A $4.45 million lawsuit has been filed against Walter Reed Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester following the death in July of an 89-year-old woman after a fall. Walter Reed Convalescent & Rehabilitation Center is owned by Virginia Health Services. The lawsuit filed by surviving relatives accuses the convalescent center of failing to properly monitor Gerda Harvey who was a “high unto extreme” fall risk while a resident at the convalescent center in July. Harvey suffered a brain hemorrhage in a July 23 fall that led to her death on July 30. Following the third fall on July 23, a bed alarm was installed to alert staff if Harvey attempted to get off the bed which the relative’s attorney says is what they should have done previously, and not after the third fall when it was too late.
At the Veterans Day march held at Colonial Williamsburg yesterday, men and women who retired from each of the service branches gathered from across the country to participate in the annual ceremony, more than 300 participated this year. Veterans Day traces its roots to Armistice Day, a holiday proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson after the end of World War I to honor troops returning home. Later, President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation changing the holiday’s name to the more expansive Veterans Day.
One in six fatal crashes involve a drowsy driver, a problem that particularly affects younger motorists, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. A recent survey conducted by the motor club found one in seven licensed drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 admitted to “nodding off” at least once during the past year. That compares to one in 10 of all licensed drivers who acknowledged falling asleep during the same period. The survey also found while eight of 10 people see drowsy drivers as a serious risk, 30 percent of licensed drivers reported driving in the past 30 days while they struggled to keep their eyes open. Officials say the motor club wants to draw attention to the situation given the upcoming holiday driving season.
A student accused of bringing a stun gun to Denbigh High School on Thursday morning was charged and won’t return to school. The principal received a tip that a 16-year-old male student had the weapon and the school resource officer found the student had a stun gun and took him into custody without incident. Students were not in any immediate danger that staff members were aware of and there was no indication the student intended to use the stun gun. The teen will either be suspended for the rest of the school year or will be expelled, the principal will make a recommendation to a review committee to determine appropriate discipline.
A New Jersey company is the winner of a $15.3 million contract to replenish sand at Virginia Beach’s Sandbridge Beach. Weeks Marine of Camden, N.J., is expected to begin the project in December, the work is expected to be completed by May 15, 2013. The contract awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers calls for 2 million cubic yards of sand to be placed along the 5-mile beach from Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge to the Dam Neck Naval Facility. Weeks Marine has done four previous beach replenishment projects in Virginia Beach.
A CSX freight train derailed near Richmond Sunday evening, leading to an Amtrak passenger train being delayed and its passengers unloaded onto a bus heading to Newport News. According to Cliff Cole, a spokesman for Amtrak, the passengers on the Northeast train from Washington D.C. were being bused to Newport News. It was not clear if anyone was hurt when the CSX train derailed.