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August 2013 Archives

States don't always restrict doctors after complaints

Medical professionals in Georgia may be carefully watching a Texas case in which one doctor continued to practice medicine despite thousands of dollars in fines, restrictions on prescribing medication and a medical license on probation. In 2011, he again went before the medical board after allegations that he prescribed painkillers to a woman that eventually resulted in her wrongful death. Just 11 months earlier, another woman also passed away while under his care. No stranger to the board, he had not only faced sanctions for his mishandling of medications, but he reportedly abused drugs himself. After four more years, the board finally revoked his licence.

Two students on their way to school involved with semi collision

Georgia drivers involved in an accident may be able to find out in a hurry just how fast expenses can pile up. Two North Oconee High School students were injured Aug. 15 when their Nissan Altima was involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer. The Georgia State Patrol reported the Nissan driver, a 17-year-old Bogart resident, was traveling eastbound on Georgia Highway 53 at 8 a.m. While trying to turn left into the school parking lot he collided with the semi, which was traveling westbound.

Woman killed when crossing the street

A 35-year-old Atlanta, Georgia, woman was killed in an accident after a car struck her when she stepped out into the street. According to the report, the driver who was involved in the catastrophic accident allegedly did not see woman. She had been a bartender and assistant general manager for a nearby pub.

Truck regulations enforced by appellate court

Georgia truck drivers may be interested to learn that regulations enacted by the U.S. Transportation Department were upheld by a federal appeals court with one small exception. According to the report, the regulations hope to increase safety standards for truckers by mandating reducing the amount of driving before a break is required.

Multi-vehicle crash in Atlanta kills one person

One person died in a multi-car wreck earlier this month on the Downtown Connector in central Atlanta. The deadly crash began when a Jeep Compass hit a retaining wall on the highway, veered back onto the roadway and came to a halt in the middle of a travel lane on the Downtown Connector. Three vehicles stopped to avoid hitting the Jeep, police said. A fourth vehicle, a Volvo X90, did not stop for the other vehicles in the lane. The Volvo crashed into the rear of a Kia Forte, killing a passenger in the front seat of the Kia.

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