Attorney: Indiana toddler died in cruise ship fall after grandpa thought window was closed

first_imgiStock(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) — An Indiana toddler had a fatal fall from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship after her grandfather put her up on a railing, thinking the glass window was closed, according to the family’s attorney.Chloe Wiegand, who was 18 months old, was traveling with her grandparents and parents on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas when she fell to her death on Sunday, according to her parent’s attorney, Michael Winkleman.Chloe was with her grandfather in the children’s water park play area when her grandfather put her on a wood railing in front of a wall of glass windows, Winkleman said at a news conference on Tuesday.Chloe is a hockey fan and loved to bang on the ice hockey rink glass wall as she watched her older brother, Winkleman said, and her grandfather put her on the railing thinking she’d bang on the glass.However, the window was open — and she was “gone,” Winkleman said, calling her death a “tragic accident that was preventable.”“Why would you ever, in a kids play area put windows that passengers can open?” Winkleman said. “I don’t think it’s unreasonable to put a child there thinking there’s glass.”“The South Bend Police Department offers its sincerest condolences to Officer Alan Wiegand and his family during this difficult time following the tragic loss of their child while in Puerto Rico,” the department said in a statement. “The department asks the community to pray for the entire Wiegand family as they grieve and to respect their privacy.”South Bend Mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg added on Twitter, “We are saddened by the terrible accident that took the life of Officer Wiegand’s young daughter, and the city is holding this family in our hearts.”Owen Torres, corporate communications manager with Royal Caribbean, said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s tragic incident, and our hearts go out to the family. We’ve made our Care Team available to assist the family with any resources they need.”Torres added on Tuesday, “We are assisting local authorities in San Juan, PR, as they make inquiries.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Special Auto commits for GMR&SC Drag Race championship

first_imgLOCAL company Special Auto yesterday confirmed its commitment to the upcoming Drag Race event of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC).The company’s representative Kamini Seejatan handed over its sponsorship to the GMR&SC’s Cheryl Gonsalves at its South Road office.Known as The Filter King, Special Auto is the supplier of all local models of filters and other car spares.Speaking on the occasion of the sponsorship receipt, GMRS&SC vice-president Hansraj welcomed the input of Special Auto for the second round of the National Championships.“We are always grateful to have guys like the Special Auto team onboard with us. They have been involved with circuit racing for a number of years now and also endurance racing.”“Their owner Shan Seejatan is a former endurance champion and a serious contender in the group-two action for circuit racing, so we hope to see him come out and try his hand at drag racing as well.”Speaking the issue of readiness, Singh confirmed that all systems have already shifting into gear.“We anticipate a good meet. At the committee level, we have already commenced the required work to ensure a smooth event come June 23.”“For this event, we want to ensure also that competitors are registered early because we want them to have their entries in the system. A lot of time was lost at the last event on sorting through entries. We don’t want that this time around.”Other sponsors for the event include Platinum Car Show, KFC, Supreme Bets, R. Kissoon Contracting Services, Deryck Jaisingh Trucking Service and Machinery Rentals, Del Ice Co., Mohamed’s Enterprise, B.M. SOAT Auto Sales, Prem’s Electrical, E-Networks, Motor Trend, Nexus Machine Shop, Power Line, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, Wind Jammer Hotel, Cyril’s Taxi, A&R Jiwanram Printery, Blue Spring Water, Choke Gas Station, Miracle Optical, First Class Auto Spares and Sales, GT Tuners, West Coast Customs Washbay and Imran Autoworks.Tickets for adults cost $1 000 and children $500. Action starts at 09:00hrs on race day.last_img read more

Alexis Peterson overcomes early foul trouble to score 15 points in win

first_img Published on December 9, 2015 at 10:43 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] Alexis Peterson flew up the court on a breakaway and found her way to the basket, drawing contact against Coppin State’s Keena Samuels before rising and dropping in a layup. Peterson thought she had earned herself an opportunity for a traditional three-point play. Instead, the nearby referee whistled for a charge.Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman, who expressed frustration with the officials throughout the night, turned away from the play and paced quickly toward the end of SU’s bench. He didn’t stop until nearly walking off the court.When Hillsman turned around, Peterson was standing at halfcourt, staring at him and holding up three fingers, one for each foul she had. With 3:09 remaining in the first half, Hillsman was forced to remove Peterson from the game.“I didn’t want her to get that fourth foul in case the game got tight down the stretch,” Hillsman said.After a red-hot start to Wednesday night’s game, Peterson cooled off once she found herself in foul trouble. She played only 25 minutes, nine fewer than her season average, during Syracuse’s (6-2) 88-56 win over Coppin State (2-6) in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPeterson scored five points in the game’s first four minutes, first connecting on a runner in the lane and then draining a 3 from the left corner to put the Orange ahead 8-6. By the 7:15 mark of the second quarter, she had registered 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting.“That’s a great floor game,” Hillsman said. “I thought she played tremendous.”But Peterson committed her first foul with just over seven minutes to play in the first half. Two minutes later, she bumped Samuels as she attempted a 3 from the left wing.When a referee called Peterson for that foul, Hillsman shook his head before subbing Peterson out. She re-entered the game 13 seconds before picking up the third foul and leaving again.In the game’s 27 minutes that followed Peterson’s initial foul, she scored just five more points, finishing 6-of-8 from the field with 15 points to go along with five assists.At one point on defense in the fourth quarter, she made a move to try intercepting a pass before choosing to back off and avoid contact. She then raised her arms in the air to signal that she didn’t commit a foul.“(The foul trouble) did kind of bring me back a little bit,” Peterson said.To avoid Peterson falling deeper into foul trouble, Hillsman subbed her out of the game five different times in the latter three quarters. He “probably” could have used her more, he said, but credited strong bench play — Syracuse had 50 points — for making it easier to rotate the guards.Peterson said coming in and out of the game affected her rhythm, but added that she did what she could to “stay mentally ready” and not think too much about her fouls.Said Peterson: “You can’t take them home, so you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more