New data shows steep increase in motorcycle deaths in Minnesota

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"According to recent data, motorcycle riding is more deadly than ever before. The team of analysts at QuoteWizard by Lendingtree, found that motorcycle fatalities have increased by 43% in Minnesota since 2019 - the 7th highest increase nationwide. There were 5,579 motorcycle fatalities nationwide in 2020 - the highest number ever recorded. The rise in fatalities also seems to be getting worse. Preliminary estimates indicate motorcycle deaths will pass 6,000 a year once 2021 totals are tabulated. The data found that motorcycle fatalities are heavily influenced by three factors: alcohol, climate and helmet use. Warmer, southern states with weather conducive…

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Pickup truck driver collides with RV causing injuries mother and daughter

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"A North County mother of four is hospitalized after the driver of a pickup truck collided with the RV she was driving on July 15. Michelle Plaketta said her four children and the family dog were inside the RV at the time of the collision in Anza on California Highway 371 at the intersection of Kirby Road. Her 17-year-old daughter and the family dog were ejected from the RV when the vehicle broadsided the pickup truck and rolled over. Her daughter and the dog were napping in the bed over the cab when the crash happened. The girl was treated…

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Paralyzed Duluth woman settles lawsuit against 3M ‘huffing’ accident

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"Nearly a decade after she was paralyzed by a driver who passed out while inhaling dust remover, a Duluth woman has settled her years-long legal battle against 3M. Ashen Diehl, 42, sued the Twin Cities-based conglomerate in 2018, six years after she was hit while walking along an East Superior Street sidewalk with her daughter. The driver admitted to "huffing" the chemical compound from an aerosol can before the collision, which has left Diehl permanently in a wheelchair. Diehl's lawsuit, once dismissed before being revived by an appeals court, was finally set to go before a Duluth jury this week…

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Public health employee killed by pack of dogs

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"An Alabama Department of Public Health employee was killed when a pack of dangerous dogs attacked her, according to the sheriff’s office. She was investigating an earlier dog attack at the time. Jacqueline Beard, an Alabama Department of Public Health employee, was investigating a dog attack from earlier in the week, but she was then fatally attacked by the same pack of dogs, WAFF reports. Someone called law enforcement Friday regarding a suspicious vehicle on Crumpton Road outside of Red Bay. When deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrived, they discovered Beard, who was pronounced dead on the scene.…

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Box truck bursts into flames after being hit by car

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"On Monday afternoon, Minnesota Department of Transportation cameras captured footage of a collision between a white sedan and a box truck that ended with the truck bursting into flames and nearly going over the overpass railing. A vehicle attempting to merge onto collided with the side of the box truck around 2:30 p.m. on Highway 10 in Blaine. Video shows, the car then spins out as the box truck drives right into the overpass guardrail, exploding in a blaze. Everyone involved sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to state troopers." Read more on this story here. The video is shocking to watch.…

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Wrongful death case reaches settlement for family of Naya Rivera

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"Actor Naya Rivera's family is settling a wrongful death lawsuit over her accidental drowning in a lake in Southern California. Rivera, 33, who was best known for her role as Santana Lopez in the hit TV show “Glee,” drowned while she was boating with her then-4-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, on Lake Piru in July 2020. In November of that year, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Ventura County, where the lake is located. Her former husband, Ryan Dorsey, sued on behalf of Josey, Rivera’s estate and her business manager. The suit accuses Ventura County, its parks and recreation…

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Meat packing plant factory worker dies in machine-related accident

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"Just before 3:30 p.m. Friday, officers were called to JBS, 555 South Stuhr Road, after a machine reportedly crashed into a man’s head, killing him. GIPD identified the man as Esteban Mantilla, a 48-year-old Cuban man from Grand Island. Sgt. Phoukhong Manivong said Sunday that officers gave CPR to Mantilla before he was taken to CHI Health-St. Francis where he was pronounced deceased. On Tuesday, Capt. Jim Duering said GIPD does not suspect any criminal activity and that the incident has been deemed “an industrial accident.”" More details on the accident can be found here. Currently, OSHA is investigating the…

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Woman charged for pedestrians death in DWI accident

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"A woman was driving more than 60 mph and under the influence of drugs when she smashed into a parked car, careened off the road and struck a pedestrian in Falcon Heights, according to charges filed against her this week. Abigail Anderson, 29, was killed in the August crash in Falcon Heights. She was a registered pediatric nurse and a runner, the sister of professional runner Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald. Grunewald died in June 2019 at age 32 after living for 10 years with adenoid cystic carcinoma. Both were athletes at the University of Minnesota. The Ramsey County sheriff’s office identified…

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Wrongful death suit to proceed in 2013 killing of 4-year-old MN boy

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"Wednesday, the Minnesota Supreme Court cleared the way for a wrongful death lawsuit in the death of 4-year-old Eric Dean to continue. Dean was killed by his stepmother Amanda Peltier in 2013 after repeated abused throughout his young life. Peltier is currently serving life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder. Dean's estate accuses Pope County and three child protection workers of not reporting the abuse to law enforcement, and that the inaction ultimately caused the child's death." Read more on this story and watch the video here. Prior rulings on this case had determined that the workers and…

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Minnesota woman dies in construction accident in North Dakota

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"A road construction worker was killed in the eastern North Dakota community of Cooperstown when she was struck by a dump truck. The Highway Patrol said the truck was backing up to pour asphalt on the roadway when it hit the 50-year-old woman from Odessa, Minn. She was pronounced dead at the scene about 5 p.m. Thursday. Her name wasn’t immediately released. The patrol is continuing to investigate." Read the article on this story here. Clearly, there was negligence in this tragedy and the investigation into this worker's death will hopefully reveal who is responsible. The most important question is…

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