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At approximately 3pm on Saturday afternoon, Boca residents Philip and Joan Eckstein were about to make a turn onto S.W. 14th Street from Lyons Road when their car was hit by another vehicle.  According to police investigators, the other car was speeding.  That car was driven by 29 year old Jordan Trouf.

According police, Philip Eckstein was unaware of the “impending danger” from Trouf’s car as he turned, because driving faster than the posted 40 mph speed limit. It appears as though the vehicles T-Boned where the front of Trouf’s car impacted the side of the Eckstein’s vehicle.  News reports also indicate that alcohol or drugs are suspected to be a factor in the crash.  Sadly, Philip Eckstein, age 79, is listed in critical condition and his wife, Joan Eckstein, age 75, is listed in serious condition.  Trouf is also hospitalized and listed in serious condition.

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If you have lived in South Florida long enough, you have seen a Larry Kline Meats delivery truck.  In fact, you probably have had the experience of staring at their top hat and cane logo as you sat parked in the middle of I-95 waiting for rubber-neckers to get their fill of the latest car pulled over for an HOV violation.

Sadly, this case was no HOV violation – it was a serious bicycle accident that left the Steven Caine, CEO of Larry Kline Meats, dead.

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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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