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Joseph H. Saunders

3 Arrested for Staging Auto Crash

3 men are being held in Hillsborough County Jail after being arrested for staging a car crash. The three are being held on $7,500 bond. This criminal activity has been more common in South Florida…

Joseph H. Saunders

Toyota Recalls 4.26 Million Vehicles for Accelerator Defect

Toyota has recalled more than 4 million vehicles due to a defect with the car’s accelerator. The defects involve accelerators that are jammed open by floor mats. The dangerous defects have led to…

Joseph H. Saunders

Texting While Driving-A New Study Shows How Dangerous it is

A new study demonstrating the extreme danger of texting while driving appeared on the front page of the NY Times today. The study involved installing video equipment in the cabs of long haul…

Joseph H. Saunders

Local Hispanic Activist Killed in Miami Car Crash

The local Tampa Bay community is mourning the loss of dearly beloved Hispanic activist Maria Carillo. Carillo had been a member of Tampa mayor Pam Iorio’s Hispanic Leadership Council.
Tragically,…

Joseph H. Saunders

Steve Lombardi's Piece on Accident Investigation Spot On

Fellow IB colleague Steve Lombardi wrote a great piece today about the importance of gathering and securing evidence from an accident scene in a timely and efficient manner. He correctly points out…

Joseph H. Saunders

Young Boy Struck By Car At Bus Stop in Valrico

Christian Gonzalez, a 10-year old 4th grader from Valrico Elementary School, was struck and seriously injured by a vehicle driven by 65 year old Carlos Garcia. It is still not known whether the…

Shannon Weidemann

Pedestrian Killed Near Tampa Bay

A woman walking in Spring Hill was killed by a car on Monday night. The pedestrian accident happened on U.S. 41. She was walking with another person when she was hit.
The pedestrians

both of…

Shannon Weidemann

Tampa Streets Dangerous to Pedestrians and Cyclists

Last year 204 people were injured on the streets of Tampa, either walking or on bicycles. Ten people were killed in pedestrian accidents and 3 were killed riding on bikes. They were all hit by cars…

Joseph H. Saunders

Allstate Barred from Writing New Insurance Policies in Florida

Florida’s First District Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court ruling and reinstated the ban on Allstate writing new insurance policies in Florida. The original controversy surrounded…

Shannon Weidemann

Hit and Run Driver Kills Tampa Man in Wheelchair

A man in a wheelchair was killed by a hit and run driver in Tampa on Sunday. The pedestrian accident happened at Main Street and Rome Avenue. He was hit by an unidentified pickup truck. The victim was hit by a brown Ford pickup truck that ran a red light, and they say the driver was trying to avoid another car when they hit the wheelchair. After the crash, they say the driver never…