Articles Posted in Traffic Citations

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By Robert Chaiken, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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CarAccident1.jpgWhen word first came out that Christopher Kayden Roedel had been struck and killed in a traffic accident, police said that no charges would be filed in the case. The child was struck by a pickup truck as he was running across a busy street after dark and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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By Steven Smith, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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U.S.%20State%20Map%20New%20York.jpgIn New York and other states, infants and small children are at increased risk for injury when riding in an automobile. This is especially true for children who are not placed in a infant seat, child seat, or booster seat based on the age and / or size. New York law was recently changed to require children through the eighth birthday to have a booster seat. There is an exemption for children younger than 8 who are 4 Feet 9 Inches Tall and / or who weigh 100 pounds or more.

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By Steven Smith, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
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Carmen Huertas, a mother from the Bronx, New York, appeared in court regarding manslaughter charges for the death of 11 year old – Leandra Rosado. In October 2009, it is alleged that Ms. Huertas drank heavily and then put seven children in a cr to take them to a slumber party. A subsequent crash caused the death of 11 year old Leandra Rosado. Parents and caregivers should avoid drinking and driving altogether. Having several drinks and then getting behind the wheel of a vehicle puts many people in danger especially innocent children. An adult can chose to risk her own safety and welfare by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, or otherwise engaging in dangerous activities or behavior. It is quite another thing to put your own children and other children at risk. Ms. Huertas will have the ability to defend herself from this criminal charges with a private attorney or public defender. Whatever the result on the criminal case – an innocent child is dead and would be alive today but for this fatal automobile accident. See Bronx Mother Faces Manslaughter Charges – DUI Automobile Accident Resulting in Death of 11 Year Old.

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By Scott A. Marks, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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CarAccident1.jpgA four year old boy, Jonathan Vasquez, was killed in a hit and run accident in front of his school recently. The child was riding a scooter to preschool, with his grandmother and older brother walking behind him, when he was hit while crossing the street that leads out of the school parking lot. The driver of the car fled the scene, dragging the boy’s body behind him for a short distance. Because the accident occurred just after the first morning bell, there were few witnesses and the police do not have a good description of the car or the driver, who has only been described as a man with a dark complexion.

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By Scott A. Marks, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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street%20light%20red%20traffic%20light%20white%20background.jpgIn California, traffic signals and devices should be obeyed by drivers. The simple act of running a red light can be quite deadly. In Novato, California, Steven Culbertson, age 19 from Lakeville, California, first hit a car stopped for a light and then drove through the red light and into the intersection. Then, Culbertson in a BMW Mini Cooper crashed into a mini-van occupied by the Maloney family. The father (Johnathan Maloney – age 45), the mother (Susan Maloney – age 42) and two children (Grace and Aiden) died as a result of the impact according to the California Highway Patrol.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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US%20State%20Flag%20Colorado.jpgn Longmont, Colorado, a crash sent a truck into the front of a Blockbuster Store. Police investigators reported that a Dodge truck crashed into a Subaru Outback. The force of this impact put the Subaru into a curb, then into the Cubby’s Coffee Shop, and finally into the Blockbuster Store. Police reported that Steven Williams (age 37) from Longmont, Colorado sped through the intersection prior to the crash. There were 5 people injured as a result of this crash including: Bruce Kline, Kline’s wife, Kline’s 17 year old daughter, Maricuz Gutierrez, and Steven Williams.

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By David Wolf, Attorney
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In Port Carbon, Pennsylvania, a car crashed into a day care center that was full of children. Fortunately, the children escaped injury. It was reported that the driver was distracted by a puppy riding in the front seat. It is most fortunate that no children suffered personal injuries; however, this incident could have easily caused serious personal injuries and even the death of children. Driver distraction whether caused by a puppy in the car or a Blackberry, mobile phone, or iPhone is a real problem in Pennsylvania and other States. Drivers should do their best to limit distractions and pay attention to traffic and road conditions. You can read more about this story at Car Crashes into Port Carbon, Pennsylvania Day Care Center.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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street%20crosswalk%20with%20push%20button%20for%20crossing%20pedestrians.jpgIn Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, three middle school children recently suffered injuries as a result of a woman who served to attempt avoid crashing into a traffic jam. The students attended Beverly Hills Middle School. Action News ABC reported that Jemel Brunswick and Tyler Lowery were injured in this automobile / pedestrian incident. The third boy, named Beyene, was reported by his father (Beyene Beyene) to be in a coma at a local hospital. The driver carelessly drove across three lanes of traffic, then hit the boys, and then kept on moving until hitting the third boy 15 yards away. According to police, the driver finally slammed into a parked car and then finally came to a stop. See ABC 6 Action News – Three Children Hit by Car in Upper Darby Pennsylvania School Zone.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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street%20double%20yellow%20line%20curved%20day%20time.jpgIn Minnesota and other States, there is a consistent problem with DUI incidents. Tragically, many DUI incidents cause serious personal injuries and even death of innocent people and children. In every DUI incident, there is a danger or risk to any children who is in the vehicle or near the vehicle as it is being driven. Parents especially should consider the best interests of the child when getting behind the wheel. The safety of the child should always take precedence over the convenience or selfishness of the parent especially when it comes to drinking and driving. In West Hennepin, Minnesota, a mother was arrested after a complaint was called in about her driving to the West Hennepin Public Safety Department for poor driving. When police attempted to stop or pull over the driver (Monica Say – age 29) – she refused and kept on driving another 4 to 5 miles. Along this dangerous drive, the chase and / or Ms. Say’s driving almost caused other automobile accidents. It was later determined that Ms. Say’s blood alcohol level (BAC) was .17 which amounted to in excess of two times the legal limit in Minnesota. Ms. Say was transporting two children during this dangerous drive who were 4 years old and 2 years old. The news report also stated that Ms. Say was in possession of marijuana and an open bottle of rum in a diaper bag. Ms. Say was arrested at the scene by the police. You can read more about this story at Mother Charged with DUI and Fleeing Police in Minnesota.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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DrunkDriving1.jpgA sixteen year old girl with no driver’s license and a borrowed car drove into a tree outside the Wagon Wheel Mobile Home Park in Alamosa, Colorado. She had three other teenagers and two small children, aged 20 months and 4 years, in the car with her at the time. The car had been borrowed from a relative of one of the passengers. The girl is expected to be charged with drunk driving (DUI), driving without a license and criminal negligence resulting in the injury of a child. The driver is claiming that a steering malfunction caused her to miss the turn she was trying to make into the park, and sent her into the tree instead.

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