Sterling Heights family had a fireworks display in their garage-July 4, 2014

Seems as though luck was sort of on the side of a Sterling Heights family when their garage set on fire. You might be thinking “that doesn’t seem very lucky to me”. Well let’s examine this a little closer. What started this blaze is still unclear. The garage is attached to their home so in the event of a fire in the garage it could easily continue into the house. Knowing this information it seems a likely deduction that one would be extremely careful as to what was being kept in the garage. However, someone decided the garage would be a good place to store dynamite, I mean fireworks, and this is where the luck comes in.

I don’t think anyone would even consider storing dynamite in a building that was attached to another building where you and your loved ones sleep. But, that is exactly what happened on Arlene Street in Sterling Heights. The flames were already through the roof of the garage when firefighters rolled up on the scene. Of course any fire is dangerous and potentially life threatening however when there are fireworks being stored inside a building this makes the situation especially unstable. It was pure luck that the whole house didn’t go up in flames. Are Michigan laws tough enough in regards to fireworks?

How would you feel if your house was next to a garage where someone had a bunch of explosives being stored? Some might argue that just about every garage has some sort of element of danger, for example gasoline. But remember fireworks are set to explode after they have been ignited and some of them are supposed to shoot up in the air for many feet in all different directions. Kind of scary when you think about it. The Sterling Heights family is very lucky indeed that the only thing they lost was a garage. For additional information, see more at http://www.akivagoldman.com/michigan-personal-injury-attorney.html.

Pittsfield Township fatal crash starts the July 4th weekend

Here we go again. Another July 4th weekend that is supposed to be filled with fun is now filled with tragedy. It has been reported by the Michigan State Police that two teenagers were killed on US-23 from a crash. It happened in Pittsfield Township on Thursday afternoon. The three teens were struck head-on by a pick-up truck. Apparently, the truck driver crossed the median. The teens were driving home from work in a Mercury Sable. They were headed southbound.

There were two men and a girl in the Mercury Sable. The two men died on scene and the teenage girl survived and is currently at the hospital. It appears that the man driving the pick-up truck was a teenager also. This teen might have been drinking and that could be the reason he crossed the median. He is expected to be ok. This accident caused Michigan Avenue in Pittsfield Township to be closed. The crash site was located in the southbound lanes of traffic right before the Michigan Avenue/US-23 overpass.

Of course a full investigation will take place to determine the exact cause of the accident. This type of accident involving teens seems to be all too common. Maybe the laws should change regarding teen drivers? Is a teen that is only 16 years old capable of driving safely? Is the idea of letting a 14 year old behind the wheel in a driver’s education class really preparing them to handle the road? Some may argue the more chance they get to practice the better off they will be. Others might argue that the driving age should start at 18 and drivers training shouldn’t start until 17 years of age.

No matter the age of the driver one thing is quite apparent. Drinking and driving do not mix! It doesn’t matter how old you are if you have been drinking alcohol do not get behind the wheel of a car. Always designate a driver to be alcohol free or just call a friend to come and pick you up. Whatever your situation is at the time do not risk your life or the life of others by taking a chance and getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

Here we go again. Another July 4th weekend that is supposed to be filled with fun is now filled with tragedy. It has been reported by the Michigan State Police that two teenagers were killed on US-23 from a crash. It happened in Pittsfield Township on Thursday afternoon. The three teens were struck head-on by a pick-up truck. Apparently, the truck driver crossed the median. The teens were driving home from work in a Mercury Sable. They were headed southbound.

There were two men and a girl in the Mercury Sable. The two men died on scene and the teenage girl survived and is currently at the hospital. It appears that the man driving the pick-up truck was a teenager also. This teen might have been drinking and that could be the reason he crossed the median. He is expected to be ok. This accident caused Michigan Avenue in Pittsfield Township to be closed. The crash site was located in the southbound lanes of traffic right before the Michigan Avenue/US-23 overpass.

Of course a full investigation will take place to determine the exact cause of the accident. This type of accident involving teens seems to be all too common. Maybe the laws should change regarding teen drivers? Is a teen that is only 16 years old capable of driving safely? Is the idea of letting a 14 year old behind the wheel in a driver’s education class really preparing them to handle the road? Some may argue the more chance they get to practice the better off they will be. Others might argue that the driving age should start at 18 and drivers training shouldn’t start until 17 years of age.

No matter the age of the driver one thing is quite apparent. Drinking and driving do not mix! It doesn’t matter how old you are if you have been drinking alcohol do not get behind the wheel of a car. Always designate a driver to be alcohol free or just call a friend to come and pick you up. Whatever your situation is at the time do not risk your life or the life of others by taking a chance and getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. For additional information, see more at http://www.akivagoldman.com/michigan-personal-injury-attorney.html.

Heading up North for the Fourth? Don’t forget about safety!

It’s that time of year again! In Michigan you don’t have to look very far to see people enjoying our Great Lakes this time of year! Especially right around the July 4th weekend. A lot of families will be packing up the vans and grabbing the kids to head up north for a fun filled adventure. There are only so many days of nice summer weather to enjoy so why not take full advantage and head up north over the fourth! There is so much to do and so little time!

Always remember a few key safety issues before you make that trip. Since it is the firework season try to incorporate a nice fireworks show to enjoy with your family. It is much safer to go and watch a display than to try and set off the fireworks yourself. However with all of the new laws now in Michigan there are fireworks being sold on just about every corner you pass by. There will be a lot of brave souls lighting off their own firework displays. This will account for an abundant amount of injuries in all of our area hospitals this weekend. If you do decide to light your own fireworks please do so carefully and make sure to keep your children a safe distance away from them. Never allow a child to light off a firework!

Another safety issue to remember has to do with swimming. It is never a good idea to go swimming alone no matter what your age. However, if you do swim alone make sure there is no alcohol involved. There are some risk takers who do not even think twice before drinking a few beers and then going swimming. Not only is it very dangerous but you could be putting your life and the life of the person who tries to save you at risk. It is never a good idea to mix alcohol and swimming! Make sure there are sober adults around to watch your children swimming in the lake or the pool for that matter. Alcohol and water activities should not be mixed!

More than likely when the day comes to an end some of us will be sitting around the campfires. This is not a time to forget about safety issues! Do not allow your children to run around the campfire. There have been numerous accidents involving children falling in to the campfire. Don’t allow flip flops or sandals to be worn near the fire. These can often melt easily and can be a tripping hazard. Also be careful while making that yummy s’more. The roasting of marshmallows can be the favorite part of the weekend as long as there is adult supervision. Don’t allow your children to run around with the long pointed metal marshmallow roasting stick. There are some horrible accidents that have been the result of a child running around and getting severely injured.

Most of all have fun but never forget about safety!

 

Fatal skydiving accident

July 6, 2014, A man from Indiana has died in a skydiving accident. He was 70 years old. According to authorities in southern Michigan, the accident happened about 11 a.m. on Sunday. The Indiana man was pronounced dead at the scene. He was an experienced jumper who fell to earth near Pratt Avenue and Wooley Drive. This is located about a quarter-mile from Brooks Field. Brooks Field is located on approximately 140 acres adjacent to the L. Alta Brooks Industrial Park. There is a single east-west runway of 3,500 feet which serves a wide variety of aircraft.

The statement also says that an investigation is continuing and will involve the police and the Calhoun County medical examiner’s office as well. There is the possibility that the man may have jumped from a plane operated by Skydive Michigan, which leases space at Brooks Field. This is a city-owned, public-use airport which is located one nautical mile south of the central business district of Marshall, a city in Calhoun County, Michigan. Brooks Field was officially dedicated in 1931, although the first plane landed there on November 9, 1929.

As with any sport there comes a risk of injury. The authorities will investigate and put the pieces of this accident together to save lives in the future so this type of tragedy doesn’t occur again. According to Skydive Michigan website their aircraft is a Cessna 182. They are open seven days a week April-October, 9am to sunset. The site goes on to say that Skydive Michigan caters to all levels of skydiving and particularly to students just graduating from student status. The site also states that most jumpers are family-oriented individuals and come out for good, clean fun.


Detroit man dies while lighting fireworks, July 4, 2014

Another Fourth of July tragedy happened on Friday July 4, 2014. It is such a horrible event to take place on a day that is supposed to be filled with celebrations. Some people love to celebrate the July 4th weekend with barbeques and fireworks. A time to relax with friends and family and think of all the people that have fought for our freedom that we enjoy each and every day. The horrible accidents that occur with the use of fireworks needs to come to an end. Has Michigan’s fireworks laws become too broad? Unfortunately, one man has paid the ultimate price for playing with fire.

A Detroit man was killed on the Fourth of July when he was lighting fireworks. It was supposed to fly up in the air and instead it flew horizontally and hit him in the chest. Of course when it hit his chest the firework exploded. The accident occurred around 10:30 p.m. Paramedics rushed to the scene of Plainview near Whitlock where the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Michigan loosened its law on airborne fireworks in 2011. Many retailers assume they will sell more fireworks this weekend because the Fourth fell at the beginning of a long weekend which usually means there will be more celebrations.

Was it really a good idea back in 2011 to legalize the sale of a wider category of consumer fireworks in Michigan? The original idea was to help the state save around $8 million to $10 million annually that was being spent by Michigan residents who traveled to Indiana and Ohio for fireworks. There are also the fees for fireworks sales permits that range from $600 for a temporary location to $1000 for a permanent retail location, and there is a 6 percent tax on the sale of fireworks as well. If we would just leave the firework displays for the professionals that gentleman would have been able to wake up this morning and enjoy another magnificent Michigan summer day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deadly crash in Flint involving a State Trooper

On Thursday, July 3, 2014 there was a crash which involved a Michigan State Police cruiser. This happened on Flint’s north side. There was a short chase on North Street which involved the cruiser. The chase started at Stewart Avenue, around 4:30 p.m. The trooper was chasing a fleeing vehicle. The suspect refused to pull over and ran a stop sign. The trooper from the Flint post tried to pull the suspect’s car over when the trooper crashed into another vehicle traveling through the intersection. Consequently the suspect ran from the scene.

The intersection of North and Pierson is where the cruiser crashed with a Chevy HHR station wagon. This resulted in the flipping of the vehicle on its side on a front lawn. All of the three passengers in the Chevy HHR station were taken to Hurley Medical Center. One passenger died and the other two are listed in critical condition according to the State police. The officer driving was reported to be in stable condition however there was a passenger in the cruiser which was in critical condition. The civilian was doing a ride-along. “We had a short chase that resulted in a collision involving the squad car,’ said MSP Sgt. Rob Smith. “The car involved in the accident was not involved in the chase.”

This proves that accidents can happen at anytime and anywhere. Our daily lives lead us in many different directions. If by chance you happen to be in the area where there is a police chase happening the outcome can turn deadly. This is what happened in Flint just at the beginning of the Fourth of July weekend. An unfortunate reminder that sometimes accidents can happen even when we are doing nothing wrong other than being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Dave Rexroth, Chief Meteorologist at WXYZ, loses sight in eye due to fireworks

July 4, 2014

One of Michigan’s very own, Dave Rexroth, was seriously injured in a fireworks accident on Friday, July 4th, 2014. It is reported by WXYZ that he was vacationing with his family in Iowa City, Iowa. This accident was so severe that Dave lost the sight in his left eye. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday. The hospital is located in Iowa City. This will be the first step in a process of Dave receiving a prosthetic eye. It is reported that he expects to fully recover by September.

Ed Fernandez, vice president and general manager of WXYZ had this to say “Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his family and they have our full support during this difficult time. As Dave recovers, we’ll provide updates on his progress-and we look forward to his return to Action News.” Dave Rexroth was named Chief Meteorologist at WXYZ in August 2010. He provides the latest weather updates and forecasts for all of southeast Michigan. Dave has been forecasting for nearly 20 years.

Dave Rexroth spent three years as the evening meteorologist at WFOR-TV in Miami. He started his career in Des Moines, Iowa at WOI. Dave is once quoted as saying “I like to laugh, and I try to find humor in most situations, but when there is nasty weather it’s my priority to make sure viewers are safe and informed.” This brings to the forefront the horrific accidents that can occur when there are fireworks involved. Michigan has new firework laws that allow the sale of fireworks that are more powerful. Should this law have been passed? I say let’s leave the fireworks for the professionals so we can all enjoy the Fourth with less tragedies.

 

Coast Guard searches for missing boater

Another July 4th weekend and more reports of mishaps on our Great Lakes. The Coast Guard is looking for a boater in West Grand Traverse Bay. This is after a report that an overturned boat was spotted around 6 p.m. the afternoon of July 4th. This happens to be a Seadoo and the keys were found in the ignition of the boat. Also, the Coast Guard has stated that the registration number for the boat is no longer registered to the correct owner. When you purchase a boat it must get registered.

Let this be a reminder to us all that a personal watercraft (PWC) is not a play toy with no rules or regulations. Each person that rides on a PWC must have a United States Coast Guard approved personal floatation device. You must also wear a personal floatation device if you are being towed by a personal watercraft. Are you aware that is illegal to do the following?

  • Jump the wake of another vessel unnecessarily close to the other vessel.
  • Weave your PWC through congested traffic.
  • Swerve at the last possible moment to avoid collision.

A personal watercraft can be a lot of fun! But safety has to come first and foremost. It is important to know that you may not operate a PWC in water less than two feet deep unless you are operating at “slow, no wake speed” perpendicular to the shoreline. Let’s hope that this seadoo was just abandoned and there was no tragic accident that happened to the person who was operating this boat. Extra caution has to be used on such a busy holiday weekend. Everyone wants to have a lot of fun but everyone wants to be able to return home at night after the fun is done. Let’s hope this story has a good outcome.

Ann Arbor man critically hurt in Accident

July 6, 2014, it seems as though the fourth of July is always a busy weekend for accidents. A man was critically hurt early today in an unusual situation. This accident took place in a Traverse City alley. There was a vehicle involved in this incident but it left the scene. The gentleman was 21 years old and he is from Ann Arbor. According to City Police the accident happened at 2:30 a.m. in the South alley of the 100 block of East Front Street, just east of the Union Street Station Bar. Usually nothing good happens in an alley especially at 2:30 in the morning.

There was a witness that told police that the occupants were in a dark colored SUV talking to a group of people near the alley. According to this witness there was a man running alongside the SUV as it left the alley. He saw the victim fall and tumble next to the moving car as it continued toward Cass Street. The witness believes there were four or five people in the SUV, with the driver and the passenger both being male African-American. What were all of these people doing in the alley in the early morning hours? Hopefully, the Traverse City Police will find the answer to this question.

The police now believe the vehicle was a dark metallic blue Chevrolet or GMC SUV, possibly a Tahoe or Yukon, which is missing a driver’s side door handle. A vehicle part was found near the scene. If anyone has information regarding this vehicle or the incident which occurred in the alley please contact the Traverse City Police Department. There may be just a little information that you may be aware of that could help the Police find the people responsible for this accident. For additional information, see more at http://www.akivagoldman.com/michigan-personal-injury-attorney.html.