Sandy Springs Injury Lawyer News Updates
You can’t spell EARTH without the ART. Spalding Drive Charter Elementary School believes in the arts as well. For the fourth year in a row, they are partnering with the Alliance Theater to help the students experience the fine arts. For 6-8 weeks, a professional artist helps create the lessons and bring out the students’ inner creativity. At the end of the lesson, each student presents their finished art to everyone. Principal Lynn Johnson believes wholeheartedly that the arts are vital to our society.
Sandy Springs is getting another park! On April 13, Abernathy Greenway, a park located near where Abernathy Road meets Wright Road, will be open to the public officially. The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 4:00 pm on April 13. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul is excited and eager to get to the opening. The new park will offer a walking trail, benches, bike racks, and pet waste stations for the park-goers.
Sandy Springs schools are sending students to study overseas! Japanese teacher/sensei Tomomi Davis, of Ridgeview Middle School, is leading the 10-day trip to Japan. Davis was once a foreign exchange student to the U.S. from Japan as well. The trip is funded entirely from the Japanese Kakehashi project, a large youth exchange program between the U.S. and Japan.
Sandy Springs is going to celebrate Arbor day once again on February 23, 2018. Mayor Rusty Paul channeled his inner Ralph Waldo Emerson when he said, “One acorn, one sapling”, referencing Emerson’s famous quote: “the creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn”. The city of Sandy Springs will be giving away saplings and planting one themselves. In January, the city planted over 200 trees.
Sandy Springs has announced that it’s seeking companies to help their residents. As of Jan 22, Sandy Springs is seeking qualified companies to help the city bring in new parks, as well as provide their municipal court services. Sandy Springs helped pioneer public-outsourcing, and they’re looking to continue it.
AirBnB has been a breath of fresh air for a lot of people. It allows short-term, cheap rentals in private residences instead of forcing non-residents to buy a hotel room for their stay. According to the AJC, over 1/3 of travelers in the United States used AirBnB in 2015. However, Sandy Springs city council is considering adding more regulations to a service like AirBnB. In 2017, there were 211 AirBnBs operating in Sandy Springs. These new regulations would require that only permanent residents in Sandy Springs could operate an AirBnB, preventing property owners who don’t live in Sandy Springs from operating one.
Traffic is the problem everyone can agree on. MARTA is trying to help though. The MARTA Board of Directors recently approved a new bus route on Holcomb Bridge Road. Route 142, as it’s been named, starts at the Mansell Road Park-and-Ride, travels down 400 to Holcomb Bridge Road, to Spalding Drive and River Exchange Drive. From there, passengers can transfer onto other routes. Traffic can’t get worse, right?
Atlanta traffic stinks, doesn’t it? Southern perfume, as some folks call it, was left all over an intersection of Georgia 400 and I-285 one early morning when a tractor-trailer truck hauling 40,000 pounds of chicken manure overturned. The truck flipped over at approximately 3:00 in the morning, and the cleanup took until about 5:30 that same morning. Luckily, there were no serious delays.
The Atlanta Fire-Rescue and Atlanta Police arrived at 1110 West Peachtree Street near 13th Street in Atlanta to respond to a fatal construction accident involving a concrete placing. 20-year-old Louis Deleon, Jr. was employed by Batson-Cook Construction at the time he died on the Northside Hospital Midtown Medical Office Building project. Batson-Cook Construction is working with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) while they conduct their investigation.
A Fulton County man died after being struck by a vehicle on I-85. The Fulton County man was on the bride on Old National Highway near I-85 when a College Park police officer recognized a him with an outstanding warrant. The police officer began to chase the man. The man climbed up three five-foot barriers on I-85 before being hit by a vehicle. The driver did not see the man. Georgia Bureau of Investigations is investigating the officer’s involvement in the accident. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the fatal accident. No names have been released as investigations are ongoing.
Donald Diem, age 44, died in a two-vehicle accident on GA-400. Sandy Springs Police investigated the scene. Diem was driving a 2008 Dodge Ram and slammed it into the back of a tractor trailer going south on GA-400 near Northridge Road. Diem’s truck was towing a small Jon boat on a boat trailer. The tractor trailer, driven by James Howard, was hauling a full load. Witnesses stated that Diem rear ended the tractor trailer at full speed. Sandy Springs Police reported that the impact caused the Dodge Ram to rotate counter-clockwise which caused the boat on the trailer to jack-knife. Diem’s vehicle and the tractor trailer came to rest in a ditch. Howard was transported to Northside hospital for a panic attack.
A two-car crash along GA-400 in Sandy Springs killed one driver, Kacey N. Webb of Atlanta. A Ford F-150 struck the back of a 2005 black Volvo S40 traveling in the left lane of 400. The Volvo S40 driver did not have its lights on and was either stopped or traveling slow. The wreck is still under investigation.
On Monday, June 20, 2017, the Sandy Springs Police began searching for a man who drew his gun and threatened another man in road rage on Friday, June 16, 2017 in North Fulton. The altercation took place on Roswell Road near Cliftwood Drive and an I-285 ramp. The suspect was in a Mercedes and began honking his horn when the victim was stopped to let a pedestrian cross. After the pedestrian crossed, the victim shouted for the Mercedes driver to go around, but instead the man got out with his gun in his hand. The victim said that the suspect told him multiple times that he would kill him. Then he got in his vehicle and drove away. Police have a photograph of the suspect’s car and license plate provided by the victim. Police are actively searching for the suspect described as 5-foot-nine with short dark hair. The name of the victim has not been released.
The church bus driver, Jerry Sims, who caused the wreck involving the death of a 17-year-old girl (Sarah Harmening) and injured 21 others has been charged with second degree vehicular homicide and failure to maintain lane. Sims is still in the hospital recovering from his injuries. Sims’s attorney said that the charges are misdemeanor traffic offenses because drugs or alcohol were not involved. He also said that Sims is receiving a lot of support from the families whose children were affected by the wreck.
17 year-old Sarah Harmening was killed in a bus crash in Fulton County and 39 were injured. Harmening was a passenger in a bus with her fellow youth group members from Mt. Zion Baptists Church in Huntsville, Alabama. The youth group is made up of juniors and seniors. There were 42 students and adults on the bus. The bus tried to change lanes and collided with a Chyrsler 200. The bus driver steered left and lost control of the bus. The bus his the uneven median and rolled over into a Mercedes. Crash victims were transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Atlanta Medical Center, Grady Memorial Hospital, and South Regional Medical Center.
Anna Maria Giacomi lost an arm and a leg after a donkey attack. On a commercial farm in north Georgia, Ms. Giacomi was feeding a donkey. The donkey, who is normally fed by the locals, bit her, and dragged her into its enclosure. Ms. Giacomi was rushed to the hospital for her injuries. Unfortunately, she developed a flesh-eating bacteria from the donkey bites and had to have her arm and leg amputated. This incident took place in November of 2015 and this month our firm Butler Tobin LLC reached an outstanding settlement with the farm. The farm cannot be identified because of a signed confidentiality agreement.
Fulton County Police responded to a serious crash involving a tractor-trailer and Lincoln Navigator on Campbellton-Fairburn Road near Butner Road in Atlanta. Four people are reported dead at the scene. Their names have not been released to the media as the investigation is underway.
A Fulton County school bus was involved in a fiery crash that injured 19 students on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, Georgia. There were two school buses stopped in the same lane north of Glenridge when a vehicle heading south on Roswell Road slammed into the back corner of one of the school buses. The impact was so hard that it pushed the bus under the other bus and caught on fire. Sandy Springs Police reported to the scene. The driver was charged with failure to maintain lane and had neck and back injuries. The Ridgeview Middle school children who were injured were taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital. The crash closed Roswell Road for three hours.
Fear of a rock slide causes a street to close in Sandy Springs. The City of Sandy Springs officials announced on Monday, March 13, 2017 that a section of Lake Forrest Drive has been indefinitely closed due to the unstable slope and potential for more rock slides. The closed section is between Stewart Drive and Maryeanna Drive. The city had structural and geotechnical engineers inspect the site. The engineers were concerned about the street’s conditions. Motorists traveling south can bypass the closed section of Lake Forrest Drive by taking Stewart Drive to Roswell Road and Maryeanna back to the open section of Lake Forrest. If you are headed northbound then take the same detour in reverse. The city said, “Drivers are asked to use extreme caution and maintain the posted speed limits along the detour routes.”
The Sandy Springs Police are actively searching for a suspect wanted for armed robbery at a home on Spalding Creek Court. According to the victim, the suspect was a 5’10 tall African-American male in his late 20s at about 160 lbs in weight. The victim told police that he was held at gunpoint, robbed of all the money he had in his pockets, and then forced into his own vehicle. The robber made the man go to a nearby ATM and he had to withdraw hundreds of dollars in cash. The robber drove off from the ATM leaving the man. Later, the victim’s car was found in Lithonia. The alleged robber is still at large.
The Georgia Department of Education just released its annual School Climate Star rating for all Georgia school systems on January 26, 2017. The School Climate Star is a rating based on the school’s quality and character of school life. Schools with a high School Climate Star rating helps to determine if the school is on the right path for improvement. There were 20 Fulton County schools rated with a 5-Star which was a big change from 2015 with only 4 schools. The Fulton County schools with 5-Star ratings for 2016 were: (1) Abbotts Hill Elementary School, Johns Creek; (2) Alpharetta High School, Alpharetta; (3) Autrey Mill Middle School, Johns Creek; (4) Barnwell Elementary School, Johns Creek; (5) Crabapple Crossing Elementary School, Milton; (6) Crabapple Middle School, Roswell; (7) Dolvin Elementary School, Johns Creek; (8) Elkins Pointe Middle School, Roswell; (9) Heards Ferry Elementary School, Sandy Springs; (10) Hopewell Middle School, Milton; (11) New Prospect Elementary School, Alpharetta; (12) Northview High School, Johns Creek; (13) Northwestern Middle School, Milton; (14) River Trail Middle School, Johns Creek; (15) Sandy Springs Middle School, Sandy Springs; (16) Summit Hill Elementary, Milton; (17) Sweet Apple Elementary School, Roswell; (18) Webb Bridge Middle School, Alpharetta; (19) Wilson Creek Elementary School, Johns Creek; and (20) Hapeville Charter Career Academy, Hapeville.
Sandy Springs’ City Councilmember Tibby DeJulio proposed naming a street in downtown Sandy Springs after the late Dr. Leila Daughtry Denmark. Dr. Demark was a pediatrician in Sandy Springs, and she also helped develop the whooping cough vaccine. She lived to age 114. The renowned doctor was also an author of the book “Every Child Should Have a Chance”. City spokesperson Sharon Kraun indicated that the City staff members are researching the possibility for the name Denmark Street. The street will connect Roswell Road and Boylston Street.