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U-Haul Slams into Teenage Boy in the Bronx, Critically Injuring him

A U-Haul truck hit a 17-year-old boy on Friday morning in the Bronx in New York City on Friday morning, seriously injuring him.

Amary Milan was on his way to Samuel Gompers High School on Friday morning when he was struck by a U-Haul driven by Efram Rodriguez, 36, at around 8:38 a.m. in the Longwood section of the Bronx. Witnesses told CBS New York that Milan was walking in the crosswalk trying to cross Southern Boulevard when the U-Haul truck ran a yellow light and struck him. Milan was thrown more than 10 feet and seriously injured. More U-Haul Slams into Teenage Boy in the Bronx, Critically Injuring him

OxyElite Pro Found to Contain Prozac

OxyElite Pro Found to Contain Prozac

OxyElite Pro Found to Contain Prozac


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told consumers on February 28 to be extra vigilant when purchasing weight loss supplements, specifically mentioning OxyElite Pro, which was found to contain a powerful antidepressant drug.

OxyElite Pro is a thermogenic supplement. It is designed to boost metabolism and burn fat, but it increases the body’s internal temperature. More OxyElite Pro Found to Contain Prozac

Jury Rules Toyota Motor Co. was 60 Percent Responsible for Fatal Camry Crash

Jury Rules Toyota was 60% Responsible for Fatal Crash

Jury Rules Toyota was 60% Responsible for Fatal Crash


A federal jury on Tuesday decided that Toyota Motor Co. was partly to blame for a 2006 car crash that killed three people and left two seriously injured, and resulted in a wrongful conviction.

The jury awarded the victims and their family members $11 million after concluding that Toyota was 60 percent to blame for the accident. The case revolved around Koua Fong Lee, who in 2006 was driving his 1996 Toyota Camry when it accelerated wildly into traffic and crashed into another vehicle, killing the driver of the other vehicle, Javis Trice-Adams Sr., and his 9-year-old son, Javis Adams Jr. His 6-year-old niece, Devyn Bolton, was paralyzed and died in October 2007. His daughter, Jasmine Adams, then 12, was seriously injured, as was his father, Quincy Ray Adams. Those two and Devyn Bolton’s mother, Bridgette Trice, were the other plaintiffs in the case, along with Lee and four of his family members who were in his car at the time of the crash, according to the Associated Press (AP). More Jury Rules Toyota Motor Co. was 60 Percent Responsible for Fatal Camry Crash

New York City Council Joins the Fight to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act

NYC Council Joins the Fight to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act

NYC Council Joins the Fight to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act


New York City Council members have joined in the fight to ensure that the firefighters and rescuers of September 11, 2001 are never forgotten by pushing for the reauthorization of the Zadroga Act.

The council members are joining the effort to introduce a resolution that calls for Congress to reauthorize the Zadroga Act. The primary sponsor and co-sponsor for the effort are Councilwoman Margaret Chin (Democrat – Manhattan) and Melissa Mark-Viverito (Democrat – Manhattan/Bronx) respectively, along with two other members. More New York City Council Joins the Fight to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act

Researchers say the Liquid Found in E-Cigarettes is Dangerous Even if it Doesn’t Contain Nicotine

Researchers say Liquid Found in E-Cigarettes is Dangerous.

Researchers say Liquid in E-Cigarettes Dangerous


According to a new study from National Jewish Health in Denver, the liquid found in e-cigarettes significantly increases the risk for viral infections in users, whether it contains nicotine or not.

By taking cells from the airways of young, healthy non-smokers and exposing them to the liquid or vapors from e-cigarettes, researchers were able to determine that inhaling the vapor can damage epithelial cells and increase the risk of infections. The scientists discovered that when they exposed the cells to the liquid or vapors in the lab, it only took 10 minutes for a reaction to occur, according to the National Jewish Health (NJH) website. More Researchers say the Liquid Found in E-Cigarettes is Dangerous Even if it Doesn’t Contain Nicotine

Three Injured, Two Seriously, After Train Strikes a Livery Cab in New York

3 Injured, 2 Seriously, After Train Strikes Livery Cab in NY

3 Injured, 2 Seriously, After Train Strikes Livery Cab in NY


A livery cab was struck by a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train after it somehow got onto the tracks west of Wyandanch station last Wednesday.

A Lincoln Town Car was hit by a LIRR train at the crossing on Straight Path about 1:20 p.m. on January 7. How the vehicle got on the tracks remains a mystery. The train, carrying 500 passengers, was heading east from Penn Station, due at Ronkonkoma at 1:37 p.m. The driver of the cab was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena told New York Newsday (Newsday). A female passenger was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital. The engineer suffered a shoulder injury and was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.  PIX 11 reported that both the driver and the passenger were critically injured. More Three Injured, Two Seriously, After Train Strikes a Livery Cab in New York

Widow of School Bus Driver who Died from Mesothelioma Awarded $7.7 Million

A New York state jury has decided that Navistar International Corp. must pay $7.7 million to the family of a man who died from a serious lung disease known as mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in one of the company’s garages.

The wrongful death suit was brought by the widow of a school bus driver who died of mesothelioma as a result of being exposed to asbestos in the school district’s garage. The complaint, viewed by Law360, alleges the man began working for the Fayetteville-Manlius School District in Manlius, New York, as a bus driver in the 1950s. He spent many hours in the garage over the years, clocking in for his routes, submitting work orders and speaking with mechanics. More Widow of School Bus Driver who Died from Mesothelioma Awarded $7.7 Million

Federal Regulators Promise to Investigate Deadly Takata Airbags

Federal safety regulators have pledged to delve deep into an investigation of deadly Takata airbags, which have prompted 10 automakers to recall more than 12 million vehicles globally.

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said on Friday the Justice Department needs to open a criminal investigation into allegations of a cover-up at least a decade old. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) believes Takata has had serious problems with its airbags dating back to 1998, years before the air bag and safety-belt supplier is alleged to have quietly tested dozens of airbags after one of the bags malfunctioned in an Alabama crash that sent shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment, injuring the driver, according to USA Today. More Federal Regulators Promise to Investigate Deadly Takata Airbags

OxyContin Makers Face Huge Penalty for Allegedly Contributing to Widespread Drug Addiction

After winning more than 400 dismissals of personal-injury lawsuits and avoiding more than 10 efforts to wage class-actions against it, the maker of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin may have to pay a devastating $1 billion over allegations that the company contributed to widespread drug addiction.

OxyContin, also known as Hillbilly Heroin, is a powerful opioid painkiller that offers 12 hours of time-released relief, which allows patients to take fewer pills. Drug addicts discovered how to defeat the time-release system as soon as OxyContin hit the market in 1995. By crushing the pills, drug abusers could snort or inject the drug for an intense, immediate high. The drug’s maker, Purdue Pharma, developed a tamper-resistant version of OxyContin in 2010, but a 2012 study found that many addicts simply turned to heroin and other drugs to get high, according to NewsLeader.com. More OxyContin Makers Face Huge Penalty for Allegedly Contributing to Widespread Drug Addiction

New Jersey Defense Attorneys who Used Facebook to Gather Information on a Victim in a Personal Injury Suit Face Ethics Charges

A New Jersey appeals court will decide whether the Office of Attorney Ethics (OAE) has the legal right to file ethics grievances against two defense lawyers who used instructed a paralegal to “friend” the plaintiff in a personal injury case on Facebook to gather information about him, and whether the judges themselves even have the authority to get tangled in the dispute.

In 2007, an Oakland, New Jersey, man filed a lawsuit alleging that he was doing push-ups in the driveway of the local firehouse when he was struck by a police officer’s cruiser. The man suffered a fractured femur that required multiple surgeries. The defense lawyers in the case had a paralegal “friend” the plaintiff on Facebook to gain information about him, court documents obtained by the New Jersey Law Journal show. The plaintiff’s attorney discovered the scheme following a deposition in which one of the accused defense lawyers asked the plaintiff about travel, dancing and other activities they believed would show the plaintiff was overstating the seriousness of his injuries. The police officer’s attorney also supplied amended answers to interrogatories, accompanied by conversations, photos and a video of the plaintiff wrestling with his brothers that were posted on the Facebook pages of the plaintiff and his friends. More New Jersey Defense Attorneys who Used Facebook to Gather Information on a Victim in a Personal Injury Suit Face Ethics Charges