November 20, 1999 |
Calling it a sad situation for everyone involved, a Burlington County judge yesterday sentenced a Cinnaminson man to a year in prison for his role in a fight in which another man suffered brain damage. Jason Pabon, 19, told Superior Court Judge Marvin P. Schlosser that he was sorry for pushing Christopher Williams, 21, at a party in Palmyra on June 7, 1998. Williams fell, striking his head on the ground and lapsing into an 11-day coma. "If there is anything I could take back, it would be that moment," Pabon said, turning to Williams and members of Williams' family who sat in the courtroom.
August 23, 2000 |
A Common Pleas Court jury yesterday ordered three local doctors to pay half of a $49 million judgment awarded to a Port Richmond man who suffered severe brain damage while being treated for a rare neurological disorder three years ago. The jury ruled in favor of David Caruso, 23, who went to Neumann Medical Center in Port Richmond to be treated for Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder that results in paralysis and is often curable. But due to negligence on the part of Neumann staff members and the attending physicians, Caruso was left unable to walk, talk or move on his own, said his attorney, Shanin Specter.
July 31, 1998 |
The 1983 murder of Middletown pharmacist Richard G. Sharp was born of events years earlier, in the West Philadelphia home of young Clifford Smith, a psychologist testified yesterday in Bucks County Court. Patricia Fleming, who examined and tested Smith while he was on Pennsylvania's death row, spoke during the second day of a sentencing hearing about traumatic adolescent events that she said affected Smith's mind and actions as he and an accomplice staged an armed robbery of the Park-Woodbourne Apothecary on a Friday afternoon 15 years ago. Two childhood head injuries and a turbulent family life left Smith "incapable of conforming his actions to the law," said Fleming, a Wyoming clinical psychologist who said Smith suffered from brain damage.
March 11, 1993 |
Two teenagers were to be arraigned this morning on assault charges in connection with a fight that has left an 18-year-old with brain damage and the ordeal of putting back together the pieces of his life. Steve Jackson, 18, of the 100 block of Kelmar Avenue, and Robert Espenship, 18, of the first block of Ridge Road, were to appear before District Justice John T. Jeffers at 10 a.m. to face charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and simple assault stemming from the Jan. 21 assault of Joseph Tihansky.
September 23, 2004 |
A Pennsauken teenager accused of assaulting his infant daughter, causing severe brain injuries and a broken leg, will be tried as an adult, authorities said yesterday. Antwine Stevens was moved from the juvenile detention center in Blackwood to the Camden County Correctional Facility on Tuesday night after a Superior Court judge granted the state's petition to prosecute the 17-year-old father as an adult. Bail was set at $100,000. Authorities say Stevens and Dominique Coston, 18, attacked their 2 1/2-month-old daughter at their home July 16 after the baby's continued crying angered them.
January 6, 2004 |
A third teen agreed yesterday to be tried as an adult in the fierce beating of a Pennsauken High School senior who has been hospitalized since Nov. 2 with severe head injuries. Superior Court Judge G. Linda Baxter set bail for Thomas W. McKeown Jr., 16, at $30,000, twice the amount assigned to four other defendants. McKeown's bail is higher because his parents have moved from the Westmont section of Haddon Township to Philadelphia, Camden County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Luther said.
June 27, 1995 |
Nobody would want to trade places with Destine Weightman. She can't speak. She can't see. She can't play. Doctors say the only thing she responds to is pain. So the severely brain-damaged 5-year-old will never get a day of comfort out of the $24 million she was awarded yesterday in court. But it will pay the bills - something the Weightman family hasn't been able to do since Aug. 29, 1993, when Destine plunged into the deep end of a swimming pool in an Upper Darby apartment complex and sank to the bottom.
February 15, 2002 |
They met when they were in their teens. He had been abandoned by his parents; she suffered from depression. After a few years, they began living together in Lumberton, behind the shop where he repaired cars. They decided that a baby might solve some of their problems. But on Sept. 1, 1999, seven weeks after Shane Dixon was born, the couple's dreams were shattered. Shane, vomiting and purple, was airlifted to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where doctors diagnosed brain damage caused by violent shaking.
December 5, 2012 |
At the time, it seemed like a great idea, a nocturnal outing on a spring evening for a dozen or so Temple University friends. "Let's go to the Divine Lorraine," Brian Jerome, then a 19-year-old art student, suggested to all those assembled on the benches outside Peabody Hall. It was before midnight on April 6, 2010. Brian had been inside the abandoned hotel on North Broad Street many times. He had felt the lure of the graffiti-draped Divine Lorraine from the moment he arrived on campus as a freshman the year before.
February 22, 2012 |
In 2006, when John Whyte first started studying the remarkable effect that the sleep medicine Ambien can have on people with severe brain damage, he hoped the drug might be a miracle treatment. Six years later, Ambien's ability to rouse some people from oblivion remains tantalizingly mysterious. But Whyte, director of the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute in Elkins Park, no longer sees the drug as a potentially dramatic improvement in care. Now he sees something far more complex.