Death of Two Shooting Victims Leads to Myrtle Beach Man’s Arrest

57964d1bb65f2.imageThe deadly shooting that took place on Saturday evening has led to the arrest of one man who the Myrtle Beach Police feel is connected to the crime. It took officers until about 4:30 p.m. Sunday to compile the facts needed in order for them to arrest Calvin Derrell Ford. He faces multiple charges, including: possession of a weapon during a violent crime, two counts of murder, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The police officers feel that there’s a good chance additional charges will be filed against Ford in the future

The information on the arrest warrant states that witnesses observed Ford arguing with one of the victims who was later shot. The same witness also stated that they saw Ford firing multiple rounds. At the time of his arrest, Ford was already under GPS monitoring that the investigators used to confirm both that Ford was at the scene at the time of the shooting and fled after the alleged time the shots were fired.

The victims are listed as 26 year old Dameion Alston and 27 year old Macquis Burgess. Both were transported to Grand Strand Medical Center where they both passed away as a result of their injuries.

According to police reports pertaining to the event, Station #1 firefighters were the first to hear both the shots and someone who pounded on their door seeking help.

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When everyone arrived on the scene, both victims were already in critical condition.

Your heart has to go out to the family of the victims who find themselves not only dealing with the unexpected loss of their loved ones, but also have to deal with unanticipated financial fallout that goes hand in hand with these types of cases,” said Attorney Joseph Sandefur of Myrtle Beach’s top personal injury firm. “I hope the family seeks legal advice during this trying time.”

Most people think that the only way that they can file a civil lawsuit in criminal cases such as this one is if the people accused of the crime are found guilty. That’s not strictly true. There have been situations where a person can be found guilty of a crime and forced to pay a jury awarded verdict even after they have escaped a criminal conviction.

injlawIt’s important to remember that every single case is different which is the family members of loved ones who have died a wrongful death similar to those of Dameion Alston and Macquis Burgess. The only way to determine how to proceed in a civil case is with the assistance of a good personal injury lawyer who has dedicated their life to helping the loved ones of victims who suffered a wrongful death. Not only will the personal injury lawyer investigate the crime and determine if there’s even enough evidence to justify the pursuit of a civil lawsuit, they will also handle the negotiation process.

For additional information about personal injury and wrongful death cases, contact the experienced attorneys at Joe and Martin.

 

Police Report Increase in Violence Outside California Clubs

For the second time, someone has been found outside the Center City nightclub after they’ve been knocked unconscious. The first time this happened, no one was aware of the incident until a video of the incident was posted on YouTube. The video was later removed. That particular incident took place at 1:30am.

Bouncer-knocks-young-man-outDuring the video, the individual who was clubbed and left lying on the ground, unconscious, walks up to a man and speaks to him. Most of the conversation is indistinct, but at one point the victim can be heard saying, “Now if you hit me and you swing and you miss can I still go inside?” It isn’t long before the much larger man balls up his fist, draws back his arm, and punches the victim in the face. The video ends shortly after the victim crumbles to the sidewalk where he remains unconscious.

According to one witness, the larger man was a club bouncer and the victim an individual who had been kicked out of the club and was hoping that if they could convince the bouncer to punch him, he’d be allowed back in. The witness reports that the victim was only unconscious for approximately a minute before they regained their feet and started speaking to others who were outside the club.

“The guy was fine,” the witness said. “He did have a gash in his head so he went to the hospital in an ambulance. The bouncer walked away and got in a car that rolled up and that was that.”

Coda Club owner, Dan Gross, doesn’t agree with one aspect of the witnesses statement. He claim that the larger man is not affiliated with the Coda Club and has never worked for them in a bouncer capacity.

It was later revealed that the large man who threw the punch was actually an off duty employee of Mainline Security. After seeing the video, Mainline Security severed all professional ties with the individual.

Coda_Punch_Philly.07c5bc90.fill-735x490A second, and apparently separate incident, currently has California police once again looking at the Coda Club parking lot. This time a 25-year-old individual when to the police and reported that a Coda bouncer assaulted them. At the time, the second victim reported that they didn’t have any injuries.

When the second incident was first reported, the police believed that the individual was actually the victim in the first video, but when the investigated the matter further, they learned that there were indeed two different cases, even though there were a lot of similarities between the two episodes.

California personal injury attorney Drew Warren fully expects that a personal injury claim will be filed shortly. “In the first incident there’s evidence suggesting that the victim was hurt and required medical attention. Filing a personal injury claim naming both Coda Club and Mainline Security would be the best way for the individual to pay their medical expenses.”

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Intersection Dangers

ScreenshotIntersections can be the most dangerous part of anyone’s daily commute. These planned points of conflict occur on Local streets, state and U.S. highways, or county roads. Cars, pedestrians, and cyclists all converge in one spot and are forced to negotiate safe passage.  Successfully addressing intersections is a major factor in road safety challenges we all face. According to an article written for U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, “Red-light running is a serious intersection safety issue across the nation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Traffic Safety Facts 2008 Report, there were more than 2.3 million reported intersection-related crashes, resulting in more than 7,770 fatalities and approximately 733,000 injury crashes in 2008.”

Intersections can become congested when traffic volumes are high. This causes inefficiencies and user delays that result in increasing frustrations and poor judgment. Personal injuries in Ocala Florida were numerous. In 2013 the Florida Highway Patrol issued 122 citations, city police agencies issued 259 citations, and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office issued 36 citations, all for red light running. An estimated 165,000 people are injured by red-light runners annually.   

To help mitigate the risks intersections pose and reduce the amount of personal injuries, Ocala must come up with diverse strategies to address intersection safety.  Engineering based strategies, which includes geometric design and the application of traffic control devices (such as signs, markings and signals) need to be utilized to successfully design a safe system for our intersections.  Those strategies alone will not solve the problem. It is equally important to involve education and enforcement measures.

In an effort to educate and further reduce the amount of personal injuries, Ocala residents are encouraged to read the following excerpt from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. An article entitled “10 things we bet you didn’t know about red light running” sheds further light on the subject.

“Ten Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Red-Light Running”

  1. You or your loved ones are more likely to be injured due to a red-light running related crash than any other type of crash.
  2. Running red lights or other traffic controls is the most common cause of all urban crashes.
  3. Someone runs a red light an average of every 20 minutes at urban intersections
  4. In the last decade, red-light running crashes killed nearly 9,000 people
  5. An estimated 165,000 motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians are injured annually by red-light runners.
  6. Half of the people killed by red-light runners are not the signal violators, they are passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.
  7. Nearly 93% of drivers believe running a red light is unacceptable, yet 1 in 3 drivers reported doing so in the past 30 days.
  8. There are an average of 7 fatal crashes and over 1,000 injury crashes EVERY DAY at signalized intersections across the United States.
  9. The cost to society of all crashes exceeds $230 billion annually.
  10. The tragedies and costs resulting from red-light running are preventable!”

(For the full article go here http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/redlight/brochure.cfm).

Intersection safety is not only a national or state priority, it is also local priority. If you are the victim of a signal violator and have suffered a personal injury in Ocala or Marion County, seek legal advice immediately. Olsen Law Firm, PA has an established reputation in the community for their devotion to helping victims of negligence.  Contact them today for a free conciliation.