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April 2011 Archives

Military and police officers work together to reduce accidents

For members of the armed services, facing down dangerous situations is a normal part of their everyday job. In the field, service members may be exposed to any number of threats, many of which could have fatal consequences. However, statistics from San Diego road traffic officers have revealed that the dangers facing service members do not disappear once they return home but merely change gears.

2-year-old DUI car accident victim spends birthday in hospital

A young San Diego boy recently celebrated his second birthday. Unfortunately, his party had to take place in his hospital room, where the toddler has been fighting for months to recover from the damage he suffered during a drunk driving car accident last October.

Brain injuries common among Army soldiers in Afghanistan

A serious head trauma accident often leaves its victims in critical condition. A person's head and neck are considered some of the most vulnerable parts of their body, since injuries to either area can result in memory loss, brain damage, loss of certain motor functions, and even paralysis.

Two more trials in Coast Guard accident, officer pleads guilty

It's been about a month since our blog last covered the case of an 8-year-old California boy killed in a December 2009 boating accident with a Coast Guard patrol vehicle. On the night of the accident, the young boy and his family were on their boat in the San Diego Bay enjoying the annual Christmas-time Parade of Lights. The boating accident occurred as a Coast Guard vehicle struck the family's vessel, killing the 8-year-old victim and injuring five others.

Make a decision to drive: banning all distractions behind the wheel

A recent New York Times article shared the story of a 19-year-old Santa Maria, California, student who was hit by a distracted driver while riding his bicycle. The young victim died in the accident, forever changing the lives of both his loved ones and the teenage driver who caused the crash while texting.

US government urged to extend benefits for brain injury victims

Last January, US Representative Gabrielle Giffords was attacked by a gunman while speaking to constituents in Tucson, Arizona. The tragic incident left Representative Giffords with a severe brain injury and injured 20 bystanders, six of whom died from gunshot wounds.

Motorcycle accident severely injures San Diego police officer

A San Diego police officer and father of two was badly injured in a traffic accident last week while riding his motorcycle to work. The 47-year-old officer, who has worked with the San Diego police force since the early 1990s, was broadsided by the driver of a 2000 Honda Civic at the intersection of Palo Alto Court and Borden Road.

Loose dog attacks mother and young son in San Diego thrift store

California pet owners are legally responsible for the actions of their animals. Essentially, it is the owner's civil duty to ensure that their pet does not pose a threat to anyone around them. If a domesticated animal does attack another person the medical consequences can be very serious, especially if the animal has not received the proper vaccinations. In addition to the physical injuries an animal attack victim may sustain, the emotional trauma of the attack can also leave long-lasting scars.

Non-profit sailing group capsizes boat in San Diego Bay, 2 dead

The non-profit group Heart of Sailing Foundation strives to help special needs children cope with the difficulties of their everyday lives through sailing therapy. Heart of Sailing provides special needs kids and their families with a chance to leave their troubles on shore and escape into adventure on the high waters. However, in the course of its admirable work, one of the group's sailboats capsized earlier this week, leaving several of its passengers dead.

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