16 families and victims of an Allentown, Pennsylvania gas explosion that occurred last month recently received their first checks as compensation for their injuries. Five people were killed in the tragic gas explosion.
The gas explosion occurred in a neighborhood in Allentown and left 27 homes damaged, and 8 destroyed. The first round of checks sent out from the Allentown gas explosion relief fund ranged from $500 to $5,000 and totaled $31, 380.
Donations to the fund have totaled around $118,000. The fund was set up as a way to help the families meet immediate needs, like hospital bills and medical expenses related to injuries caused by the gas explosion. A second round of checks from the fund will be sent out to the victims in a couple weeks.
Unfortunately, the donations made have not amounted to enough to help all of the families meet all of their needs and they may need to seek legal help for their injuries.
Three years ago, a 54-year-old man chased a teenager down the street after the teen stole the tip jar from Starbucks. Now, the man’s estate has filed a wrongful death claim against Starbucks.
The incident occurred in St. Louis when the man was waiting in line at Starbucks and a teenager grabbed the tip jar and ran off. The man chased after him into the parking lot when he struggled with the teen to get the jar back and fell in lot and struck his head on the ground.
The man died two days later in the hospital. The teenager served a year in jail for manslaughter. The family has now filed a suit, not against the teen, but against Starbucks for “inviting criminal behavior” by leaving the tip jars in the reach of customers.
A new bill has currently been passed through the Senate Transportation Committee and will now be debated on the floor that could allow anyone over 21 to not have to wear helmet while on a motorcycle.
Advocates who are pushing the bill are saying that a helmet is a burden when riding because it takes away from the feeling of freedom while riding and also may affect their hearing while driving. The current law in Missouri states that all drivers and passengers on a motorcycle must wear a helmet.
A Vandalia man was injured in an car accident in Pike County over the weekend.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the man was driving south when he failed to handle a curve correctly and ran off the left side of the road.
The driver then lost control of the vehicle causing it to flip and roll over. The man was transported to Pike County Memorial Hospital in Louisiana for treatment.
Car accidents can happen unexpectedly and cause serious injury, our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim.