After TX Teen Is Killed by Recalled Airbag, Sheriff Wants 24 Million Drivers to Take Drastic Measure

Late last month, 17-year old Huma Hanif was driving her 2002 Honda Civic near Richmond, Texas when she rear-ended a sport utility vehicle in what was described as a “minor” accident.

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Hanif reportedly got out of the car – but then immediately collapsed.

Shrapnel from the car’s airbag had sliced an artery in her neck, killing her in seconds.

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Image credit: Screenshot/KTRK-TV

The airbag was one of some 24 million made by Japanese manufacturer Takata that have been recalled because they are defective. Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Beckworth said that if the airbag which deployed during the crash had not been faulty:

“Everybody would have walked away.”

The sheriff of Fort Bend County, Troy Nehls, had this advice for anyone who is driving a vehicle affected by the recall:

“I wouldn’t drive it, I wouldn’t drive.”

Hanif’s death was the tenth in the U.S. linked to the faulty airbags, and over a hundred others have been injured. The airbag recall, the largest in the nation’s history, affects selected models of vehicles by these automakers:

  • BMW
  • Chrysler
  • Daimler trucks/vans
  • Ford
  • GM
  • Honda
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Ram trucks
  • Subaru
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen

The vehicles date as far back as the 2001 model year. The specific vehicle types can be found on this list from SaferCar.gov.

To find out whether your vehicle is among those on the recall list, look for its Vehicle Identification Number on your auto insurance card or the bottom of the vehicle’s windshield. Then go to safercar.gov and enter the VIN number:

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The automakers have sent out the recall notices to owners of the vehicles. Unfortunately, a shortage of replacement parts is hindering the effort to repair the defective airbags.

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And not everyone’s receiving a recall notice; Hanif’s family bought their car used and never saw one.

Huma, a high school senior, had reportedly wanted to become a nurse.

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Trump Has Americans Divided on a Lot of Issues, But There’s One Thing 7 of 10 Americans Agree On…

The mere mention of Donald Trump’s name can cause otherwise mild-mannered friends, family members, or total strangers to immediately launch into impassioned disagreement. Or worse.

But, agree with him or disagree with him, there’s one thing about Trump on which an overwhelming majority of Americans can find common ground: they don’t like him 

According to a new AP/GfK poll, 70% of Americans view Trump unfavorably — including large majorities who don’t think he’s civil, compassionate, or likable.

Even more troubling, the negative perception runs across both political and demographic spectrums:

“Seven in 10 people, including close to half of Republican voters, have an unfavorable view of Trump. It’s an opinion shared by majorities of men and women; young and old; conservatives, moderates and liberals; and whites, Hispanics and blacks — a devastatingly broad indictment of the billionaire businessman.”

As talk of a contested Republican convention heats up, former George W. Bush adviser Ari Fleischer explains the potential problem Trump faces:

“He’s at risk of having the nomination denied to him because grass-roots party activists fear he’s so widely disliked that he can’t possibly win.”

Even 55% whites without a college education — a large part of Trump’s base — now view him negatively.

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It’s been a rough couple of months for The Donald: his negative ratings have increased by 10 points since February, when Gallup found that 60% of Americans viewed him unfavorably.

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The Freaky Reason a Mom Wants to Cancel Her Adoption will Make You Say… DAMMMNN

They say there is no love like a mother’s love for her child — well, that is definitely the case when it comes to 51-year-old Kim West and her 32-year-old son, Ben Ford.

But this love is not type of love you may be thinking of, because Kim and Ben are allegedly in love – a love that comes with an “incredible and mind-blowing” sexual relationship:

Thirty years ago, West was studying in California when she gave birth to her son at just 19.

Unable to care for him, she gave Ben up for adoption before going back home to London.

For the next 30 years, Ben lived life without knowing his mother. During this time he moved to Colorado, became a computer coder, and even got married.

But everything change two years ago, when Ben reached out to his mother for the first time since he was given up for adoption.

Upon their initial meeting, the mother and son felt an overwhelming sexual connection, eventually sharing their first romantic kiss over a bottle of champagne.

During an interview with New Day’s Alley Einstein, Ben stated:

“When I met Kim, I couldn’t think of her as my mum but instead as a sexual being.”

The mother and son’s relationship rapidly grew, which led to Ben divorcing his wife so he could be with his mother.

Now the two want to get married and are even trying to have a baby.

Kim knows the relationship may be confusing to others, but is unfazed by what people think, telling New Day:

“This is not incest, it is GSA. We are like peas in a pod and are meant to be together.

“I know people will say we’re disgusting, that we should be able to control our feelings, but when you’re hit by a love so consuming you are willing to give up everything for it, you have to fight for it.

“It’s a once in a lifetime chance and something Ben and I are not willing to walk away from.”

Ben and Kim call their relationship GSA or Genetic Sexual Attraction, which can occur between biological parents and children who have been separated during critical years of development and bonding, later meeting in adulthood.

According to researchers, when this occurs, the brain has trouble associating the other person as a relative.

The mother-son couple now reside in Michigan, where they have a very potent sexual relationship, according to them.

Considering incest is illegal in Michigan, the two are willing to move so that they may get married and have children.

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Mom Gives Ailing Son Medicine. The Next Thing She Knows Elevator Doors Open and Police Arrest Her.

There are two sides to every story.

Jessica Valik said she was just trying to help her suffering child. An Ohio court, on the other hand, said she was endangering that child’s life.

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Valik’s struggles began when her son, Jax, was born— he was diagnosed with a rare and severe skin disease called Epidermolysis bullosa.

According to Fox 19, Jax has been chronically ill for his entire life. Because his skin blisters so easily, the now four-year-old spends every day wrapped in gauze.

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In 2015, Valik and Jax traveled from upstate New York to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for treatment. On one particular day, Jax’s condition appeared to be especially excruciating. Wanting to help her son, Valik says she did what she would have done at home, administer his medication through his feeding tube.

“I gave him a dose of his prescribed Benadryl,” Valik tells TWC News. “Notified the nurse after I gave it to him.”

Shortly thereafter, she was arrested and charged with felony assault and child endangerment.

“The elevator doors opened; there were cops waiting for me, and I was arrested right then and there,” she recalls.

Valik was transported to a local jail, where she remained while prosecutor Joe Deters argued that “she pose[d] a risk to this very sick child.”

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The Benadryl that she had administered to Jax caused him to become severely dehydrated and have diarrhea. Deters argued that as a result of Valik’s actions, Jax’s risk of infection increased drastically.

Deters also accused Valik of suffering from Munchausen by proxy syndrome, a condition where a caregiver makes up or causes real symptoms which make a child appear ill.

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It’s a claim that Valik adamantly denies.

“[They] accused of one of the worst crimes possible, and something that I take so much pride in. That means everything to me, being a mom.”

After sitting in jail for months, Valik took a plea deal which sentenced her to six months but gave her credit for time served.

“I would have pled to anything, really, just to get out and see my son,” she admits.

Now reunited with Jax, Valik says she is focusing on the future.

“Whether or not what I did was right — I served time, and it’s in our past, and that, Jackson and I are both looking forward to moving forward with our lives.”

Independent Journal Review has reached out to Jessica Valik for further comment but has not yet received a response.

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Bush Sisters Say They Want to Be Just Like Mom. Then Laura Reveals What George Has to Do with That…

Over the years, countless Americans have watched the Bush twins grow up in the public eye.

While their partying days in college were picked apart under the media microscope, Jenna and Barbara have grown up to lead quite honorable — and admirable — lives.

Today, Jenna Bush Hager is an NBC News correspondent who’s also a strong advocate for childhood education and literacy. Barbara Pierce Bush is the co-founder and president of Global Health Corps, a public health-focused non-profit.

During a recent panel at a Women in the World Summit in New York, Today Show anchor, Savannah Guthrie, asked the sisters about their roles in public service.

Jenna’s response pretty sums up why Laura Bush is arguably one of the most popular first ladies in U.S. history:

“It’s not like my parents sat us down and said, ‘This is a map to be the type of person we want you to be.’ It was more that they showed us.”

“I’m hoping I can use some of that quiet grace as a mother and not force my daughters to do anything. She also allowed us to make mistakes — I know nobody’s shocked by that — but I hope to do that too.”

Based on the family’s media accounts, it seems the doting grandparents spend a lot of time with their grandchildren:

Christmas Eve Crew!

A photo posted by jennabhager (@jennabhager) on Dec 24, 2015 at 7:26pm PST

Happiest Birthday to my mama who taught me how to be a mama. @laurawbush

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Four generations.

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So, it’s no surprise that when Laura was asked about how to empower children in today’s world, she shared credit with her husband of nearly four decades:

“The great advantage that George and I both had is we had stable parents who loved each other and who were together their whole lives. That sort of home is very constructive for children. When you think about what to do, that’s the best thing. Pick somebody who you want to stay married to.”

George W. and Laura Bush will celebrate their fortieth wedding anniversary this November.

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A Guy Speeds Recklessly and Gets Girlfriend Killed, But He Has Infuriating 2-Word Comment on Her Death

Last year, Emily Laker was planning her future as an 18-year-old college student. But on the night of August 20th, all that would be taken away.

Emily and a friend were being driven late that night by her boyfriend, Mentesh Da Silva, who was speeding recklessly on a dangerous road in his small Renault Clio.

Da Silva, who also goes by Mouharrem, lost control of the car and hit a tree, killing Emily instantly and trapping the three of them in the car.

Despite causing the death of his girlfriend, Da Silva has gotten off easy.

Even worse, his behavior since the accident has been “disgusting,” according to Emily’s family.

He shows little-to-no remorse, taking a selfie while he was in the hospital saying, “Only up and forward for me now”:

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Then he sent this message to a friend on Facebook, which has made its way around the internet and right into Emily’s mother’s life.

Da Silva used the term “shit happens” to describe the death of his girlfriend.

“[It] was an accident shit happens. I know she’s happier where she is right now compared to being in Canterbury around all them sh*theads”

Yes, that’s right. He claimed that Emily is “happier where she is right now” rather than being alive, young, and in college.

According to Metro, Da Silva was given a suspended prison sentence for causing death by careless driving after his lawyer told the judge he was feeling “extreme remorse and regret” for killing his girlfriend.

But as Emily’s father, Ross Laker, told Kent Online:

“To say it’s ‘only up and forward’ for him just hours after he was sentenced was a kick in the teeth, but to now learn he has reduced my daughter’s death to ‘s**t happens’ and to say she is better off dead is truly disgusting.”

Laker’s anger towards Da Silva is palpable:

“He convinced the court he was remorseful, but these are not the words of a man who has any comprehension of the pain he has caused.”

“He has his whole life ahead of him while Emily had hers cruelly taken away by his actions.”

Rest in peace, Emily.

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