Monthly Archives: December 2012

Dec 31, 2012 - Pedestrian Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inPedestrian Accidents on Monday, December 31, 2012. Police in York, Pennsylvania say Michael Sharp is a drinker who likes to lead cops on high-speed chases. Sharp is now looking at prison time for his fourth DUI conviction after causing an accident that injured two people, one critically. A Springettsbury Township police lieutenant described Sharp as “the perfect case of someone who should not be out there driving and who is an absolute danger to the community. His criminal driving history is extensive and includes DUI’s, hit and runs, and a prior fleeing and eluding charge, going back many years.” So justice is finally being done, but it took a long time and the suffering of two innocent people to get there. Sharp told the court he didn’t remember much about what happened, so be pleaded guilty. Police remember it well. They say an officer spotted his truck weaving, and when the patrol car lit him up, Sharp took off at a high rate of speed. The pursuing officer called off the chase when it got too dangerous. About a mile later, the suspect blew a traffic light and was T-boned by another vehicle, knocking his truck into a parking lot where it hit two pedestrians. One victim lay in a coma for ten days. Prosecutors and victim’s attorneys across the nation are becoming increasingly frustrated with drunk driving laws. In some states a driver can tuck as many as a […]

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Dec 28, 2012 - Wrongful Death


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Friday, December 28, 2012. At first read, this story sounds like something that cult film director Quentin Tarantino might come up with. He came close in a movie called “Death Proof,” about a maniacal stunt car driver who deliberately smashes into things to kill a female passenger, but this is real life. A 19 year-old Elizabethtown man is accused of driving at over 100 miles per hour into a guardrail and critically injuring his 17 year-old girlfriend, then suffocating her by sitting on her head. The crash happened earlier this month and it took until now for police to assemble the evidence and determine the girl’s death was caused deliberately and not an accident at all. This is what police think happened at 2 AM on a Ralpho Township back on December 4. After learning that his girlfriend might be pregnant, the man took off in his car with her at a high rate of speed, and deliberately plowed into a guardrail at an estimated 100 miles per hour. She was badly hurt. A truck driver came upon the scene shortly afterward and saw the girl hanging out a window shouting “Get off of me.” The trucker called 911 and the operator told him not to move the victims. Police arrived and found the girl face-down on the ground with the man sitting on top of her head and torso. He pretended to be unconscious. But […]

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Dec 26, 2012 - Car Accidents


By Jonathan Russell of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, December 26, 2012. The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is not mincing any words: The government must have access to information about your driving habits and personal vehicle to keep everyone safe. David Strickland told the Detroit News that his agency backs calls from other regulators for mandatory in-vehicle data recorders for crash investigations, and he promises the government will absolutely protect everyone’s privacy. The idea of government investigators collecting information in this fashion, without a search warrant or other legal need beyond a federal regulation, leaves a lot of people interested in their personal privacy uneasy. Some have suggested a driver-controlled switch that could shut the recorders off but Strickland is firm in his opposition; it would be a “horrible thing for safety.” Strickland believes concerns about data recorders are overblown and besides, cars have been storing information in their computer systems for a couple of decades now. They don’t record everything, he says, and they don’t track your location, at least not yet. How hard would it be to advance the argument that knowing the exact location of a wreck could lead to road and intersection safety improvements? NHTSA wants recorders made mandatory in 2014, and will specify what they record and how long the data is retained. The American Automobile Association and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents the auto industry, are demanding privacy protections when the regulations are […]

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