'I was trying to save my wife, my boy,' father fights for justice after deadly DUI crash
SMYRNA, Tenn. (WTVF) — A father is fighting for justice after his son and wife died in a tragic DUI crash last December.
George Danylov cannot understand why the man charged with killing his four-year-old son and his wife is out on bond and still able to drive on a restricted license.
William James Andrews, 38, was on probation for a prior DUI in Smyrna, when investigators say his truck swerved across the center line into the SUV driven by the Danylovs.
The crash happened on the Goose Creek Bypass in Williamson County - just five days before Christmas.
Andrews was charged with multiple counts of vehicular homicide and was initially ordered held without bond for an earlier DUI in Smyrna.
But in July, a Smyrna judge reduced his bond to $5000, which he was able to post, and Andrews is now out of jail with a restricted license.
"I had a beautiful, happy life before the accident on December 20," George Danylov said.
"It happened so fast that I didn't say goodbye to my wife and to my son as well," Danylov said as he held back tears.
Prosecutors say Andrews was "intoxicated" when he "recklessly" killed Olga Danylov, 35, and Nicholas.
"I miss my boy. I miss my wife," Danylov said.
Andrews now faces 10 charges in Williamson County - including vehicular homicide and vehicular homicide with a prior DUI conviction.
Danylov is angry that Andrews is free on bond - and even able to drive on a restricted license - despite the fact he was already on probation for a prior DUI.
"I think the system is failing me and I just got to fight for my family," Danylov said.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates obtained a 911 call to Smyrna Police in December of 2019 - one year before Andrews hit the Danylovs.
"He's all over the sidewalk," said a male caller.
"Yeah he needs to be off the road," said a female on the same call.
Two callers reported a Dodge Ram truck was crossing into oncoming traffic in Smyrna.
"He's swerving all over the road. He almost hit us, and he almost hit other vehicles on Sam Ridley," the caller said.
Smyrna Police pulled the truck over and arrested William Andrews.
According to their report Andrews "struggled to answer questions and remain awake."
When asked what day of the week it was, he responded "Smyrna."
Toxicology reports showed fentanyl was in his system.
Five months later Andrews was convicted of DUI.
He served 2 days in jail - the rest of his jail sentence was suspended, and he was put on probation.
Months later he applied to have his driver's license reinstated - a judge ordered him to put an interlock breathalyzer device in his truck - which shuts it down if alcohol is detected on his breath.
But remember Andrews was found guilty for having drugs in his blood...not alcohol.
Then last December he drove into the Danylov's.
"I was a passenger. I was trying to save my wife. My boy," Danylov said.
But only he and his daughter survived.
George remembers promising his daughter the man who killed her mom and brother would go immediately to jail - because he was already on probation for DUI.
At first, Andrews was held "without bond" - deemed an "imminent danger to others."
But after he spent a few months in rehab, Smyrna Judge Lynn Alexander granted him $5000 bond and he was able to get out of jail.
Attorney Andrew Nutt represents Danylov and said, "When you are charged with felonies and you are on probation there is no right to a bond. It's completely discretionary before the court."
Danylov warns everyone that life can change in an instant.
"Anyone can be in my place. He can go out and do the same thing he did in our case," Danylov said.
He doesn't want anyone else to face the pain he's enduring.
"Right now he is in the streets. Why? I don't get it," Danylov said.
Andrews is due back in court in Smyrna next week.
The Danylov family hopes he is held in Smyrna for probation violation until he faces trial in Williamson County for the deaths of Nicholas and Olga.
We reached out to an attorney for Andrews who declined to comment.
By Sheikh Saaliq | Associated Press
NEW DELHI — A powerful cyclone that emerged in the Arabian Sea made landfall on India’s western coast on Monday, hours after authorities evacuated hundreds of thousands of people and suspended COVID-19 vaccinations in one state.
Cyclone Tauktae, the most powerful storm to hit the region in more than two decades, came ashore in Gujarat state with heavy rain, a battering storm surge and sustained winds of up to 165 kilometers (103 miles) per hour, the India Meteorological Department said.
Forecasters warned of possible extensive damage from high winds, heavy rainfall and flooding in low-lying areas.
Twelve people were reported dead before the storm hit land and hundreds of thousands were evacuated, a process complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.
The massive storm came as India is battling a devastating coronavirus surge — and both the storm and the virus could exacerbate the effects of the other. The storm had already led to the suspension of some vaccination efforts and there is greater risk of virus transmission in crowded evacuation shelters.
In Gujarat, vaccinations were suspended for two days and authorities worked to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people to temporary relief shelters. The state’s chief minister, Vijay Rupani, asked officials to ensure that oxygen supplies for hospitals are not disrupted.
In Maharashtra, six people were killed, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. The state’s capital, Mumbai, was lashed by heavy rain and strong winds, forcing authorities to suspend operations at the city’s main airport.
Fishing boats off the coast in both states returned to harbor and thousands of rescue and relief teams, along with ships and aircraft, were deployed for recovery operations.
Rain from the storm earlier killed six people in Kerala, Karnataka and Goa states over the weekend before it moved along the western coastline.
Virus lockdown measures, meanwhile, could slow relief work after the storm, and damage from the storm could destroy roads and cut vital supply lines for vaccines and medical supplies needed for virus patients. Damage from the storm is also likely to particularly hurt the poor, who are already stretched to the limit by the economic impact of the virus.
The South Asia head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Udaya Regmi, said the cyclone is a “terrible double blow” for families that have already been hit by COVID-19 infections and deaths.
“The potential impacts of Cyclone Tauktae are frightening as this monster storm threatens the state of Gujarat. Every effort must continue to keep people safe from this dangerous storm and the raging pandemic,” Regmi said.
India’s western coast is no stranger to devastating cyclones, but changing climate patterns have caused them to become more intense, rather than more frequent.
In May 2020, nearly 100 people died after Cyclone Amphan, the most powerful storm to hit eastern India in more than a decade, ravaged the region and left millions without power.
‘A Very Aggressive, Nasty Bird’; Missouri Fights Deadly Black Vultures
Missouri is taking a hard-line approach to tackle a troubling increase in the state’s black vulture population.
It’s part of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pilot program allowing some livestock owners to kill the birds, which have been moving north in recent years and causing problems.
”The birds have been basically killing young calves as they are born,” said Kelly Smith, of the Missouri Farm Bureau.
The vultures also prey on other animals like lambs and sheep when they are having babies.
“They’re just a very aggressive, nasty bird,” Smith said.
In the past, farmers could only resort to nonlethal methods to get rid of them, like loud noises and bright lights. That’s because the vultures fall under the protection of the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Now, the Missouri Farm Bureau will oversee the federal program in the state to allow farmers to kill some of the black vultures, despite their protection as migratory birds. The bureau will issue sub-permits to farmers based on the number of vultures in the area, how many livestock animals have been killed and how the county ranks in livestock production.
The problem in Missouri is mostly on the state border with Arkansas. But people have spotted them as far north as Hannibal and Palmyra, and state officials want to take action before it gets worse.
“Black vulture numbers are on the rise, causing significant depredation issues to Missouri cattle ranchers,” Department of Conservation Director Sara Parker Pauley said in a statement.
“This partnership is critical to solving these issues,” she added.
The Conservation Department says many people appreciated vultures in the early 1900s. They would effectively work as cleaners in slaughterhouses.
That changed when people thought they were spreading disease, leading to shooting, poisoning and trapping in the 1970s.
Conservationists say the numbers are rebounding because of climate and habitat change and more available food like roadkill. And that aggressive behavior is not just toward animals.
Smith remembers seeing a group of vultures, called a wake, attack a car.
“On the hood and on the roof,” he recalled, "and eating the plastic and rubber moldings around the windows.”
The pilot program to control the black vulture population also includes Kentucky and Tennessee.
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Nursing home operator Bob Dean is fighting to reopen several nursing homes shuttered after Hurricane Ida.
A spokeswoman for Louisiana’s health department confirmed the news to WAFB.
The appeal has a long road ahead before any action can be taken. Among those steps is the formation of a review panel by members of the state’s Division of Administration, and attorneys meeting to set a timeline to present evidence.
The evacuation of these homes to a facility in Independence is linked to several deaths, five of which have been linked to Ida’s aftermath.
In the appeal letter, Dean’s attorney, John McLindon notes the last-minute changes in the storm’s trajectory created staffing shortages and the so-called “cramped” conditions residents reported.
“The evacuation facility is actually composed of three separate buildings. Initially, residents were placed throughout the three buildings. However, when Hurricane Ida made the unexpected turn East and headed straight for Independence, personnel of the nursing homes made the decision to move residents to the strongest of the three buildings,” the appeal document states.
McLindon also noted the state’s health department approved the evacuation plans before the storm’s arrival.
In addition to losing the licenses to operate, Medicaid provider agreements were cut for Dean’s 7 homes which include:
1.) Maison DeVille Nursing Home-Houma
2.) Maison DeVille Nursing Home-Harvey
3.) Maison Orleans Health Care of New Orleans
4.) Park Place Healthcare in Jefferson Parish
5.) River Palms Nursing & Rehab in Orleans Parish
6.) South Lafourche Nursing & Rehab
7.) West Jefferson Health Care Center
McLindon maintains residents, some of who suffered complex medical conditions were never in serious danger, despite the deaths.
“There was no cruelty or indifference to the welfare of any of the residents. The nursing facilities were in substantial compliance with the nursing facility licensing laws, rules, and regulations,” the memo states.
However, family members of residents at those homes and several staffers are involved in ongoing legal disputes against Dean, arguing the opposite.
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Philadelphia police have released new video of a violent fight among soccer fans outside Pat's King of Steaks in South Philadelphia early Thursday.
Isidro Cortés, a 28-year-old man from Queens, New York, died in the brawl. His 64-year-old father and a 20-year-old friend were hospitalized.
Warning: This video released by Philadelphia Police is graphic.
In the video, a group of men -- most wearing the jerseys of Mexico's Club América team -- can be seen fighting each other. The men violently punch the victims, who fall to the ground. After the victims fall, the men kick them.
Several passers-by appear to ask the men to stop, and at one point a man on the ground can be seen reaching up weakly for help or to stop the blows. But he is punched again.
One of the men has the large, red top of a Pat's trash can, which he hits another man with.
Police released clear photos of the four suspects they are seeking. They are all Latino men, two with distinct tattoos on their arms or neck. After the fight, they left the scene in two cars: one, a grayish small four-door car with right rear quarter panel damage and the other a light-colored Ford Explorer SUV, police said.
The group was in town after earlier attending a soccer game between the Philadelphia Union and Mexican side Club América.
Eduardo Rangel, Cortés' cousin, said they’d gone from the Union’s stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania, into Philadelphia to get a cheesesteak before heading back to New York.
Isidro Cortes was released from the hospital today, surrounded by family. Although one person was missing: his son, also named Isidro Cortes, who died in the violent fight that his father was also in. NBC10's Deanna Durante has more on the story.
Rangel said Cortés, a fellow Club América fan, began talking about soccer with the other group, since they were wearing Club América shirts.
"They were just talking about soccer and we decided to order the food. Meanwhile, he was talking and when we went back, we started eating and I just noticed that they started throwing punches at him. And we tried to defend him, but there were too many. There were like around 12 people,” Rangel said.
Police were called to the scene around 1:56 a.m. When they arrived around 10 minutes later, they found Cortés unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead.
“It’s tragic,” Rangel said.
Roger Roger Fights a Deadly Fate With a Heart Transplant
“Wealth can’t buy what they gave me. They saved my life.”
Roger, of Passaic, NJ, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF) at age 32. His two brothers died at young age from heart disease and Mr. Thomas fought hard against a similar fate. Yet, at age 54 he was admitted to the Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program at the Heart Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center with Class IV heart failure. His cardiac output was declining, his pulmonary pressures climbing and his symptoms of heart failure worsening. Shortly after admission and prior to the identification of a donor heart, his arrhythmias worsened. A few years ago Mr. Thomas would have been among the hundreds of people who die each year waiting for a heart transplant.
Today, the country’s most advanced cardiac centers offer the latest generation of mechanical assist devices which provide patients like Mr. Thomas a reliable bridge to transplantation. Days after he consented to participate in one of the Heart Center’s Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) clinical research trials and underwent device implantation, a donor heart was found and a successful transplant performed. Mr. Thomas continues to get stronger everyday and says of Mark J. Zucker M.D., J.D.; Margarita Camacho, M.D.; and the entire transplant team. “Wealth can’t buy what they gave me. They saved my life.”
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