Drunk driver arrested for series of hit and run crashes
A drunken driving spree resulted in a series of hit and run crashes in South Lincoln. Wesley O. Heiser caused the first crash of at 70th Street and Pioneers Boulevard, and within half an hour caused more crashes at 40th Street and Old Cheney Road and 27th Street and Jane Lane. He was finally arrested and lodged at the Lancaster County jail after his vehicle ran over a fire hydrant and became inoperable, according to Capt. David Beggs.
The charges on Heiser include third-offense DUI, leaving the scene of an injury accident, two counts of reckless driving, two counts of negligent driving, and three counts of leaving the scene of a non-injury accident. Beggs said that no serious injuries were sustained in any of the crashes. According to Lincoln, Nebraska accident attorneys, these charges could attract a stiff sentence especially after a third DUI charge.
Man injures two when driving wrong way
A 63-year-old man, crashed into three vehicles while driving the wrong way on Superior Street. All three people were injured in the accident. He was driving a white pickup, as seen by the scanner traffic and caused two crashes in the westbound lanes of Superior Street between 18th and 27th streets, according to Lincoln Police Capt. David Beggs.
The third offense for a DUI and leaving the scene of the injury accident were the charges on which Kenneth G. Stuhr was arrested, according to Capt. Michon Morrow. He was also ticketed for reckless driving and driving during a suspension. Stuhr apparently has no problem paying heavy fines and having his time wasted dealing with legal issues.
The injured were taken to the hospital, although no life threatening injuries were sustained by anyone in these crashes.
Series of lawsuits force closure of parks and hills for sledders
A series of sledding accidents in the winter leading to serious financial implications, many cities have decided to ban sledding in public parks. Dubuque Iowa is the latest to ban sledding in 48 out of its 50 public parks. The intention is not to limit fun, but to protect themselves from lawsuits because too many Americans believe in personal responsibility and continue to blame other people for their own risk taking. The financial implications have been huge in some of these sledding related lawsuits.
According to Lincoln, Nebraska accident attorneys, a five year old girl won $2 million after she was paralyzed in a sledding accident in Omaha while $2.75 was awarded to an Iowan man at Sioux Falls who injured his back. Such costly lawsuits have led to an increasing number of US cities banning sledding at popular hills and parks, while there is an outright ban in cities in Iowa, Illinois and some other states. So tens of thousands of people have less fun because a few people did not show good sense when sledding.
Marie Ware, Dubuque’s leisure services manager, said that there were parks with hills and managing the risks on them was not possible.
It is only your child’s fault
Omaha has gone to fantastic lengths to warn sledders after people repeatedly ignored a ban on a popular hill, by putting signposts and hay bales around trees. The bans may seem too radical or extreme but saves millions of dollars from the lawsuits filed by parents of injured children who blame other people when it is only their children’s fault, according to officials.
A study done at Ohio’s Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has revealed that each year, more than 20,000 children were treated at emergency rooms for injuries resulting from sledding, between 1997 and 2007. Well, at least they were outside having fun. They could spend all day inside playing video games.