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Navy Sailor Dies in Virginia Motorcycle Crash

by los | October 20th, 2011

October 19, 2011

A 24-year-old Navy sailor from Danville, Virginia, was killed on Tuesday in a motorcycle accident on Norfolk’s Terminal Boulevard, which roughly defines the southern edge of the Naval Station Norfolk complex.

According to The Navy Times, the man was traveling eastbound on Terminal Boulevard on his 2007 Suzuki GSXR 600 motorcycle when he lost control, hit a curb and was thrown into a guardrail around 1:50 p.m.

Officer Chris Amos told The Navy Times that the victim was “weaving in and out of traffic at a high speed.”

The motorcycle continued to slide eastbound along the road.

Amos also told The Virginian-Pilot that no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The victim was transported to Norfolk General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The details of this crash remain under investigation.

The victim was serving in the Navy and was assigned to the carrier Harry S. Truman, to which he’d reported in September 2007, according to Navy Personnel Command.

The Navy reports that this was the third off-duty motorcycle mishap fatality in fiscal year 2012, which began on October 1. In fiscal year 2011, 12 sailors died in similar accidents involving lightweight, high-speed sport bikes.

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Norfolk Police Search for Drive-by Shooting Suspect

by los | September 27th, 2011

September 27, 2011

A man was injured in a drive-by shooting very early this morning in Norfolk, Virginia, and police say they are still looking for the person(s) who did it, reports The Virginian-Pilot.

The victim was reportedly walking with two other males at Orange Avenue and 1st View Street around 1:10 a.m. Tuesday morning when a shot was fired into the group from a passing vehicle that’s been described as light-colored, perhaps white or silver. Witnesses have also indicated that the car might have been a Honda Civic.

The victim was transported to DePaul Hospital with what police spokesman Chris Amos calls non life-threatening injuries. No other information about the victim has been released.

As of yet, the suspect has not been found. Detectives are investigating the circumstances, vehicle description, and suspects.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (562-5887).

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Why do you think drive-by shootings have become so prevalent in the U.S.? What can be done to thwart the trend?

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6 People Injured in Norfolk Crash on I-64 West

by los | August 23rd, 2011

August 23, 2011

Speed and alcohol contributed to a two-vehicle crash that badly injured six people early on the morning of Tuesday, August 23, on I-64 in Norfolk, Virginia.

WVEC reports that the crash occurred around 2:10 a.m. when a speeding 2005 Volkswagen GYTI veered into the left lane and rear-ended a VDOT contractor’s truck.

Virginia State Police Spokeswoman Michelle Anaya says the truck’s driver and two other VDOT employees had been dispatched to clean drains and do other maintenance. They had completed that work and were picking up cones from the work zone, preparing to reopen a closed lane.

The three people in the Volkswagen were hurt in the crash, along with the three VDOT employees, who were thrown from the truck.

The crash closed the westbound lanes of Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel for five hours, reopening around 7:30 a.m.

Anaya has confirmed that both speed and alcohol played a role in the crash, for which charges are pending.

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What do you think can be done to deter drunk driving in Norfolk?

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Norfolk Officer Fined and Charged with Community Service for Fatal Bike Wreck

by los | July 28th, 2011

July 28, 2011

A Norfolk, Virginia, police officer who fatally injured a bicyclist a year ago was fined and sentenced to community service on Friday, July 22.

The accident occurred around 1 a.m. on July 25, 2010, when Officer Derek Folston was speeding to reach a non-emergency call and struck a bicyclist on the 1500 block of Brambleton Avenue. The collision caused the cyclist severe injuries from which he died two months later.

Fox43TV.com reports that the bicyclist had a blood alcohol level of .20 when he was hit.

Folston and another officer in a separate cruiser had both been speeding to reach the Tidewater Gardens area over the Campostella Bridge. Court records revealed that neither had lights or sirens turned on, and Folston admitted to driving 20 miles over the speed limit. Both officers have been on administrative duty since the accident.

Convicted earlier this month of misdemeanor reckless driving, Folston was fined $1,000, sentenced to 100 hours of community service, and had his license suspended for 60 days. Judge Jerrauld C. Jones suspended a six-month jail sentence, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

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Do you think police should be required to turn on their lights and sirens if speeding toward a destination? Should punishment be less for them when they cause fatalities while on-duty?

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Norfolk Man Acquitted from 2009 DUI Crash That Killed 2

by los | June 30th, 2011

June 30, 2011

On Tuesday a jury acquitted a 26-year-old Norfolk, Virginia, man who’d been accused of causing the 2009 drunk-driving crash that killed two people and caused serious brain injury to another.

The driver, who is an enlisted Navy sailor, stood trial for a week, and jurors took two days to reach a verdict—finding the man not guilty on two counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter and a single count of maiming. A 22-year-old nurse and a 25-year-old Navy sailor both died in the crash, while a third passenger sustained permanent brain injury. A fourth passenger escaped with minor injuries.

The crash occurred on July 25, 2009, when the man’s BMW crashed into a tree off Granby Street and caught fire. He had been giving four strangers a ride home from Red Dog Saloon in Ghent. The man testified in court that, while driving, he’d been hit sharply in the jaw by an object or a person in the backseat and passed out. He testified that he didn’t remember the crash.

Though the driver’s blood alcohol content had been above the legal limit, a defense attorney argued that there was “reasonable doubt about what happened it that car.”

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Do you think justice was served in this case?

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Boy injured on Virginia Beach fair ride

by los | July 9th, 2010

July 1, 2010

A boy riding “The Extreme” at a Virginia Beach fair injured his shoulder, according to WVEC.

The ride was shut down and re-inspected by Virginia Beach officials, and it was deemed safe.

According to the ride superintendent, riders should make sure they’ve had a physical in the past year.

The injured boy is expected to be OK.

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What concerns do you have about Virginia Beach carnival rides? Do you think Virginia Beach safety officials do enough to ensure that these rides are safe for everyone?

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Liquid fertilizer spilled as result of Virginia defective product

by los | June 8th, 2009

June 4, 2009

The Virginian-Pilot reported more than 2 million gallons of liquid fertilizer spilled as a result of a Virginia defective product in November 2008.

The liquid fertilizer was stored in a fertilizer tank at full capacity along Elizabeth River when the Virginia defective product collapsed and caused the spill.

Safety experts discovered defective welding was the cause for the collapse of the Virginia defective product.

Further inspections were made after the accident occurred with the Virginia defective product. Three other liquid fertilizer tanks were found with defective welding as well as numerous violations of state codes.

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