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A Pompano Beach, Florida tow truck/public transit bus collision sent 32 people to area hospitals on Thursday, news sources report. The victims were not immediately available following the incident; they were treated at several area hospitals. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. So far, no charges have been filed. It remains to be seen whether any of the victims will file for damages.

The bus in the case is part of the Broward County Transit system – bus #0736. Sources did not identify the driver by name. The tow truck involved in the crash is reportedly part of Auto Club Towing, which is based off Sheridan Street in Hollywood. The driver of that vehicle has likewise not been identified. Auto Club Towing appears to have remained mum regarding the crash, as has the Broward County Transit system.

According to reports, the incident occurred around 3:45 Thursday afternoon in the 1400 block of West Sample Road in Pompano Beach, near the crossing of Andrews Avenue. Reports say a tow truck was behind the bus in the same lane when it rear-ended the bus. Further details, such as whether the bus was stopping at the time, were not available.

In all, 32 people were injured in the collision; it is unclear how many of them were in the bus or the tow truck. One of the victims apparently sustained serious injuries, while the others sustained more minor injuries. The majority of the victims were taken to Northwest Medical Center, Broward Health North Medical Center, and Broward Health Imperial Point. Nine victims were taken to the Holy Cross Hospital. An update on the victims’ conditions was not immediately available at press time.

Rear-end collisions with buses are common, since buses frequently stop at bus stops to unload and pick up passengers. Earlier this month, a Davie school bus was struck from behind by a pickup truck in a crash that injured four people, two of whom were minors, sources report. The victims’ injuries appear to have been minor. The details of the crash are still under investigation. “The truck driver appeared to be at fault,” a police spokesperson reportedly said of the incident.
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Qwentyn Hunter drowned aboard a Miami, Florida Carnival Cruise ship Monday, news sources report. The cruise ship was still at sea at the time of the tragic accident. Six-year-old Hunter, of Winter Garden, was pronounced dead after being pulled from the pool. An investigation is currently ongoing. It is too soon to say whether charges will be filed or if Hunter’s family will file for damages.

Carnival Cruises is based out of the city of Miami. The cruise line’s massive luxury ships go on four to seven-day journeys across the scenic Caribbean and the Bahamas. The ships come equipped with large swimming pools, sometimes with accouterments like water slides.

Despite having large swimming areas with recreational equipment on their ships, as well as the large number of children aboard some cruises, many cruise lines do not have lifeguards. “Parental supervision is required for children under 13,” a Carnival Cruise spokesperson said following the incident. “In this case, there was a parent present at the time of the incident.”

According to reports, Hunter was aboard the cruise line’s Carnival Victory vessel, which was out on a four-day cruise across the Caribbean. Hunter was with his parents and his 10-year-old brother, sources say. On Sunday, the family went to the vessel’s pool for a swim, reports indicate.

Hunter ended up going underwater and drowning unnoticed, sources allege. When he was spotted, several passengers promptly brought Hunter from the bottom of the pool to the deck. Sadly, attempts to resuscitate Hunter failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities boarded the Carnival Victory to investigate the drowning when it returned to port in Miami on Monday. An investigation into the tragic death is now underway. Police have not said whether they will treat this as an accident or a criminal case. It remains to be seen whether Hunter’s family will pursue a civil case against Carnival Cruises.

At least one other child nearly drowned aboard a cruise ship that did not have lifeguards this year, the press says. Four-year-old Chase Lykken of Minnesota was aboard the Disney Fantasy cruise ship in Port Canaveral, Florida in March when she reportedly narrowly escaped a drowning accident. Lykken did, however, suffer serious brain damage.
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Matthew Scott Danchak of Tamarac, Florida was critically injured Friday after he got out of his car following a crash and was struck by a semi, which fled the scene, news sources report. The other driver involved in the initial car accident was not publicly identified; it is unclear if she or he was injured. Danchak, 34, was rushed to the Broward Health North hospital for treatment following the crash. Police are currently investigating; so far, the hit-and-run driver has not been apprehended or charged. It is unclear whether Danchak or his family will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident happened around 12:40 Friday afternoon in the northbound lanes of the Sawgrass Expressway, near the exit onto Sample Road. Danchak was reportedly involved in a crash on the expressway that propelled his car in the median of the highway. The other driver’s car came to a rest on the right shoulder of the expressway, sources indicate. The details of that crash were not available at press time.

Based on reports, Danchak was relatively unhurt after his car stopped in the median. Sources say Danchak got out of his car and attempted to cross the highway in the direction of the other driver’s vehicle after the crash. As Danchak was crossing the expressway, he was struck by the front right side of a semi pulling a box trailer, sources allege. The driver of the tractor-trailer does not appear to have stopped for any duration of time after the accident. Reports described the tractor and trailer as white. The tractor was apparently damage in the crash and is missing its right front mirror.

Danchak sustained severe injuries after being hit by the truck; he was rushed to Broward Health North. An update on his condition was not immediately available at press time. It is unclear whether the other driver was hospitalized.
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Antonio Castovinci of Delray Beach, Florida was arrested Tuesday in connection to a crash with driver Edwin Loder and his passenger Charlotte Loder back in January, news sources report. Edwin, of Boynton Beach, sustained cuts and a rib fracture in the crash, while Charlotte sustained a badly bruised leg. After the results of a toxicology report came in, Castovinci, 61, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of using false information to obtain a driver’s license and driving under the influence. A county judge set his bail bond at $45,000. The press did not specify a defense lawyer for Castovinci.

According to reports, Castovinci had his Florida license suspended in August 1999 for unspecified reasons. At that time, Castovinci went by Antonio Castrovinci. Only a month later, he re-applied for a Florida license with the last name Castovinci, sources allege. Castovinci allegedly tweaked his social security number and changed his birth date as well and was awarded a license.

The incident occurred on January 18 in the 14600 block of South Military Trail in Delray Beach, reports say. Castovinci was behind the wheel of his 2002 VMW when he drove into the side the Loder’s car, reports say. Additional details regarding the crash, such as whether either driver was attempting a turn, were not available.

Edwin Loder and Castovinci both sustained injuries to their ribs in the accident and were rushed to the Delray Beach Medical Center, sources indicate. Charlotte Loder sustained more minor injuries, but she also required treatment, sources say. It is not clear whether any of the injuries have had lasting repercussions.

Initially, when questioned by police, Castovinci reportedly said he had not consumed alcohol prior to the crash. However, officials allegedly claim that Castovinci displayed signs of drunkenness at the Delray Beach clinic following the crash. Officials conducted a toxicology test with Castovinci’s blood on the night of the crash, sources say.

The report, which came back on August 13, showed Castovinci had a blood alcohol level of .093 and .094, much higher than the limit of .08. Castovinci also tested positive for a sedative called Clonazepam, reports say. It is not clear whether he has a prescription.
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Ernest Bagnoli of Oakland Park, Florida was injured in a hit-and run accident Thursday, news sources report. Bagnoli, 55, sustained minor injuries and was taken to the Broward Health Medical Center for treatment. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. So far, the hit-and-run driver has not been arrested or charged. The Broward County Crime Stoppers are offering a $3,000 reward to anyone who provides information that results in the arrest of the fleeing driver. It is unclear whether Bagnoli will file for damages if the driver is caught.

Reports say the accident happened around 6:00 Thursday morning near the intersection of Dixie Highway and Prospect Road in Oakland Park. Bagnoli was northbound on Dixie aboard his 2008 Honda Scooter at the time. While the details of what happened next are still unknown, reports say a truck collided with Bagnoli near the intersection of Prospect Road, then promptly fled the scene.

Bagnoli was taken to the Broward Health Medical Center with injuries that were deemed non-lethal. Meanwhile, investigators canvassed the scene of the crash. Initial reports from people who observed the accident indicated that the hit-and-run vehicle was a dark-colored sedan. However, the investigators recovered debris at the scene that indicate the hit-and-run vehicle was a dark-colored Ford pickup rather than a sedan. It is not yet known whether police have any leads.

Hit-and-run crashes are rampant throughout South Florida and many of the U.S.’s most populated areas. In many cases, drivers flee because they do not have valid licenses. A study by the AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety revealed that 21% of all the deadly crashes between 1993 and 1999 involved drivers who did not have valid licenses to drive. Leaving the scene is not only against the law, it oftentimes leaves the victim or victims without aid. If no one is nearby to report the accident, the victim could die when they might have otherwise lived.

Two Fort Pierce residents were killed earlier this week in a hit-and-run crash, sources report. The two victims, who have not yet been identified to the public, were reportedly changing a flat tire when they were struck by a semi-truck. Police have opened an investigation but have not yet been able to track down and identify the hit-and-run driver. Charges are likely pending.
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