July 4th celebrations abound in Jacksonville and the surrounding area. Fireworks, Backyard Barbecue, Arts and Craft Festivals, Kids Activities with Face Painting and Bounce Houses. As we celebrate America's Independence we honor our courageous men and women in our military dedicated to preserving our freedom. It is to these men and women in uniform that we salute. We will not forget your sacrifice. Happy July 4th! July 4th activities, festivals, Fireworks and more for more information on activities in our area click on the links below.
Children die in hot cars every year. Tragically some of the parents that made this mistake believed it would never happen to them and yet they became overwhelmed, distracted and forgot their child. How do you forget your child? The parent that doesn't usually drop their child off, the summer routine is changed, the baby falls asleep... whatever the situation we would like to share a few steps to keep your precious cargo safe. Day cares are required to follow procedures to prevent leaving a child behind. When those procedures are not followed children have been placed in danger, left alone sleeping in the back of the van. It is especially important that you insist that if your child's care giver or grandparents transport your child they set up a procedure to help them remember they have a little one to safe guard. Your car can be deadly after 10 min. even with the windows cracked. Also, please don't forget our heat will also kill your precious pets. Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle. Please share this post with parents, grandparents and caregivers.
A Jacksonville pedestrian is in critical condition after being struck by a car on Thursday afternoon. The accident occurred on 103rd street at the I-295 exit. A black vehicle was exiting off I-295 when they struck another vehicle that was stopped at a traffic light. The black vehicle did not stop but continued on hitting a pedestrian on the sidewalk. The Florida Highway Patrol was in the area checking for seat belt violations when the accident occurred. They were forced to Taser the driver who was attempting to flee the scene. The pedestrian has life threatening injuries. The driver of the black vehicle was taken to the hospital. The driver of the black vehicle will most likely be facing multiple charges. Another attempted hit-and-run in our area but The Florida Highway Patrol was in the right place at the right time to apprehend this careless driver.
Jirawadi Marie Battenhouse was only 19 years old when she accidentin the Flagler Beach area over the weekend. Jirawadi Battenhouse was heading south on Interstate 95 when she entered the emergency lane. Battenhouse was driving a 1998 Lexus ES 300; her vehicle struck the guardrail and then reentered the southbound lane of I-95 coming to a stop in the center lane just south of Palm Coast Parkway. The driver of a 2015 Acura failed to stop in time and rear ended Battenhouse . The impact sent Jirawadi Battenhouse and her vehicle spinning, she struck the guardrail before stopping. The driver of the Acura, Stephanie Finnell received minor injuries. Jirawadi Battenhouse died from extensive brain damage and a ruptured lung, injuries she sustained in the auto accident. The Florida Highway Patrol are investigating the accident, charges are pending. Jirawadi was a native of Flagler Beach, Florida, a photographer, musician and curator of Art. Please don't drive distracted be aware of vehicles in the emergency lane.