Man riding scooter dies, trapped under car at DuPont Circle, officials say

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– A man has died, DC Fire says, after he was struck by a car while riding a scooter at DuPont Circle Northwest Friday.

DC Fire and EMS says they extricated the man, who was trapped underneath the car. Investigators say it appears the victim was riding a dockless electric scooter at the time of the crash.

Officials say the man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries but has since died.

DC police say the striking vehicle remained on the scene.

This is a developing story. Stay with FOX 5 for updates.
 

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Sheriff’s officer hit by vehicle during chase near courthouse

BRIDGETON –  Authorities say a manhunt is underway for a Vineland man accused of fleeing the Cumberland County Courthouse on Wednesday before running his vehicle into a sheriff’s officer, who was seriously injured when he was pinned against his own cruiser.

The fugitive is Ronald Ragsdale, a resident of East Oak Road, according to a court document released Friday by county Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae.

Sheriff’s Officer Jordan Bray, in his second year with the department, was taken to a hospital with injuries including a “crush injury” to one hand and contusions to his back and abdomen, according to an arrest warrant and affidavit filed by his partner.

Sheriff’s Officer Brock Howgate states in the affidavit the incident began in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Joseph Chiarello.

Ragsdale fled after the judge ordered him taken to the county jail, Howgate states.

Bray and Howgate “attempted to apprehend Ronald Ragsdale in the parking garage of the courthouse when Ragsdale assaulted Officer J. Bray with his motor vehicle and eluded,” Howgate states in the affidavit.

A surveillance camera captured some of what happened, the affidavit states. Ragsdale is believed to be “drug-dependent” and was in drug court on Wednesday, it says.

The sheriff’s department filed five charges against Ragsdale, including aggravated assault and eluding for allegedly driving his vehicle into Bray.

The affidavit states Ragsdale ignored a signal from Howgate to stop his vehicle.

Sheriff’s officers provide security at the county courthouse, which is at Fayette and Broad streets.

The nearby parking garage is directly behind the Prosecutor’s Office on Vine Street.

The affidavit does not explain how Ragsdale could escape the courthouse, since entry and exit is limited to a guarded lobby.

Joseph P. Smith; jpsmith_dj; (856) 563-5252; jsmith@gannettnj.com

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Kalamazoo officer injured; fleeing driver at large | News | WKZO

KALAMAZOO (WKZO AM/FM) — Kalamazoo Public Safety officers are searching for a teen that injured one of their own officers during a traffic stop in the Southside Neighborhood.

It happened just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Maple and South Burdick Streets.

Officers were attempting to pull over a 19-year-old man for allegedly driving on a suspended license and fleeing from police the day prior.

However the driver sped off again, hitting the door of the police cruiser as the officer was getting out, causing the door to go smashing into the officer.

The officer was treated at Bronson Hospital for a minor injury.

Investigators are now searching for the 19-year-old Kalamazoo suspect who will be charged with felonious assault on a police officer, fleeing and eluding, and driving with a suspended license when he is found.

An investigation is underway.

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4-Year-Old in Critical Condition After Being Struck by Minivan in …

A 4-year-old child is in critical condition after being struck by a car in Brooklyn, the NYPD said.

Witnesses say the little boy jumped off the sidewalk and darted into the road near 13th Avenue and 44th Street in Borough Park around 2 p.m. Wednesday, right into the front of a minivan.

“He wasn’t moving. He wasn’t moving, he was just on the floor,” said Juan Guinea of Borough Park. 

Guinea said the driver, a young woman, came out of the minivan screaming. 

Child Critically Hurt After Struck by SUV in Brooklyn

[NY] Child Critically Hurt After Struck by SUV in Brooklyn

“It was just a disaster.” 

A Hatzalah ambulance took the child to Maimonides Medical Center with severe head trauma, and the 20-year-old driver of the car remained at the scene, police said.

The driver’s mother told News 4 New York at the scene that her daughter, who only has a permit, was stopped at a red light and started to go when the light turned green.

That’s when the boy, who was accompanied by an adult, jumped in front of the car, and the adult couldn’t hold the boy back in time, according to the driver’s mother.

The woman behind the wheel has been driving since she was 16, but this was her first time driving by herself without a permit on her, according to the driver’s mother. 

Police took the driver to the station for questioning. It’s not clear if she’ll face charges, but police say there is no sign of criminality at this time. 

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3-Year-Old in Critical Condition After Being Struck by Minivan in Brooklyn: Police

A 3-year-old child is in critical condition after being struck by a car in Brooklyn, the NYPD said.

Witnesses say the little boy jumped off the sidewalk and darted into the road near 13th Avenue and 44th Street in Borough Park around 2 p.m. Wednesday, right into the front of a minivan.

“He wasn’t moving. He wasn’t moving, he was just on the floor,” said Juan Guinea of Borough Park. 

Guinea said the driver, a young woman, came out of the minivan screaming. 

Child Critically Hurt After Struck by SUV in Brooklyn

[NY] Child Critically Hurt After Struck by SUV in Brooklyn

“It was just a disaster.” 

A Hatzalah ambulance took the child to Maimonides Medical Center with severe head trauma, and the 20-year-old driver of the car remained at the scene, police said.

The driver’s mother told News 4 New York at the scene that her daughter, who only has a permit, was stopped at a red light and started to go when the light turned green.

That’s when the boy, who was accompanied by an adult, jumped in front of the car, and the adult couldn’t hold the boy back in time, according to the driver’s mother.

The woman behind the wheel has been driving since she was 16, but this was her first time driving by herself without a permit on her, according to the driver’s mother. 

Police said the driver was not arrested, but was issued a summons for unlicensed operation of a vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.  

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State Trooper injured in crash on Route 198 – WIVB.com

State Trooper injured in crash on Route 198
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A New York State Trooper was injured during a traffic stop on Route 198 in Buffalo.

State police say the Trooper was in his car when an eastbound truck hit the rear end of the vehicle, along with the vehicle that was pulled over.

The Trooper’s injuries were minor, and he was taken away by an ambulance for evaluation.

The collision is under investigation.

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State Trooper injured in crash on Route 198
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A New York State Trooper was injured during a traffic stop on Route 198 in Buffalo.

State police say the Trooper was in his car when an eastbound truck hit the rear end of the vehicle, along with the vehicle that was pulled over.

The Trooper’s injuries were minor, and he was taken away by an ambulance for evaluation.

The collision is under investigation.

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State Trooper injured in crash on Route 198
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A New York State Trooper was injured during a traffic stop on Route 198 in Buffalo.

State police say the Trooper was in his car when an eastbound truck hit the rear end of the vehicle, along with the vehicle that was pulled over.

The Trooper’s injuries were minor, and he was taken away by an ambulance for evaluation.

The collision is under investigation.

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New camera could help authorities enforce Move Over law in Northeast Ohio



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File of law enforcement on the side of the road as driver don’t abide by Ohio’s Move Over law.

CLEVELAND – Move over or slow down. It’s the law and it’s an issue we’ve been investigating for months. Now a new technology could help law enforcement enforce the law when drivers don’t slow down or move over when there is a disabled vehicle on the side of the road.

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“Every time we do our jobs we’re pulling over on the side of the road, we’ve got people blowing by us, we can’t get anyone to slow down or move over,” Jay Marek, with Rich’s Towing, said.

“We’ve all lost people because of a vehicle traveling off the road and striking someone just doing their job,”  said Highway Patrol Lt. Rob Gable.

Per the Move Over Law, drivers are supposed to move over one lane when approaching any vehicle with flashing lights. If they can’t, they’re supposed to slow down. 

And even after enforcement actions and several fatal accidents and injuries involving roadside workers in Northeast Ohio, not all drivers are taking notice. 

We did. 

Roadside workers, law enforcement and a tech company have a possible solution, all brought together in Ohio Tuesday for a meeting on safety. 

In our recent coverage, we introduced a company, Brekford, that’s working on tech that closes the gap when it comes to issues enforcing the law- a camera system that mounts into or onto any roadside vehicle to detect offenders. 

That story landed them in Northeast Ohio Tuesday, after a few calls by Jay Marek, with Rich’s Towing, who has been involved in our coverage of the issue and followed up. 

“To find out this kind of technology existed? I was ecstatic, I couldn’t call you fast enough,” Marek said to News 5.

News 5 helped connect Rich’s Towing and Brekford President and COO, Rod Hillman. 

“When Jay called us, as a result of that? We were like of course, we’d be glad to come out,” Hillman told News 5. 

Brekford presented their tech and ideas at a meeting that brings roadside workers together. 

Here’s how it works— their small camera mounts on a vehicle providing a 180-degree angle view. The system combines the camera with speed and distance tracking radar, as well as proof the emergency lights were flashing. 

“It’s a complex tracking radar that can identify the speeds and the precise distances. The radar knows whether you’re in the adjacent lane or you’ve been able to move over,” Hillman explained. 

The camera’s system pulls out violations specifically, not just hours of video, making evidence gathering, or issuing of a warning/citation possible. 

Hillman said he recognizes that using camera technology for citations is a controversial issue in Ohio and across the country. He explained their system can be used to issue warnings, proven to help create awareness of not only the law but the problem. 

“Our goal right now is to test them and provide data,” Hillman said. 

“The Highway Patrol is not looking at employing any devices like these, but we are interested in the public being more aware of the possibility of something like this,” Lt. Rob Gable said.

Ohio Highway Patrol ticketed more than 600 drivers, breaking the Move Over law, in an enforcement action they participated in this past summer. 

One of Brekford’s first tester markets? South Bloomfield, Ohio whose police department reached out to them. 

Police and a tow truck operator ran a 14-minute test on a stop, the average time they take. And in those 14 minutes, the camera captured 29 violations.

According to Hillman and Marek, the Cleveland area will be their next Ohio test market, with plans to put the technology on one of the tow trucks this October. 

They’ll gather local data and information then, but they will not issue warnings or citations.

“We want to go home at the end of the day and if you’re not going to be compliant, this will make you complain over time. We just want to get the information out there to get people to slow down and move over,” Jay Marek said. 

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