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October 24, 2014

1.2 million Defective Smoke/CO Alarms Recalled by Kidde Because of Alarm Failure

defective%20alarm.jpgSome Kidde alarms may be defective and fail to alert consumers of a fire or a CO incident. Kidde residential smoke alarm model i12010S with manufacture dates between December 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014, combination smoke/CO alarm il2010SCO with manufacture dates between December 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014, and combination smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA with manufacture dates between October 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014 are being recalled by Kidde. The defective alarms are white and round (see picture) with the name Kidded engraved in front of the alarm. These alarms were sold at major retail stores such as Home Depot and also online through Amazon and other online retailers. Consumers who own this product should immediately contact Kidde to have it replaced.
Read more here

October 22, 2014

After hitting a 92 year old pedestrian in Queens, NYC, the driver of the car attempted to flee but was chased by 3 other motorists and forced to stop

A 33 year old driver hit a 92 year old man at 26th Ave and 44th street, in Queens, NYC, Wednesday around 5.30 pm. The driver first stopped at the scene but then started to drive away. Other drivers who had witnessed the accident were able to follow him and hold him until the police arrived. Charges are pending against him.

Read more in the NY Daily News

October 22, 2014

A young man suffered severe burn injuries after he inadvertently created an explosion and set himself on fire in a Brooklyn basement

A young man from Brooklyn using acetone and coconut oil while drying tobacco leaves to prepare for the opening of a Hookah bar set himself on fire after the fumes from the chemicals ignited with the pilot light of the enclosed basement's water heater and caused an explosion. The 22 year old man caught fire and ran out in the street. A video shows the man running with his shirt and pants burning. He was rushed by paramedics to a Medical Center and was later transferred to Cornell Hospital's burn unit for further treatment.

Read more and see video in the NY Daily News

October 21, 2014

Failure to diagnose Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Failure to diagnose Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) can be medical malpractice that can result in bloating, abdominal distention, abdominal pain and discomfort, diarrhea, fatigue and weakness. Complications of SIBO range from mild, including diarrhea and minimal vitamin deficiencies, to severe, including malabsorption and neuropathies due to fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies.

In a recent article in the Washington Post, Sandra G. Boodman, tells the story of a woman who struggled for more than 40 years with this condition. For years she was misdiagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome until she was referred to Gina Sam a gastroenterologist at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan and a specialist in motility disorders, problems that occur as food passes through the digestive tract. Because the woman didn't suffer any pain which is a prominent symptom of Irritated Bowel Symptom, Dr. Sam suspected her patient was suffering from another condition. The doctor was able to properly diagnose her patient with SIBO, a condition that has received new attention as gastroenterologists have focused on the importance of the microbiome, the stew of bacteria and other microorganisms that comprises the gut’s ecosystem and is affected by diet.

Read the complete article here

October 21, 2014

Elderly pedestrian dies after being struck by a dump truck at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, NYC

A 77 year old woman was hit by a dump truck as she was walking on the double yellow line of Flatbush Avenue at Atlantic Ave, a very busy intersection near the Barclays Center. She was rushed to the hospital but didn't survive. The truck driver stayed at the scene and wasn't charged. Read more in DNA Info.

The intersection of Flatbush Ave and Atlantic Ave is a very dangerous intersection in Brooklyn. According to NYC crash mapper there was an average of 5.16 collisions per month at this intersection between August 2011 and February 2014, 4 pedestrians, 4 cyclists, 22 vehicle passengers and 9 drivers suffered personal injury after being involved in an accident at this intersection.

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The intersection where the truck accident happened, picture: courtesy of Google Map

October 20, 2014

Two construction workers prepping for asbestos removal from a government building were injured when a part of a ceiling fell off in Mineola, Long Island, NY

Two New York construction workers got trapped in dangerous asbestos debris and suffered personal injury after a ceiling collapsed and a 30x50 piece of concrete with metal reinforcing rods fell on them. The two workers were part of a crew of 19 people prepping the old Social Services building in Mineola for asbestos removal when the accident happened. The 17 other workers had to be decontaminated for asbestos. See video below

October 20, 2014

Truck Accident Prevention on the FDR Drive: new steel beam installed under the 90th street overpass to prevent trucks from striking the bridge

After many accidents during which trucks have been striking the E. 90th street overpass on the FDR drive in Manhattan, the city installed a metal beam to prevent future accidents. A section of the FDR drive was closed on Saturday for this purpose.
Read more in the New York Daily News and ABC7

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Source: Google map

October 20, 2014

Queens pedestrian severely injured in car accident

A man lost control of his car and struck another car causing it to jump the curb and hit a pedestrian who was knocked down to the pavement in St Albans, Queens, NYC. The pedestrian was transported to the hospital in critical conditions. the driver stayed at the scene and told the police that his brakes failed. The accident is still being investigated by the police.

Read more in the Gothamist


October 20, 2014

A special-needs student from the Bronx, NYC, is in a coma after he fell from a moving school bus

12 year old Ajene Pediford was on his way back from school when he managed to open the school bus emergency door and fell out of the bus. He was critically injured. The family said that the bus accident was preventable and that they had previously warned the school that the boy had a history of acting out, especially on buses.
Ajene Pediford is a special needs student at the Brooklyn Children's Psychiatric Center. He was traveling back from the school to his foster family in the Bronx when the accident happened.

Read more in the New York Daily News

School bus zoom in front

October 17, 2014

The cab driver who killed 9 year old Cooper Stock last January was charged with failure to exercise due care, a traffic infraction that carries a maximum of 15 days in jail

Boy%20killed%20by%20taxi.jpgLast January, 9 year old Cooper Stock was walking on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his father when he was struck by a taxi making a left turn at the intersection of West End and West 97th Street (see previous blog). The cab driver who struck the young boy was charged this month with failure to exercise due care, a traffic violation that carries a maximum of 15 days in jail, fines up to $750, a license suspension of up to 6 months and a mandatory drivers'ed course.

Read more in Street Blog