Another crash for Nick O’Leary

Wednesday update: I have confirmed through several sources that the dirt bike version of the story (see below) is mostly correct and that O’Leary is expected to miss the rest of spring football. I do not have confirmation on the exact injuries, other than that while they are enough to keep him out of spring ball, they are not serious or life threatening.

Original story from Tuesday

I’ve received several messages inquiring as to whether Florida State tight end Nick O’Leary had been in another motorcycle/scooter accident over the weekend. Ordinarily, I’d dismiss these offhand and not even address them, due to it being April Fool’s day. But the first three mentions regarding the matter came late Sunday and early Monday, and it hasn’t died down.

The rumor about which I’m being most consistently asked is that on Sunday, O’Leary, had to lay down his bike (one says it was a dirt bike and not a motorcycle or scooter) and lost a piece of his ear, and has bad enough road rash/burn on his back to keep him out for the rest of spring.

Let me stress that as of Tuesday afternoon, this is a rumor.

It very well could be connected to some sort of twisted April Fool’s thing, but the timing of the initial messages, combined with nobody being able to remember O’Leary at Monday’s scrimmage (see below) leads me to believe there could be more to the story.

A trusted source also believes there could be legs to this story.

I know someone who saw O’Leary on Saturday afternoon and at that point he certainly did not look to be injured.

But Tomahawk Nation’s Dustin Tackett, as well as Chris Nee and Tim Linafelt of Noles247.com do not recall him being at the scrimmage Monday during the open viewing portion (and also do not recall him being with the injured players off to the side at the scrimmage).

Fisher was not asked about O’Leary after the scrimmage, nor did he offer any statement about the senior tight end.

And O’Leary was also not at the Capitol Tuesday as the team was being honored by the Florida House of Representatives.

Fisher’s next availability will be Wednesday, and at that time he is sure to be asked about the situation then, unless the matter is cleared up sooner.

College football fans will recall that O’Leary, the grandson of golfer Jack Nicklaus, was in a horrific motorcycle crash nearly a year ago, which was captured by a camera on a city bus. Incredibly, O’Leary walked away from the crash with minimal injuries. The video is available below.

After that event, O’Leary swore off motorcycles and scooters.

“I’m done with them … At least until I’m done playing football,” he told the Palm Beach Post.

O’Leary is on pace to break nearly every tight end record at Florida State University. A three-year starter, he has amassed 973 career receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, with 557 and 7 coming in his junior year.

Accident In Des Plaines Sends 4 To Area Hospitals

Wolf Road Crash

Wolf Road Crash

Paramedics treat patients at scene of crash on Wolf Road at Jarvis in Des Plaines early Wednesday morning, April 2.



Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 10:02 am
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Updated: 10:30 am, Wed Apr 2, 2014.

Accident In Des Plaines Sends 4 To Area Hospitals

By TOM ROBB
Journal Topics Reporter

Journal Topics Newspapers

A van and small sedan collided in the 2100 block of Wolf Road just before 8:30 a.m. this morning (Wednesday) shutting down traffic in both directions and sending several patients to area hospitals.


Firefighters and paramedics responding to the scene, and realizing how many passengers may have been injured, called for an ambulance box alarm which brought in additional paramedics from Des Plaines, Rosemont, Park Ridge, Rolling Meadows and Schiller Park, Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax told reporters at the scene.

Four victims were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Wolf Road between Howard and Touhy was reopened by 9:10 a.m.

Wax said firefighters extricated one crash victim from a gray Chevy Malibu. He described it as a minor extrication using pry bars and other hand tools rather than removing pieces of the car with heavier equipment.

The Malibu sustained major front-end damage while a yellow Stanley Steamer van towed from the scene appeared to sustain minor damage.

Police officers at the scene referred questions from reporters to upper-level commanders.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 10:02 am.

Updated: 10:30 am.

4 injured in Des Plaines car crash

Scene of a car crash in Des Plaines

A scene of a car crash in Des Plaines.
(Des Plaines Fire Department, Handout / April 2, 2014)

Couple dies in 4-vehicle crash

Rockdale is hurting.
A couple who helped change the face of the city—with numerous developments and business ventures over the past four decades—died Saturday morning in a four-vehicle collision on US 79 east of town that also seriously injured two Milano residents.

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Couple dies in 4-vehicle crash

Rockdale is hurting.
A couple who helped change the face of the city—with numerous developments and business ventures over the past four decades—died Saturday morning in a four-vehicle collision on US 79 east of town that also seriously injured two Milano residents.

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Bail set for Irving mother accused of killing two kids in car crash

Updated on April 1 at 4:10 p.m.: Bail has been set at $250,000 for Crystal Suniga, the Irving mother charged with intoxicated manslaughter in the death of two of her children.

Police have also learned that Suniga has a fifth child, but his whereabouts are unknown, said Irving police spokesman James McClellan.

Crystal Suniga, 30. Mugshot from arrest in 2013 for driving without a valid license. (Carrollton Police Department)

Original item March 31 at 7:17 p.m.: The Irving woman who crashed her SUV killing two of her children and injuring two others Saturday night admitted to drinking before driving, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Crystal Suniga, 30, lost control of her 2003 Honda Pilot about 8 p.m. and crashed into two vehicles parked in a driveway in the 1500 block of East Pioneer Drive, near Gilbert Elementary School. Police think she was driving between 60 and 90 mph in a neighborhood with a 30-mph speed limit.

Two of her children, Angel Reyes, 14, and Ricardo Hernandez, 10, were partially ejected and pinned under the SUV. They died at the scene.

Suniga told police she began drinking at 2 p.m. and had consumed five mojitos at her mother’s house, about a mile from the crash, the affidavit states.

Police said she smelled strongly of alcohol, was slurring her speech and had bloodshot eyes when they arrived. She admitted to being “buzzed” before leaving her mother’s house, the affidavit states.

She told officers, “I deserve to be punished,” according to police records.

Suniga, who was hospitalized with minor injuries from the airbag, was charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter, two counts of injury to a child and one count of intoxication assault. Her blood alcohol level was 0.18 — more than twice the legal limit, police said.

Neighbors helped pull her two other children from the SUV. Phoebee Mojica, 12, suffered minor cuts and scrapes. Her brother, Gabriel Navarez, 16, has a broken pelvis. Both children were yelling at their mother to slow down before the crash, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Police said all four children were wearing seat belts, but Suniga was not.

NEW INFORMATION: Investigators looking for witnesses to semi crash; boy …



ALMA, Wis. (BUFFALO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) – On Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at approximately 4:10pm, the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a child that had been struck by a semi on STH 25/35 at the intersection of Jefferson St in the Village of Nelson. On arrival, deputies found that the striking vehicle had continued southbound through Nelson after the accident, according to a witness. The victim was a nine year male, who sustained life threatening injuries. The child was transported by Alma Ambulance to Wabasha Hospital in Wabasha, MN, then transported by air ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN.

The limited description of the striking vehicle was described as having a white semi trailer with pictures on the side. The young witness was not able to tell deputies what the “pictures” were. There was no other description that could be provided by the witness. It’s unknown if the semi continued in the direction of Wabasha or if turned to go southbound on STH 35 in the direction of Alma.

The child was crossing the highway with one other child when the accident occurred. The children had stopped to yield for traffic, but victim ran out on to the highway and was struck by the rear portion of the semi trailer. The identity of the child is not being released at this time.

The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department is asking for assistance from anyone who may have witnessed the accident or could provide information regarding the accident. They are asked to call the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department at 608-685-4433.

The accident is being investigated by the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol. Also assisting a the scene was the Alma Ambulance and Nelson Fire Department.
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NELSON, Wis. (WEAU) — A sheriff’s department is investigating a collision between a vehicle and a child as a hit-and-run.

The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office responded to the intersection of State Highway 25/35 and Jefferson Street after 4 p.m. Tuesday. Chief Deputy Colin Severson says the vehicle hit a nine-year-old boy. He did not know the extent of the boy’s injuries. Severson did not identify the driver of the vehicle. He says the circumstances surrounding the crash are under investigation, and that more information could be released later Thursday evening.

Crews had a stretch of highway 25/35 blocked off at Cleveland Street. The road was re-opened after 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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NELSON, Wis. (WEAU) — A nine-year-old boy went taken to the hospital with injuries after a vehicle hit him in Nelson.

The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department responded to the intersection of State Highway 25/35 and Jefferson Street after 4 p.m. Tuesday. Chief Deputy Colin Severson did not know the extent of the boy’s injuries.

Severson did not identify the driver of the vehicle or the boy. He says the circumstances surrounding the crash are under investigation.

Man killed in rollover crash after leaving road in Tombstone, Ariz.

TOMBSTONE, Arizona — Authorities say a man is dead after a rollover crash Tuesday in Tombstone.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/1iYRNoZ) that 53-year-old Stanley Shuttleworth was found dead in a 1986 Nissan truck.

Cochise County sheriff’s spokeswoman Carol Capas says a county road worker stopped to inspect a damaged fence around 2 p.m. Tuesday and found the truck. Capas says the worker flagged down a Tombstone marshal’s deputy who checked the truck and found Shuttleworth unresponsive, the newspaper reports.

Capas says Shuttleworth approached a curve on Charleston Road near mile post 12 but left the road, went through a fence and rolled.

He was wearing a seat belt. His body was taken to the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://azstarnet.com

Iowa launches effort to reduce fatal crashes on secondary rural roads

DES MOINES, Iowa — Authorities are launching an effort to reduce fatal crashes on Iowa’s secondary rural roads.

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau announced the effort, which began Tuesday and continues through Sept. 30, 2015.

The program will focus on rural secondary roads in Allamakee, Marion, Webster, Fremont and Palo Alto counties. Those counties agreed to participate after an analysis of 10 years of crash data and seat belt compliance rates.

Participating counties will take a three-tier approach including enforcement of traffic laws, especially the seat belt law, education about traffic laws and low-cost safety improvements in the participating counties.

The safety bureau says 72 percent of fatal crashes in 2012 were on secondary rural roads. Those roads make up 79 percent of Iowa’s total roadways.

Iowa had 317 traffic fatalities in 2013.

4 hurt in crash on Sheikh Zayed Road in Ajman

Four people were injured in a traffic accident on Sheikh Zayed Road near the Al Roudha Area in the emirate of Ajman.

The accident happened when one of the vehicles stopped suddenly, resulting in a collision with another vehicle.

The injured were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Traffic and Patrols Department sent patrols to the scene immediately. The police helped to facilitate the work of the ambulance and ensured return to normal traffic.

Major Saif Al Falasi, Head of the Department of Traffic and Patrols, called on motorists not to stop in middle of the road, to show need attention and leave enough distance between vehicles.

He also urged drivers involved in accidents to park their cars on the side of the road for their own safety and the safety of others and to avoid blocking traffic.