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An ambulette driver was charged with criminally negligent homicide in connection with the death of an 86-year-old nursing home resident.

Juan Garcia who was transporting 86 year old Theresa Massagli in a wheelchair failed to buckle her seat belt. When he made a sudden stop, she flew out of her wheelchair and landed on her hip. Even though she was crying and moaning because of the pain, the driver dropped her back at the Goldcrest nursing home instead of bringing her to nearby Jacobi Hospital. She was then examine by a doctor and a nurse on duty at the nursing home and put to bed. After her children were informed of the incident they took their mother to the Westchester Square hospital where she was diagnosed with a broken left hip and pelvis. She died after few weeks of excruciating pain.

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Because Dietary supplements are available in health stores without prescriptions most consumers believe they are safe. But Some Body Building, Weight Loss and Sexual Enhancement dietary supplements contains hidden ingredients that can cause serious personal injury and sometimes lead to death.

Last week after 56 six cases of liver injuries and one death case were linked to the use of OxyElite Pro Dietary Supplements, the manufacturer USPlabs recalled all products containing Aegeline and VERSA -1, two illegal ingredients. (for more see USA Today)

The production of the sport supplement “Craze” was suspended by the manufacturer Driven Sports at the end of last month after tests conducted by the Harvard Medical School revealed the supplement contains potentially dangerous amounts of methamphetamine analog. The owner of Driven Sports, Matt Cahill was convicted in 2005 of felony charges for the sale of the weight-loss pills made from a highly toxic chemical pesticide banned from human consumption. He served two years in prison. (see Boston Globe)

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Another pedestrian was killed in a car accident in New York. A 74 year old woman was in a crosswalk on E. 141st street in South Bronx when she was hit by an SUV heading South on Beekman Street. She suffered a severe head injury and died at the hospital.

After striking the pedestrian, the SUV jumped the curb and ran into a building. The driver, a 47 year old woman and her passenger, an 8 year old girl suffered minor injuries.

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medical_device_alarm_safety_infographic.jpgHere is the 2014 top 10 Health Technology Hazards just released by the ECRI Institute. This list is developed every year and highlights the health technology safety topics that the ECRI Institute’s Health Devices Group believes warrant the most attention for the coming year.

TOP 10 HEALTH TECHNOLOGY HAZARDS FOR 2014

1. Alarm Hazards (click on infographic to enlarge)

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A young father died in front of his family after being struck by a crazy driver racing down a sidewalk in the Bronx, New York. Startling video shows the enraged driver racing a dark green 1998 Toyota Sienna down the sidewalk on E. 233rd St. in Wakefield as panicked families ran for cover. Seconds later, construction worker Derrick Callender, 32, was fatally struck
Read more and look at the video in the New York Daily News

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leg%20rest.jpgA 70 year old man died after being assaulted by another resident at Ocean Promenade Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Rockaway, Queens, New York last night. The attacker used the leg rest of a wheel chair to beat the victim to death according to the police.A dispute over the curtain between their beds sparked the attack. The two men who were sharing the same room since July never got along according to residents.

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After too many pedestrians suffered personal injury or wrongful death in traffic accidents on Fourth Ave in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York City proposed to trim traffic lanes to slow speeding drivers. This proposal was rejected by the Brooklyn Community Board 10. According to the Brooklyn Daily, some board members said they wanted the avenue to keep its current format, even if it endangers residents walking in the neighborhood.
A previous study for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the six-mile thoroughfare was the third most dangerous road in Brooklyn, tied with Avenue U and Eastern Parkway. The study shows that 4 pedestrians were killed on the strip between 2008 and 2010, mostly elderly and children. This year, two pedestrians have been killed at this location.

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Courtesy of Department of Transportation: The city was also proposing an island to give refuge to pedestrians crossing Fourth Avenue on the southern side of 86th Street. The board rejected it as well.

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Jose Torres, 57, died yesterday after being struck by a tow truck in a Crosswalk at East 181st Street and Southern Boulevard in the Bronx, New York. The police are still investigating the reason for the accident. Read more in the New York Daily News

Earlier this week on Wednesday afternoon 12 year old Samuel Cohen-Eckstein was struck by a van as he ran across a Brooklyn street in New York to chase after a soccer ball. The boy who suffered serious injury was rushed to the hospital where he died. Read more in The New York Daily News

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1 person died and 11 suffered serious personal injury and were hospitalized with two having to receive liver transplants following multiple non viral Acute Hepatitis cases in Hawaii. Out of a total of 29 cases, 24 were linked to a dietary supplement product labeled as OxyElite Pro.

The CDC is looking at other cases of liver injury nationwide that may be related.

The dietary product OxyElite Pro was pulled out from shelves nationwide and USPlabs LLC of Dallas stopped its distribution.Consumers who have bought this product should stop to use it immediately. Consumers who believe they have been armed by using this product or any other dietary supplement should contact their doctor immediately.

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A pedestrian died after he was hit by a car driven by a drunk off duty cop last Friday early in the morning on Richmond Terrace near Simonson Ave. in Mariners Harbor in Staten Island, New York.

William Hemphill, 51, a union operating engineer was crossing the road to go to work at the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company shipping office, when the car driven by NYPD off duty cop Joseph McClean hit him so hard that he landed a block away. Paramedics rushed Hemphill to a Staten Island hospital, where he died.

NYPD cop Joseph McClean was charged with DWI.