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Lauderhill-hit-and-run-300x168A Lauderhill mother and her two children had to be hospitalized with serious injuries after a hit-and-run driver pushed them off the road and caused them to crash into a tree. The names of the woman, 35, and her two kids aged 4 and 8 have not yet been released.

According to Lauderhill Police and Fire Rescue, the crash took place near Pine Island Road and Commercial Boulevard a little before 11 a.m. on January 14. The woman was driving a BMW when a dark-colored vehicle police described as a “multi-seat, limousine-style bus” performed an illegal U-turn in front of her and forced her to swerve out of the way and crash into a tree.

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Royal_Carribean_Tour_Accident_1-300x213Eight passengers have filed a lawsuit in a Miami federal court on Monday against Royal Caribbean Cruises for a crash in January last year that left one traveler dead and wounded several others.

The plaintiffs include residents from Illinois, Michigan, Connecticut, North Carolina, and one man from Florida. They are requesting damages and a trail by jury for the “permanent or continuing” injures they sustained that will cause them to suffer “loses and impairments in the future.”

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Gary-Nawrocki-232x300Gary Nawrocki of Palm Beach, Florida was arrested on January 5 and is facing homicide charges for the death of Kristi Jo Hook. Hook, 45, was severely injured in December 2015 after an explosion in her home burned 60 percent of her body.

Nawrocki, 46, was reportedly with Hook at the time of the explosion and failed to take her to a hospital for treatment. He faces arson and homicide charges. His bail was set at $120,000 by Palm Beach County Judge Caroline Shepherd. News sources did not name an attorney for Nawrocki.

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Esteban-Santiago-169x300Suspected airport shooter Esteban Santiago reportedly told investigators that he planned the shooting on Friday that led to the death of five and wounded six. Santiago, 26, faces numerous federal charges for the killings and is scheduled to appear in federal court today. If convicted, he could potentially get the death penalty or life imprisonment.

Santiago is accused of using a Walther 9 mm, which was reportedly his only piece of checked luggage on his Delta flight from Anchorage to Fort Lauderdale, to shoot travelers at the baggage claim area in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. He reportedly loaded the gun in the bathroom of the baggage claim area, walked out and started shooting. He fired 10 to 15 rounds before dropping his handgun and surrendering to authorities.

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Philip Varsam Hit and RunMake no mistake about it – Philip Varsam was drinking at a New Year’s Eve party the night he hit Alkiva Douglas as Douglas road his bicycle along the 6700 block of Northwest Ninth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. We know this because Varsam admitted it to police. We also know it because police smelled the odor of alcohol emanating from his breath as they spoke.

According to Supervising Assistant State Attorney Ross Weiner, who is a very experienced prosecutor, passengers in Varsam’s 2015 Lexus stated that they had been drinking at three bars in Palm Beach before the crash. THREE!

This information begs a very important question that I am sure is on Alkiva Douglas’s family’s mind: Will Philip Varsam go to prison for DUI?

This article will break this case down piece by piece to explain how Traffic Homicide cases are investigated. We will explain what will happen in court and why DUI may or may not be charged. We will also discuss the role civil liability for Wrongful Death and punitive damages will play in this case.

This is a case with a lot of moving parts that touches on both criminal and civil causes of action. Continue reading for the full story.

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