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Author: Katarina Siegfeld

Family: Maine Med Patient’s 6th Story Jump Not Suicide

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A man who jumped from a sixth story window in the Richards Tower of the Maine Medical Center last month was not attempting suicide but, rather, suffering from impaired judgment due to a brain injury, according to his family.  The man, identified as Paul Cady of Hollis, was recovering from a motorcycle accident that took… Read more »

Truckers Non-Compliant with Sleep Apnea Therapy at Risk for Crashes

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Truck drivers who fail to adhere to their prescribed sleep apnea treatment significantly increase their risk of serious preventable crashes, according to a recently published study on the subject. The study compared 1,613 truck drivers with obstructive sleep apnea with the same number of comparable drivers without the condition. The drivers with sleep apnea were… Read more »

Durham Woman Dies From Injuries Sustained in Head-On Crash

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A Durham woman has died from injuries that she sustained on Friday, March 11, during a head-on collision in Topsham. Christina Babnaw, 44, died in the hospital on Saturday night, March 12, as confirmed on Sunday morning by Topsham police Sgt. Mark Gilliam. The accident took place near the 800 block of Middlesex Road, according… Read more »

Maine Motorcycle Fatalities Reach Record Highs By August

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Recently released statistics show that motorcycle fatalities in the state of Maine had reached record highs by early August, with a total of 17 deaths as a result of motorcycle crashes between Jan. 1 and Aug. 3, 2015. Four of those fatalities occurred in the first week of August (with two additional car crash deaths also… Read more »

Judge Issues Cell Phone Ban for Driver who Killed Bicyclist

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At Hardy, Wolf & Downing, we are convinced that many motorists in our state and throughout the country don’t understand the responsibility they have to avoid distractions such as cell phone use when they get behind the wheel. And we have seen the consequences in lives lost or damaged due to distracted driving accidents when… Read more »

“U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” Says DOT Safety Campaign

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) is once again announcing their “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” safety campaign. From April 10-15, state and local law enforcement officers will be aggressively ticketing drivers who drive while distracted, primarily by using mobile devices and, especially, texting while driving. In… Read more »

NC Amtrak Crash: Yet Another Truck/Train Collision

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A recent Amtrak crash in North Carolina involved a collision between the train and an oversized rig, resulting in the train’s derailment and 55 injuries to passengers. The truck’s driver, John Devin Black, has received multiple citations for traffic violations. Though no charges have been filed against Black as of this writing, representatives of Raleigh… Read more »

Bill Would Toughen Laws Re: Maine Crosswalks, Pedestrians

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In an effort to create a safer environment for pedestrians, bicyclists, and non-motorized traffic, a Maine senator has introduced a bill to toughen crosswalk regulations. The bill, known as An Act to Improve Safety and Clarify Responsibilities of Pedestrians and Bicyclists, is sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and was submitted by Sen. Amy… Read more »

Propane Truck and SUV Crash Claims Life of Livermore Woman

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A collision between a propane truck and an SUV ended with the death of a Livermore woman after the crash caused the truck to flip and crush the SUV with the driver inside. The accident occurred on Route 17 at about 8 am on Monday, January 19. Diane Gould, 45, was trapped in her Subaru… Read more »