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.”
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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.
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