New York Suit Blames ‘Keyless’ Lexus For Carbon Monoxide Death Of Lawyer

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Posted on 8th November 2010 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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 Toyota is being sued in a case where a lawyer was killed, and his companion rendered brain damaged, from carbon monoxide poisoning from a luxury Lexus, according to the New York Daily News. 

 http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2010/11/07/2010-11-07_keyless_ignition_deadly_exclusive_toyota_sued_in_carbon_monoxide_tragedy_that_ki.html

The wrongful death lawsuit blames the keyless feature that was part of the Lexus sedan for causing the death in Queens of attorney Ernest Codelia Jr., 79. His female companion, Mary Rivera, lived but can’t walk and has a hard time talking.

Rivera,  who the News said is a former school superintendent and adjunct professor at Fordham University, parked her Lexus in a garage attached to the couple’s home in Whitestone in February 2009.

But she accidentally left the engine running, and the next day her family found her unconscious on the floor of the bedroom, while Codelia was dead in the bed. His blood was loaded with carbon monoxide.

The lawsuit, filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, charges that Toyota, which makes the Lexus, failed to put in a  “shutdown”  switch on the luxury model, according to The News. That button would automatically turn off the ignition when the car is unoccupied or untouched for a period of time, the tabloid reported.

There is at least one similar cases pending in Florida, where authories are probing whether a woman who died of carbon-monoxide poisoning in August was done in by the keyless Lexus in her garage.

 


Attorney Gordon Johnson
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice
g@gordonjohnson.com :: 800-992-9447 :: Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.

Two Found Dead Of Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Wisconsin

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Posted on 5th November 2010 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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Two people were discovered dead Thursday inside a Walmouth County, Wis., home of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning. 

 http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/106740908.html

The electricty inside the house in the village of Darien had been disconnected and there was a gas generator found by police.

Police came to the house Thursday afternoon and found the two bodies as well as those of several pets. 

Authorities didn’t release the identities of the deceased, but in a press release the Walmouth County Sheriff’s Office said that foul play wasn’t involved .  


Attorney Gordon Johnson
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice
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Carbon Monoxide Scare Sends 18 To Hospital In Richfield, Wis.

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Posted on 5th November 2010 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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After emergency crews were called to the scene Thursday 18 people were hospitalized after being exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide at the Arrow Carton Co. in Richfield, Wis.

http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-110410-co-incident-richfield,0,3948402.photogallery

Workers were complaining of headaches and were taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure.

According to press reports, the carbon monoxide level at the Arrow facility was 260 and in the front office it was 190. Those are high levels, considering that a dangerous amount of carbon monoxide exposure is considered 35 parts per million over eight hours.

Investigators suspected that the building’s heating system was the source of the potentially lethal gas.

http://www.wisn.com/r/25637207/detail.html

 


Attorney Gordon Johnson
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice
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Father Kills Two Daughters, Self Through Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Posted on 2nd November 2010 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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A Pennsylvania man killed his two young daughters through carbon monoxide poisoning and then committed suicide by the same means, according to the Associated Press.

http://www.ldnews.com/news/ci_16491488

The bodies of all three were discovered in a vehicle that was parked on a mountain road in Chambersburg, Pa. 

Conway Ashley Weller, 24, apparently took his own life through carbon monoxide poisoning after killing his daughters Leeairra Ann Weller, 5, and Caleigh Ainsley Weller, 8 months. The girls were Weller’s children by two different women.

Authorities in Franklin County were given notice on Sunday that Weller was suicidal and could be going to a remote area of the county.  


Attorney Gordon Johnson
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice
g@gordonjohnson.com :: 800-992-9447 :: Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.

Elderly Indiana Couple Killed By Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Posted on 22nd October 2010 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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 An elderly couple in Bloomfield, Ind., was killed by accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Greene County coroner.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/10/fatal_accident_on_nj_turnpike.html

James and Cora  Elizabeth Letsinger, both 90 years old, were discovered dead in their home on Tuesday.

The couple attended an event on Sunday night and when they came home, they were likely tired and forgot to turn their car off, according to coroner Brian Gainey, who knew the Letsingers. The door of their garage was closed, and the car was running. 

According to a press report, the coroner said that James Letsinger had poor hearing, and probably did not realize that he had left his car running. 


Attorney Gordon Johnson
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice
g@gordonjohnson.com :: 800-992-9447 :: Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.

Carbon Monoxide Forces Evacuation Of 800 Workers From New Jersey Cosmetics Building

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Posted on 15th October 2010 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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About 800 workers at a cosmetics building in New Jersey were evacuated Thursday due to high levels of carbon monoxide.

  http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/local_news/new_jersey/carbon-monoxide-evacuation-in-holmdel-20101015-apx

 Initially five employees at Cosmetics Essence in Holmdel went out of the building sick, and they went to a local First Aid station. 

That prompted firefighters to go to the building and see if there were any problems, and they found that the carbon monoxide level was high.

Three workers were transported to a local hospital as a safety precaution.

Work was being done on the building’s roof, but authorities are still investigating what caused the carbon monoxide to reach such dangerour levels.


Attorney Gordon Johnson
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice
g@gordonjohnson.com :: 800-992-9447 :: Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.

Don’t Mistake Carbon Monoxide Poisoning For The Flu: Buy Detectors

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Posted on 7th October 2010 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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This is why you need carbon monoxide detectors.

Five family members, one incapacitated by carbon monoxide poisoning, were rescued from their home in Sidney Township, Mich., Thursday by local sheriff’s officers. 

 http://www.sentinel-standard.com/newsnow/x829118347/Carbon-monoxide-poisoning-in-Montcalm-County

Firefighters and paramedics arrived at the home and treated Blake Hollenbeck, 45, who was incapacitated by the fumes. He had been discovered by his daughter Mercedes, who woke up to find all her family members feeling ill. 

Hollenbeck’s wife and two other daughters — Shirley, Hailey and Hannah —  left the house without any assistance, but the ill family members were taken to Sheridan Hospital. The five received treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Hollenbecks are lucky they are alive. They told authorities that they had been suffering from flu-like symptoms for the past two days. It wasn’t the flu. Fire officials said carbon monoxide has escaped into the home from a leak in an exhaust pipe that had disconnected from a furnace. 

The Hollenbecks didn’t have any carbon monoxide detectors in their home. I hope they install some now.  


Attorney Gordon Johnson
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice
g@gordonjohnson.com :: 800-992-9447 :: Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.

Minneapolis Condo Building Evacuated After Carbon Monoxide Leak

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Posted on 6th October 2010 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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About 100 people were rousted from a large Minneapolis condominium building Monday night after a carbon monoxide scare. Better safe than sorry, despite the inconvenience, as far as this attorney is concerned.  

 http://www.startribune.com/local/104338633.html?elr=KArksi8cyaiUg7Kk8P3iUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aU7DYaGEP7vDEh7P:DiUs#

Firefighters at 11:30 p.m. Monday night responded to Minnehaha Place, located at Minnehaha Avenue S. and 53rd Street, after a carbon monoxide detector went off in the building.

Roughly 100 residents of the condo were ordered to vacate the premises while authorities investigated. They found that a power washer in the building’s underground garage was emitting exhaust, as well as some carbon monoxide fumes.

A similar incident took place a year ago.

Although some carbon monoxide was released, it did not reach dangerous levels, according to authorities.

The condo residents were permitted to go back to their units at 2:50 a.m. after being advised to air out their places. 

     

 

 


Attorney Gordon Johnson
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice
g@gordonjohnson.com :: 800-992-9447 :: Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.

Four Men Discovered Dead In Van From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Posted on 5th October 2010 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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This is the most deadly carbon monoxide case I’ve heard of recently. 

Four men were found dead Tuesday morning in a van outside Wichita, Kan., apparent victims of carbon monoxide poisoning.

http://www.kansas.com/2010/10/05/1527852/four-men-found-dead-at-santa-fe.html

The four victims were discovered at Santa Fe Lake in their 15-passenger van by a park attendant, according to The Wichita Eagle. At first the attendant thought that the men, who have been staying off and on at the lake, were sleeping.

It’s believed these men made the same fatal mistake as many other victims of carbon monoxide poisoning: They had a gas heater on to keep warm during the cold night. Noxious fumes from that heater did them in.

The Wichita Eagle reported that the four victims may have been doing roofing or pipeline work in the area.


Attorney Gordon Johnson
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice
g@gordonjohnson.com :: 800-992-9447 :: Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.

California Truckers Sue Over Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Posted on 4th October 2010 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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 A California couple, long-distance truckers who allege they suffered carbon monoxide poisoning, are suing five companies that they blame their illness on.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700070937/California-couple-files-suit-in-carbon-monoxide-poisoning.html

M. Jeffrey Barger and Martha Cervantes allege negligence, claiming that four Salt Lake City and one Colorado company failed to properly fix the rig they were driving. They filed suit in the 3rd District Court in Salt Lake City with Barger claiming he sustained brain damage.

After receiving training in February 2009 from the CR England Training Program, Barger was driving a leased 2007 Freightliner truck, according to the Deseret News.  

That truck had issues with its exhaust system, and the repairs were supposed to have been performed by Horizon Truck Sales and Leasing, according to the suit.Two other companies also supposdly made repairs on the truck, Trans-West and Smith Detroit Diesel/Allision. 

But according to the suit, on June 29, 2009 Barger was on his way to a pick-up when he felt sick and he had to go to the hospital. As it turns out, over a period of several months Barger had been exposed to carbon monoxide that was being emitted inside the truck.

Barger was exposed to so much carbon monoxide that it caused “severe and irreversible injuries, including, but not limited to, permanent brain damage,” according to the suit, the Deseret News reported Monday. 

Cervantes also claims that she had carbon monoxide poisoning, and that this has hindered her ability to work.

The lawsuit seeks economic and non-economic damages, costs, attorney fees and interest.


Attorney Gordon Johnson
Past Chair Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, American Association of Justice
g@gordonjohnson.com :: 800-992-9447 :: Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.