn’t helped by how “noisy” cars have become, with cellphones, iPods and Bluetooth devices, said Lissa Robins Kapust, a social worker and coordinator of a driving program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “Driving is so busy on the inside and the outside of the car — it’s the most complex thing we do.”
But A.D.H.D. involves more than distractibility. Its other major trait is impulsiveness, which is often linked to high levels of risk-taking, said Dr. [Russell A.] Barkley [of the Medical University of South Carolina].
“It’s a bad combination” for young drivers, he said. “They’re more prone to crashes because of inattention, but the reason their crashes are so much worse is because they’re so often speeding.” Many drivers with A.D.H.D. overestimate their skills behind the wheel, Dr. Barkley noted.
Image: Teen taking driving test, via Shutterstock.
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Monday, January 16th, 2012
The National Vital Statistics program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its findings on causes of death in 2010, and for children, the findings may be surprising and alarming.
Pediatrician Aaron Carroll parsed the figures on his blog and revealed that accidents, especially car accidents, were the number one killer of children ages 1-14, claiming 1,339 kids’ lives in 2010.
Surprisingly high on the list was homicide, ranking as the number 3 cause of death among 1-4 year-olds, and the number 5 cause among 5-14-year-olds. Among this latter group, homicide was edged out by suicide, which claimed 273 5-14 year-olds in 2010.
Cancer ranked second among 5-14 year-olds and 4th among 1-4 year-olds. Influenza was the sixth leading cause of death for 1-4 year-olds.
Carroll, who works in a children’s hospital, offered these insights into how health care providers can use this data:
I work in a children’s hospital, and I know legions of people who work every year to save kids lives. I think it’s one of the most worthy causes there is. But I rarely see massive campaigns and fund-raising drives to prevent assault and homicide. I don’t see many for suicide. I don’t see ribbons for safer cars. Yet these are the things that kill children in droves. More small children were killed in assaults than for all cancers combined. When you get into the 15-24 year old range, accidents (especially cars) are #1, homicide is #2, and suicide is #3.
Image: Police siren, via Shutterstock.
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