Authorities are reporting that a 32-year-old Louisville man was killed when his motorcycle crashed into a car in Boone County on Saturday afternoon. Police are reporting that the motorcyclist was driving east on Burlington Pike at Shady Hollow when his motorcycle collided head-on with a 2003 Honda Accord driven by a 50-year-old Florence woman at about 2:20 p.m.
Our sympathies and condolences go out to the friends and families of everyone involved. Hopefully, all responsible parties will have sufficient insurance coverage to pay for the harms and losses they are responsible for causing. It is often advantageous for an accident reconstructionist to be consulted to investigate a wreck of this magnitude. Though driver error appears to be a culprit, only a full investigation can determine whether there may have been other causes such as maintenance or design issues of the vehicles or roadways.

We use our blog as a forum to educate the public using real life events. However, we are very sensitive to the fact that these real life events have resulted in a tragedy that will inflict great pain and sorrow on those involved and those close to the victim(s). As such, we understand that they may not approve, and we will immediately remove a post if a victim or their loved ones makes that request.

Three statutes were enacted in Kentucky in 2008 that were designed to prevent bullying by students and hold bullies accountable for their conduct. Many people are unaware that there are legal remedies for victims of bullying, and that most types of bullying is now a crime.

Bullying/Harassment:

KRS 525.070 states that a person is guilty of harassment when, with the intent to intimidate, harass, annoy or alarm another person, he or she, being enrolled as a student in a local school district, and while on school premises, on school -sponsored transportation, or at a school-sponsored event, a student does one of the following: (1) Damages or commits a theft of the property of another student, (2) substantially disrupts the operation of the school, or (3) Creates a hostile environment by means of any gestures, written communications, oral statements, or physical acts that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know would cause another student to suffer fear of physical harm, intimidation, humiliation, or embarassment.

The number of Americans in nursing homes and assisted care facilities continues to grow, and the number of elderly Kentucky residents living in nursing homes mirrors this national trend.

There are some very fine nursing homes in Kentucky. However, unfortunately, many residents of Kentucky nursing homes are, quite simply, in jeopardy, because of poorly-managed and/or under-staffed homes run by nursing home corporations that place profit over the well-being of their elderly residents.

Fortunately, there are people who care about this problem and are willing to do something about it. The attorney authoring this post, Vanessa Cantley, is one example [reach Vanessa here]. Another is the online watch-dog, Member of the Family (www.memberofthefamily.net).

Louisville, Kentucky area Marathon gas stations have issued a warning about the gas they have recently sold. It contains more than 10% ethanol, which means it is unsafe for smaller engines and motors like chain saws, leaf blowers, lawn mowers and motorcycles. It could cause engines to run too hotter and faster than normal.

The gas was not sold in Jefferson County, Kentucky, but was distributed to more than 40 counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The recall covers gas sold since March 3 by Marathon, Speedway and any other stations supplied by Marathon.

More information including the counties affected can be found here.

Authorities are reporting that a Kentucky man was killed Sunday afternoon when his car was hit head-on. Kentucky State Police is reporting that Michael Benedict, 17, crossed the center line on Lincoln Park Road in Washington County and hit an oncoming car driven by Joseph Linton. Authorities are reporting that Linton was killed and Michael Benedict was flown to UofL Hospital.

Our sympathies and condolences go out to the friends and families of everyone involved. Hopefully, all responsible parties will have sufficient insurance coverage to pay for the harms and losses they are responsible for causing. It is often advantageous for an accident reconstructionist to be consulted to investigate a wreck of this magnitude. Though driver error appears to be a culprit, only a full investigation can determine whether there may have been other causes such as maintenance or design issues of the vehicles or roadways.

We use our blog as a forum to educate the public using real life events. However, we are very sensitive to the fact that these real life events have resulted in a tragedy that will inflict great pain and sorrow on those involved and those close to the victim(s). As such, we understand that they may not approve, and we will immediately remove a post if a victim or their loved ones makes that request.

The U.S. Consumer Safety Commission (“CPSC”) has warned consumers that some recalled products, originally sold by Meijer, have been resold after the product was recalled. This apparently was due to an “error”. The CPSC is reporting that these recalled products were improperly disposed of by offering them for sale at discount retailers, dollar stores, liquidation firms, flea markets and thrift stores nationwide at varying prices.

For more information, a detailed list, and pictures of the recalled items go to the CPSC’s website at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12126.html.

Here are some of the recalls and warnings from this past week of note:

1. Gore Bicycle Brake Cables: May cause brake failure. Learn more here.

2. GTC Advance Extra Grip Tires. Line: AR215. Size: P235/75R15 LT. Find out more here.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Hong Kong Genexy Group Co. Ltd., of Hong Kong, has announced a voluntary recall of the Umbro Boys’ outerwear jackets. Anyone who has one of these jackets should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

The jacket in question has a retractable elastic drawstring at the waist with a toggle that could become snagged or caught in small spaces or doorways; this poses a hazard for smaller children., CPSC issued guidelines (pdf) about drawstrings in children’s upper outerwear and in 1997, those guidelines were incorporated into a voluntary standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

The family of a 15-year-old girl who died from injuries sustained in a car accident have filed suit against the Utah Department of Transportation.

In a tragic sequence of events Michael Barneck drove his daughter Justine and her friend on State Road 35 to drop off the friend at her house. Less than an hour later, Barneck and his daughter were returning home and were not aware that the road in front of them had collapsed creating a chasm more than 20 feet deep and 30 feet wide. “The road had collapsed as a result of water that gradually backed up at the point where the creek bed passes under SR35 near Tabiona,” the lawsuit states.

Barneck’s Ford Excursion struck a piece of asphalt where the road had given way. The velocity of the SUV carried it over the hole, and it crashed on the far side. Justine died from injuries in the crash. Michael Barneck suffered serious injuries, the lawsuit states.

Gerber has recalled some batches of Gerber® Good Start® Gentle powdered formula, and is offering a replacement to consumers.

The formula involved in the recall is Gerber® Good Start® Gentle powdered infant formula in the 23.2 ounce plastic package from batch GXP1684 expiration date of March 5, 2013.

Gerber says some cases of vomiting and other gastrointestinal complaints have been reported.