Deadly Jupiter crash on I-95 Kills 2 People

August 16, 2009 by  
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Two people are dead after a crossover accident on I-95, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and Florida Highway Patrol.

It happened just south of Indiantown Road near Jupiter.

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Officials say a red pickup truck crossed the median hitting a Toyota carrying the two victims.

The driver of the pickup truck was transported to Saint Mary’s Medical center with non-life threatening injuries.

Source: wptv.com

3 teens killed in Stuart car crash

August 4, 2009 by  
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— The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the three people killed early Tuesday morning during a crash at Cove Road and Federal Highway.

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Troopers identified the driver as 18-year-old Nicholas P. Coady of Stuart. Connor William Graver, 16, of Hobe Sound and Christopher Harold Briglio, 18, of Tequesta, were passengers in the vehicle.

“We do believe alcohol played a part in the crash. There’s no doubt that it did,” said FHP Lt. Chris Cribbs.

The crash happened just after 2:15 a.m. when an SUV, reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed, crashed into a front-end loader working in a construction zone west of the intersection, according to officials at the scene.

Two people in the SUV were dead at the scene, and a third, airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, died there a few hours later, Cribbs said. The driver of the front-end loader was not injured.

FHP officials said the construction vehicle had just dumped a load of dirt from the U.S. 1 area onto the south side of Cove Road as part of a widening project on Cove Road. The loader was backing up and trying to get off the road when the SUV, traveling reportedly at a high rate of speed, smashed into it head-on.

Cribbs said speed likely was a factor in the crash. The speed limit on Cove Road is 35 mph.

The SUV was destroyed, Cribbs said. The three dead are men from the Treasure Coast. FHP officials are still notifying their families. The men are thought to have just dropped off someone at a nearby home before the crash happened, Cribbs said.

It is unclear where the three were going at the time of the crash.

The driver of the SUV was wearing a seatbelt; one passenger was not; and it is unclear if the third was wearing one, Cribbs said.

The yellow John Deere front-end loader was being hoisted onto a flat-bed truck trailer. The loader’s right rear tire appeared bent.

The crash woke nearby resident Harry Fenton, who heard screaming and yelling before falling back asleep, Fenton told WPTV NewsChannel 5. Fenton later heard a helicopter take off and eventually walked over to the scene.

“I looked at the car and I said, ‘My God,’ I said, ‘I don’t know how anybody could live through something like that,'” Fenton said. “It was just horrendous just the look of it the car being in a ball.”

American Idol contestant dead

July 26, 2009 by  
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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ — Authorities say a 25-year-old former two-time “American Idol” contestant has been struck and killed by a car in a New Jersey shore town.

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The Asbury Park Press reports that Alexis Cohen, of Allentown, Pa., was killed early Saturday in Seaside Heights.

Deputy Chief Michael Mohel of the Ocean County Prosecutors Office says an autopsy indicated she suffered chest, head and abdominal injuries. Mohel says investigators are seeking more information about the collision.

Cohen auditioned in Philadelphia for the popular Fox singing competition in August 2007, and the episode was aired in January 2008. She tried out again during the show’s eighth season.

A video of her angry rant after being rejected by judges went viral on the Internet.

MILWAUKEE: Strangers rush to save family from burning car

July 20, 2009 by  
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Off-duty firemen, policemen and perfect strangers rushed to save a family from their burning car Sunday evening.

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A woman from Tennessee lost control of her van and crashed into a tree near 22nd Place and Layton Avenue between 5 and 6 p.m.

Neighbors rushed to help — some broke windows, others grabbed garden hoses and one man kept his video camera rolling.

When Jerry Lepkowski saw the smoke and flames he grabbed his video camera and ran toward the action. He had no idea he was about to record an amazing and heroic rescue.

Neighbors and drivers were the first people on the scene. Almost immediately they pulled a little girl from the burning minivan, but that was just the beginning.

With the girl’s mother and brother trapped inside, two men banged at the van’s window with metal pipes until it broke apart, freeing the mother.

That’s when two off-duty firefighters showed up and with a child still inside they rushed into the burning car.

Despite the lack of protective clothes and the blistering heat, the men scrambled to free the child from a seatbelt.

As the fire grew, an off-duty Milwaukee Police lieutenant showed up with two fire extinguishers and neighbors rushed in with garden hoses.

Another twenty seconds passed and just as it looks like the car is going to burn up one of the firefighters frees the 4-year-old boy.

He is badly burned, but alive, and was rushed away from the flames and sprayed down with cold water.

Neighbors said they are amazed everyone survived. “I would do it for my kids so that’s why I stopped to get in there,” Lepkowski said. “I’m still shaken, you know, but I’ll never forget it.

”One of the off-duty fire fighters had serious burns to his arm the other needed stitches. Milwaukee Police Lt. Mark Wroblewski received some minor burns.“The neighborhood really came out as well with hoses,” Wroblewski said. “It shows the true sprit of the city.

”The boy had burns on 30 percent of his body and is currently in critical condition at Children’s Hospital.The mother and sister escaped with minor injuries.

Pahokee car crash leaves 1 person dead

July 12, 2009 by  
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A man was killed and a second was hurt in a single-car crash on Saturday morning, authorities said.

Ramiro A. Castillo, 32, of Belle Glade was killed when the Ford F-150 he was riding in passed a slower car, slid off the pavement at 2679 Bacom Point Rd. and crashed into a palm tree, according to a bulletin circulated this morning by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Both Castillo and a second occupant, Afredo Gamez, 44, of Belle Glade, were thrown from the truck on impact.

Castillo died where he fell.

Gamez was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where an update on his condition wasn’t immediately available.

Investigators had yet to determine which man was driving.

They suspect the men might have been drinking.

I-95 Car Accident Kills PBIA Flight Attendant

January 30, 2009 by  
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PSL woman dies in I 95 crash

JUPITER, FL, — An early morning accident in the southbound lanes of I-95 delayed traffic on the interstate south of Indiantown Road.

The fatal accident occured around 3 a.m. this morning, just south of the Indiantown exit.

58 year old Barbara Carlisle of Port St Lucie was driving to Palm Beach International Airport .

She worked as flight attendant for one of the arlines operating out of PBIA.

The Florida Highway Patrol says that Carlisle was trying to avoid the overturned furniture in the road left by a collision between a Rooms to Go double semi tractor trailer and another tractor trailer.

Both trucks were had pulled over the the shoulder.

Carlisle’s car slammed into the back on one of the parked trucks.

FHP says fog did not paly a role in this morning’s deadly accident.

FHP continues to investigate the accident and Barbara Carlisle’s death.

Source: Wptv.com