Philadelphia Police Officer Charged in Fatal Off-Duty Pedestrian Accident

A Philadelphia police officer has been charged in connection with a fatal accident that occurred in January while the officer was off duty. According to police, Adam Soto, 25, a three-year veteran of the force, has been charged with felony homicide by vehicle and misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter after striking a pedestrian who died from his injuries.

Soto has been suspended from the force since the incident although officials plan to formally dismiss him when his suspension expires.

Soto turned himself over to Internal Affairs after an investigation. According to the police investigation, Soto was driving his personal vehicle more than 80 mph while off duty on January 16. He struck a pedestrian, 50-year-old Daniel Dimitri, at around 11:30 am. Dimitri died from his injuries at 12:30 pm.

Soto was driving east on Cottman Avenue struck Dimitri as he was running across the street. According to Kathleen Martin, First Assistant District Attorney, Soto’s actions were especially egregious because the accident occurred at a well-traveled intersection mid-morning.

The investigation found that a fellow off-duty police officer, 25-year-old Tony Forest, was driving his car recklessly on the same street in the same direction at the same time as Soto. While Forest is not facing criminal charges, he does face departmental violations for his actions. Also a three-year veteran, Forest has been suspended and will be dismissed by the police department.

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Jones & Swanson Sponsors Local Charity Golf Tournament

Law Day Classic

When Andrew Jones and Chase Swanson first began practicing law in the Marietta
area, the attorneys quickly realized that involvement in the local community
was something that held high importance to both partners. The Jones &
Swanson firm is involved with a variety of organizations and sponsorships
throughout the year – and not just the attorneys. Our staff members
also participate in local events regularly. The firm’s most recent
involvement was in a charity golf tournament organized by the Cobb County
Bar Association. The tournament, the Annual Cobb County Bar Association
– Law Day Classic, benefits the Children’s Emergency Fund.

The Cobb Bar Association started the Children’s Emergency Fund in
an effort to raise money for families throughout the Cobb County community.
Most families supported by the fund are experiencing an unavoidable crisis
or are simply facing hard times. The Children’s Emergency Fund offers
a one-time financial grant to assist these families in need. Sometimes
it may be as simple as providing clothing to a child whose parents have
lost their job, while other situations may call for a month’s mortgage
payment. Everyone needs a helping hand at some point in their lives –
so the staff at Jones & Swanson supports this organization in an effort
to better the people in the Cobb County Community.

For yet another year, Jones & Swanson was a proud Gold Sponsor at the
Law Day Classic. Many individuals from the Cobb County community, including
Andrew, Chase and Zach, enjoyed a beautiful day of golf to raise money
for a great cause. The attorneys and staff members at Jones & Swanson
will continue to give back to the community any way that we can.

Whether we are backing our clients in a legal battle or sponsoring the
Law Day Classic, we are thankful that we have the opportunity as a business
to give back to our community.

Andrew Jones at the Law Day Classic 2017Attorneys Zach Pritchard and Chase Swanson at the 2017 Law Day Classic

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5-Vehicle Accident on I-476 Leaves Several Injured

highway accidentTwo people were injured in a five-vehicle accident that involved a tractor-trailer on I-476 southbound in Delaware County.

The accident occurred around 2:45 pm on April 10 close to Paper Mill Road. Two people were trapped in their vehicles but were extricated by rescue workers.

The collision occurred when a box truck collided with an SUV, forcing the SUV against a concrete barrier. Five people were injured but no fatalities were reported.

Southbound lanes from Exit 3 to Exit 5 were closed on the Blue Route for several hours.

According to police, one person was transported by air to the hospital and four others were transported to a local hospital by ambulance.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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Motorcycle Accident Claims in Smyrna, GA

Georgia is a beautiful state with pleasant weather most of the year. Aside
from a thunder storm here and there and maybe a few “tornado warnings,”
it’s breathtaking. Given Georgia’s natural beauty, it’s no wonder why motorcycle
enthusiasts find the backroads the perfect place to ride.

Here in the Metro Atlanta Area, we have some great motorcycle clubs, including
ABATE of Georgia, the Atlanta Born Losers Motorcycle Club, the Atlanta
Motorcycle Club, the Black Roses RC – Marietta Chapter, the Atlanta
No Name Riders, the Atlanta Motorcycle Enthusiasts, and the Blue Iron
Motorcycle Club Georgia among others. Clearly, there is no shortage of
motorcycle clubs in the region, and considering the freedom of the open
road, we understand!

Motorcycles make you feel free; they’re cheap on gas and get you
in and out of Atlanta traffic in a breeze. Unfortunately, motorcycles
are inherently dangerous due to their lack of protection, especially when
a negligent driver collides with a motorcyclist.

According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Motorcyclist deaths occurred 27 more times more frequently
than fatalities in other vehicles, based on 2014 crash data.” What’s
more, motorcyclists are six times more likely to be injured in a crash
than passenger car occupants, according to the NHTSA.

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?

As a rider, it’s your responsibility to ride drug and alcohol-free.
It’s your duty to wear a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
approved helmet, and to drive defensively. However, you can be the best
rider in the world and you get hit by a driver who failed to be on the
lookout for you. Unfortunately, this is how most motorcycle crashes happen.

In fact, most
motorcycle accidents between a motorcycle and a motor vehicle are caused by drivers who had
no idea the motorcyclist was there. “The majority of multi-vehicle
motorcycle crashes generally are caused when other drivers simply didn’t
see the motorcyclist,” says the NHTSA.

To protect yourself:

  • Take a rider education course
  • Wear a DOT-approved helmet
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Obey the traffic laws
  • Always ride defensively
  • Don’t ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol, including prescription drugs

To learn more about motorcycle rider-training courses, contact the
Motorcycle Safety Foundation at (800) 446-9227.

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Smyrna, Kennesaw, Woodstock,
or Marietta, contact Jones & Swanson at once to schedule a free consultation with a
Smyrna motorcycle accident lawyer. Call now to see how we can help you!

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Vehicle Safety Watch List Released

The Safety Institute releases a Vehicle Safety Watch List on a quarterly
basis with the purpose of identifying automobiles with the potential for
dangerous defects. The most recent list was released on March 1, 2017
and included statistics from injury and death claims from Early Warning Reports.

While The Safety Institute’s list may not include vehicle defects
that have been announced and made official, it does identify dangers that
may deserve further investigation as a result of dangerous reports from
consumers. Almost half the list is made up of GM vehicles.

First two spots on the Vehicle Safety Watch List each below to the Jeep
Grand Cherokee 4×4, years 2014 and 2015, due to powertrain issues. Third
is the 2012 Chrysler 300, followed by the 2008 Buick Enclave. Rounding
out the top five is the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt due to electrical concerns.
The remainder of the list of 15 is as follows:

  1. 2009 Toyota Camry – Speed Control
  2. 2007 Chevy Cobalt – Electrical
  3. 2008 Chevrolet Impala – Electrical
  4. 2012 GMC Acadia – Structural
  5. 2012 Volvo S60 – Steering
  6. 2012 Hyundai Elantra – Electronic Stability Control
  7. 2006 Pontiac G6 – Steering
  8. 2012 Ford Fusion – Steering
  9. 2015 Mazda6 – Structural
  10. 2012 Dodge Dart – Foundation Brake

Possibly the most surprising on this list is the 2012 Volvo S60, as this
brand is commonly known to be one of the safest on the road. The high
price point for Volvo automobiles also brings to question this potential
steering danger, though no official investigation or recall has been announced
for this vehicle yet.

More information and the complete list can be viewed online at
www.thesafetyinstitute.org.

The Safety Institute is a non-profit with the goal of preventing injuries
and promoting product safety. By using education, research and evidence
the organization hopes to make roadways a safer place for everyone.

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Asthma Inhalers Recalled

Inhaler recall

Earlier this month, more than 590,000 inhalers were recalled due to possible
defects that could pose risks to users. GlaxoSmithKline is a drug company
based in Britain which develops inhalers used by many United States citizens
for asthma control. The company received customer complaints regarding
packaging and leakage, which led to concern over the amount of Ventolin
the devices will deliver. If an inhaler were to leak, it could cause it
to produce a lower dosage than indicated when users need it.

While no injuries or illnesses have been reported because of this defect,
the British drug maker is requesting that the inhalers be removed from
pharmacies, hospitals, wholesalers and retailers immediately. Patients,
however, are not being required to return their inhalers. At this time,
the company is simply researching whether an issue exists with the inhalers,
as well as how to correct it if so.

The recall affects several Ventolin HFA 200D inhalers with lot numbers
6ZP9944, 6ZP9848 and 6ZP0003.

Asthma is a very common problem in the United States. Many people carry
an inhaler with them everywhere they go, simply as a precaution. But what
if that device fails to work as described? An ineffective inhaler can
be the difference between life and death. So make sure you understand
how to best use your inhaler and check for recalls regularly.

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