Archive | August, 2012

Buckle-Up! Tragic Example – A Collision In Texas Kills 5 Children In An Over-Loaded Van

Posted on 22 August 2012 by Monica Zech

A horrible Crash In Texas, Monday, August 20, 2012 – Kills Five Children

An Over Loaded Van – Most Un-Restrained – Major Factors 

TYLER, Texas  — A tire exploded on an overloaded SUV, causing a rollover crash that killed five children and injured five other family members as they headed to a Texas waterpark, investigators said Tuesday.

The SUV was carrying 12 people, including nine children, Monday afternoon when it crashed near Van, about 70 miles east of Dallas, according to Department of Public Safety trooper Jean Dark. The passengers were wearing their swimsuits and the children were all siblings or cousins, Dark said.

The driver, 36-year-old Federico Acuna, and a 15-year-old girl were the only two wearing seat belts — and the only two not hurt in the crash, Dark said. Acuna lost control of the vehicle, which rolled several times before coming to rest on its top, she said. Ten passengers were thrown from the vehicle, she said.

Two boys and three girls died in the crash, while three other children and two adults were injured, she said.

The GMC Envoy was carrying too many passengers and had no child safety seats, Dark said. No charges have been filed and an investigation is ongoing.

The DPS identified the children who died as: 13-year-old Rosvaelia Jaimes; 7-year-old Omar Jaimes; 6-year-old Saideth Acuna; 3-year-old Ulisa Acuna; and 2-year-old Urit Jaimes.


The family came from Marshall and had been driving to the Splash Kingdom water park in Canton, about 55 miles east of Dallas.

*Note: If you truly care about the safety of your children – make sure each passanger is wearing a seat-belt – never double up, it’s one person per seat belt – and that young children are in properly fitted car seats!   Slow down – you have less control of your vehicle the faster you drive.  Please be safe!

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Motorcycle Safety Dedication

Posted on 12 August 2012 by Monica Zech

The motorcycle safety information on my website and in my safe driving lectures are dedicated to “two” special people – both were killed while riding their motorcycles.


Motorcycle Safety Instructor & A Good Friend Paul Palika

Dedicated to a long time friend in safety Paul Palika.  He was heavily involved in motorcycle safety training for the military and for civilians.  We worked together numerous times doing safety presentations for several years.  Sadly, he was killed on March 12. 2011, on the 805 near Balboa Avenue while riding his motorcycle in the rain.  A vehicle driving way too fast for the rainy conditions spun out in front of Paul.  He struck the car and was thrown from his bike and killed.


Eric Joshua Dobles - this photo was taken the day of his graduation from Camp Pendleton's Boot Camp. Taken the day before he was killed on his motorcycle

On October 11, 2011, Eric Joshua Dobles, age 20,  had just graduated from Camp Pendleton’s Marine Boot Camp the day before. He is pictured here with his very proud family in the above photo …again, taken the day before he died.  According to his family, he always wanted to own and ride a motorcycle.  Before getting the proper training, he bought a motorcycle and attempted to ride it home.  According to police Eric struck a parked vehicle on Jamacha Road, north of E. Main Street, and was killed.  His family is devastated.

It is your choice to ride a motorcycle, but please get the proper training, special drivers license and insurance needed to ride a motorcycle.  Also be aware of the many dangers involved when riding a motorcycle.  Wear a full helmet, wear the proper clothing.  Also realize there is “zero” protection for your body when riding on a motorcycle…these are the worse crash scenes I respond to.

Motorcycle Safety website:

Please be safe!

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