Drunk driver who left the scene of several accidents arrested in Holliston

Members of the Holliston Police Department arrested 35-year-old Holliston, Massachusetts resident Christopher Pope at his 1707 Washington Street residence around 6:29 a.m., said prosecutor Daniel Storms during Pope’s arraignment on Tuesday, December 27 in Framingham District Court.

Police said witnesses saw the pickup truck, which had a plow attached, that Pope had been driving pull into his driveway on the day of his arrest. He had hit several vehicles, including a semi-truck, with that plow. Pope was charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of liquor, leaving the scene of an accident that caused personal injury, reckless driving, driving an uninsured vehicle, and driving an unregistered vehicle.

Storms made a request to Judge Jennifer Stark to hold Pope on a $1,000 bail. Pope’s legal counsel, Kenneth Gross, on the other hand, asked for a more lenient bail, as Pope is the breadwinner of his family and a bail set at too high an amount can negatively impact their lives.

Our personal injury attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, who provide legal services for our clients in Lexington or other areas in Kentucky, handle personal injury accident cases such as airplane accidents, product liability, wrongful death, medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents, nursing home abuse, car accidents, and truck accidents, among others. Call our offices today at (800) 953-2373.

One dies in Pike County two-vehicle collision

A two-vehicle collision that happened Tuesday, November 29 on Kentucky Route 194 near Kimper Elementary School in Pike County, Kentucky resulted in the death of one individual.

According to an interview of the Kentucky State Police with East Kentucky Broadcasting, a pickup truck had a head-on collision with a gravel truck along that expanse of road. The two people, who were ejected from both vehicles, were first taken to Pikeville Medical Center in Pikeville and were transferred to UK Hospital in Lexington. The Fayette County Coroner identified the person who eventually died because of the accident as 24-year-old Jerry Leedy, the driver of the pickup truck. Leedy appeared not to be wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident, but alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident.

As state police continue to investigate the accident, the attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC want to send condolences to those hurt by this accident and similar occurrences across Kentucky.

Two hurt in Lexington three-vehicle collision

A three-vehicle collision that transpired on Versailles Road, just before the intersection of Man O’ War in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, November 25, resulted in two people sustaining injuries of an unknown nature.

According to preliminary investigations made by the police, a chain reaction caused the pileup. Investigators said the victims were brought to area hospitals to receive immediate medical attention for their injuries of an unknown nature. Members of the Lexington Police Department are continuing further investigations to determine the definite details of the case, and to find out how the accident happened in the first place.

Our experienced and dedicated attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC give every personal injury accident case in Lexington and other areas of Kentucky the personalized attention it needs. We handle cases, such as truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, product liability, nursing home abuse, and wrongful death, among others. Call our offices today at (800) 953-2373 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.

Travelers encouraged to buckle up while travelling this Thanksgiving

With holidays fast approaching, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is once again reminding Thanksgiving travelers to buckle up every time they travel in their respective vehicles in an effort to save lives.

According to raw data, there were 1,645 vehicular accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday in the state of Kentucky in 2015, which caused over 480 injuries and eight deaths. KOHS Executive Director Dr. Noelle Hunter, in a bid to encourage citizens to travel safely this holiday season, said, “As we reflect on gratitude during this season of Thanksgiving, we ask fellow Kentuckians to share why they are thankful for their seat belt. Personal responsibility behind the wheel is the key to saving more lives.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted that proper seat belt usage lessens fatal injury risk to front-seat passengers by around 45% and the risk of passengers sustaining moderate to serious physical injuries by around 50%.

If you were injured in a personal injury accident in Lexington or another area of Kentucky due to the mistake of another person, we at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC are fully prepared to help you. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (800) 953-2373.

Tractor-pickup truck collision kills one

An individual lost his life during a tractor-pickup truck collision on Old Richmond Road near Evans Mill Road in Lexington, Kentucky at around 11:42 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1.

According to preliminary investigations, a pickup truck had been traveling along that road when it collided with a tractor-trailer. A person in the pickup truck was declared dead at the sene of the accident while another was transported to a nearby hospital for the treatment of said person’s incapacitating injuries.

Old Richmond Road had been closed to public traffic for around five hours to make way for police investigators’ assessment of the area and maintenance personnel cleanup. A portion of the road was finally opened at around 5:15 p.m. of the same day.

The attorneys of Wilson & McQueen, PLLC send their thoughts to the victim and their loved ones.

Louisville policeman killed in Lexington pedestrian accident

Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Jason Schweitzer and another pedestrian lost their lives in Lexington, Kentucky last Saturday, October 29. Their deaths occurred after the pedestrians were hit by a car driven by 26-year-old Suzanne Whitlow along Upper Street.

Whitlow was charged with two counts of manslaughter and one count of driving under the influence. According to preliminary investigations, Whitlow was handling her vehicle along Upper Street when she lost control of the steering wheel and proceeded to crash into Schweitzer and one other pedestrian walking on the sidewalk. Both people were taken to a nearby hospital where they succumbed to their mortal injuries.

Schweitzer started his career in the Jefferson County Police Department as a police officer in 2001 and later became a detective for the Louisville Metro Police Department. News about the other victim will come after the victim’s family is notified about the accident.

The attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC are saddened to hear about this tragedy and send our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

Electronic cigarettes leading cause of burn cases in a Seattle hospital

A new study conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine showed that 15 of the burn cases at the University of Washington Medicine Regional Burn Center in Seattle occurred as a result of electronic cigarettes or vaporizers. These alternatives to cigarettes use a lithium-ion battery to heat liquid that is then inhaled in aerosol form.

80% of the injured patients suffered flame burns while 33% of them had chemical burns from the alkali elements in the exploding batteries.

Some victims reported becomng disfigured or losing some functionality in their limbs, teeth, and portions of their soft tissue, which includes skin, ligaments, fat, and tendons.

The United States Food and Drug Administration categorizes e-cigarettes and other vaping paraphernalia as tobacco products. However, the agency gave no indication that they would regulate these products anytime soon.

If you or a loved one have been harmed by a product that was poorly manufactured, contact an attorney at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC today by calling (800) 953-2373.

Tips for managing your ATV on an uphill drive

Sometimes, safely navigating your all-terrain vehicle up steep slopes may be too much for your vehicle. No matter how experienced you are, some hills are too steep to climb.

A tip for someone going uphill in an ATV, especially if one is having difficulty doing so, is for the driver to keep his or her feet firmly on the vehicle’s foot rests and make sure their weight is going uphill at all times. This technique will help you avoid the possibility of the vehicle losing momentum and sliding down.

If you do start to move backwards, it is important for the driver to remember to apply the brakes and step on the parking brakes. However, the driver should remember to apply the front brakes only, because applying pressure on the back brakes can cause the vehicle to flip over.

Pursuing a personal injury claim can be a difficult process, but with the legal help of our attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC in Lexington, the process is made easier. Call our offices today at (800) 953-2373 to get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team and discuss your legal options.

Former NFL player Dennis Byrd dies in two-vehicle collision

Dennis Byrd, a former NFL defensive lineman for the New York Jets, lost his life on Saturday, October 15 during a two-vehicle collision. Byrd’s career was prematurely ended when he obtained a neck injury during a game on November 29, 1992 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a 17-year-old Claremont youth was operating a 2000 Ford Explorer northbound along Oklahoma State Highway 88. His vehicle veered onto the oncoming lane, causing the collision with Byrd’s Hummer H2.

Tulsa’s athletic director Dr. Derrick Gragg expressed his condolences for Byrd’s family, saying, “We extend our sincerest condolences to Dennis’ wife, Angela, their children, and the entire Byrd family. Dennis exemplified true determination, tremendous heart, and humility throughout his life. He had a tremendous playing career at [the University of Tulsa] and professionally with the New York Jets. He overcame great personal adversity after a life-altering injury on the football field. We know that Dennis touched numerous lives and will be missed by many.”

Byrd was 51 years old when death claimed him.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphones no longer allowed on American flights

Passengers and flight crew members will not be allowed to bring their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on airline flights within, from, or to the United States under an emergency order announced on Friday, October 14. The Department of Transportation made the order in response to reports of said devices spontaneously combusting and catching fire.

The order, which took effect on October 15, disallows passengers from carrying their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on board or in checked bags. An initial announcement had passengers thinking they would be subjected to fines if they tried to smuggle their smartphones inside their carry-on luggage. However, the DoT clarified that these passengers will simply be barred from entering airplanes.

Samsung already issued a recall for 2.5 million units of said smartphones due to a battery manufacturing error. An incident of this battery issue includes the Jeep of a family in St. Petersburg, Florida catching fire because of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 left charging in the vehicle.

At Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, we are committed to pursuing financial compensation for victims of personal injury accidents in Lexington and other areas in Kentucky. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (800) 953-2373 to schedule an initial consultation.