Bill Would Make Public Car Crash, Injury Reports

Accident with injuries in Town of Mosel


On Monday, Blumenthal, a former state attorney general, urged U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to require GM to create a victims fund and not be able to use its 2009 bankruptcy shield to protect itself. “I believe the federal government has a moral, if not legal, obligation to take all necessary steps to protect innocent consumers,” Blumenthal wrote, adding his belief that the company engaged in “deliberate concealment” of the condition involving the vehicles and saying that “constituted a fraud on the bankruptcy court that approved its reorganization.” In releasing their legislation this morning, Markey and Blumenthal said GM “has admitted to knowing for at least a decade about the ignition switch defect in Chevy Cobalts and Saturn Ions that have led to the massive recall and NHTSA failed to connect the dots.” While GM documents indicate problems with ignition switches were detected as early as 2001, it wasn’t until late last year when the company gathered enough information to conclude defective ignition switches could be jostled out of position, potentially disabling a vehicle’s air bags. But over the years, NHTSA received hundreds of complaints about stalling or air bags not deploying, a fact the senators said warrants a change in the reporting law. Required under a 2000 law passed in the wake of the Firestone tire safety recall, EWR documents on deaths and injuries from crashes — as well as potentially related components — are submitted to NHTSA each quarter. “A massive information breakdown at NHTSA has led to deadly vehicle breakdowns on our roads,” said Markey, a member of Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. “The Department of Transportation has the authority to require critical safety information be made publicly available, but it has never used its authority.” “NHTSA’s job should be to make life-saving information available, not more difficult to access. This up-to-date, accessible database will be a vital tool for drivers and consumer advocates in preventing future harm,” added Blumenthal. Rather than just submitting summary information on crashes, the legislation would require automakers to provide an accident report or other documentation that first alerted it to any fatality. NHTSA would then be forced to make those documents public unless there is a privacy or competitive reason not to do so. The bill would also require NHTSA to consider EWR data when investigating safety defects and upgrade its online databases to make them easier to search all at once.
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Multiple injuries in 3-vehicle crash

Caution tape and police vehicles block off the entrance of Red River Street on 9th Street after a fatal incident. Image: Brian Anthony Hernandez/Mashable 2014-03-27 20:52:40 UTC DeAndre “Dre” Tatum, 18, of Fort Worth, Texas, died on Thursday from injuries sustained after a suspected drunken driver crashed through a crowd at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin earlier this month. Tatum is the fourth person to die from the devastating incident that occurred when an intoxicated man slammed his gray Honda Civic through a street barricade and into a crowd of SXSW concertgoers while fleeing police. Jamie West, 27, Steven Craenmehr, 35, and Sandy Le, 26 are the other three victims. More than 20 people were injured. See also: SXSW Crash Victim Treated to Private Concert in Her Hospital Room “The news of DeAndre Tatum’s passing is very sad to us @Austin_Police,” Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted . The news of DeAndre Tatum’s passing is very sad to us @Austin_Police . Our thoughts & prayers go out to family & friends may God comfort all. Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) March 27, 2014 Rashad Charjuan Owens, the 21-year-old driving the Honda Civic, has been charged with murder and is being held on $3 million bond. DeAndre Tatum, the 4th victim of the #SXSW crash, passed away as a result of his injuries.
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A three-vehicle chain-reaction crash this afternoon sent several people to the hospital and temporarily shut down West National Road just west of Frederick Pike. Crews were called to the accident around 4:40 p.m., in which a Chevrolet Uplander minivan struck one car before going off the road and into a wooded area, striking a tree. “It appears a vehicle rear-ended a vehicle that was stopped in traffic,” Butler Twp. police Officer Robert Todd said. That vehicle, a Honda Civic, then rear-ended a Volvo that also was stopped in traffic, he said. Three people were taken by ambulance to the hospital from the scene, Todd said. Police didn’t release the names of those involved in the crash, saying it was still under investigation. More News
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Fourth Person Dies From Injuries in SXSW Crash

He had been in a medically induced coma since the crash. That brings the death toll to four; two died the day of the crash, a third a few days later. Rapper and alleged drunk driver Rashad Owens of Texas has been charged with capital murder and is being held on $3 million bond; NBC News reports more charges are expected. Tatum, 18, had been outside an Austin club with his girlfriend, Curtisha Davis, when the pair were struck by the speeding car, which careened through a police barricade. Davis suffered broken bones and a neck injury but was released from the hospital within days. Shortly after the crash, Tatum’s mother noted her son had “a broken leg, a broken pelvis bone, and a severe brain injury,” which a doctor at University Medical Center Brackenridge called “some of the worst injuries that we see and not everybody with these kinds of injuries survives.” Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo addresses the media during a press conference about the tragic accident during SXSW. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Laura Skelding) Bystanders and a paramedics tend to people who were struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas, at SXSW on Wednesday March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner) ADVERTISEMENT
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Fourth Person Dies Following SXSW Car Crash


CDT by Mike Kinzel accident TOWN OF MOSEL, WI (WHBL) – An SUV and milk truck collided north of Sheboygan Friday morning, causing injuries. Lt. Mark Rupnik with the Sheboygan County Sheriffs Department said the accident occurred around 10:05 a.m. at the intersection of County Y and FF in the Town of Mosel. The driver of the SUV, a 30 year old Sheboygan Falls woman, was flown by Flight for Life to Theda Clark in Neenah with unknown injuries. Two children in the vehicle were transported to St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan for minor injuries. The driver of the milk truck, a 47 year old Manitowoc man, was uninjured. The accident remains under investigation.
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No injuries in Ukiah armored car crash

Read about it here[ NBC ] The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius was adjourned on Friday until April 7 due tothe illness of one of the legal assistants of Judge Thokozile Masipa. When the trial resumes, theSouth African Paralympic and Olympic track star is expected to take the stand in his own defense. Read about it here[ Reuters ] Hip Pop Hooray! Obamacare enrollment has reachedsix million, surpassing its original goal of hitting the number by the time open enrollment ends on March 31. Congrats Obama! Read about it here[ ThinkProgress ] Time to see if Selena Gomez is a ride or die chick. The former Disney star wassubpoenaed to testify in one of Justin Biebersphotographer assault lawsuits. According to TMZ,the summons is for a deposition in a lawsuit filed by an L.A.
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If You Don’t Know! News & Politics Roundup: 4th Person Dies From SXSW Car Crash…AND MORE!

The Garda truck was headed north when the large vehicle hit the center divide, shot across the highway and became airborne, emergency officials said. It landed on its wheels down in an embankment alongside the highway. No injuries were reported. What caused the driver to crash remained under investigation Friday. Further information was not available from the CHP. A driver apparently lost control of an armored car on Highway 101 Thursday morning in Ukiah and crashed down an embankment. The Garda truck was headed north when the large vehicle hit the center divide, shot across the highway and became airborne, emergency officials said. It landed on its wheels down in an embankment alongside the highway. No injuries were reported.
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4th Person Dead in SXSW Crash

The tragic car crash that occurred in Austin on March 13 during SXSW has claimed another victim. DeAndre Tatum, 18, died due to injuries sustained in the accident in the pre-dawn hours outside a packed club. The latest death was verified by the Austin Police Department. our editor recommends PHOTOS: The Scene at SXSW 2014 Rashad Charjuan Owens, the man accused of driving his car into a crowd gathered on Red River while attempting to escape the police, is currently being held on a bond of $3 million in the Travis County jail. He is facing one count of capital murder, and if convicted could face the death penalty. Twenty-four people were initially injured in the crash; two died at the scene, and two, now including Tatum, died later from their injuries. A breath test indicated Owens’ blood-alcohol content was .114, exceeding the legal limit of .08, according to an arrest warrant. STORY:SXSW Accident: Musicians React on Twitter The question of additional capital murder charges against suspect Owens is still being considered. “Texas State law requires two or more deaths in the same criminal transaction for the filing of a capital murder charge,” according to a release from the Austin Police Department. DeAndre Tatum, the 4th victim of the #SXSW crash, passed away as a result of his injuries.
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