Mother Blames Son’s Death on GM Defect
Was the crash that killed a young driver from Ticonderoga two years ago caused by one of the faulty ignition switches that GM is accused of covering up for years? The death toll linked to the defective ignition switches has risen to 23 this week. GM has acknowledged that it knew about the defect in 2-and-a-half million of its cars for more than a decade but didn’t recall them until February of this year. The switches can slip out of the “on” position. That causes the cars to stall and lose power to the brakes, power steering, and air bags. Many believe the number of victims killed or severely injured in the resulting crashes may actually be in the hundreds. Cherie Sharkey, a mother from Queensbury, New York, is convinced her son Michael is one of them. Michael was killed in 2012 when his Chevy Cobalt car left NY Route 22 in Dresden, New York and crashed into a rock ledge. Sharkey tells our Matt Henson that she wants GM held accountable for her son’s death. She has also gathered thousands of petition signatures calling on states to require car dealers and motor vehicle departments to share recall information with customers and owners.
Visit the Justice For Michael Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-Michael/241151439404728
More information on the petition drive here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/911/239/949/michael-patrick-sharkey-ii/
A new poll shows in the 21st District race for Congress in North Country appears to be tightening. The poll shows Elise Stefanik leading Democrat Aaron Woolf by 8% with 10% of those polled still undecided with a month to go before Election Day.
Suicide Prevention: Hundreds of volunteers will help raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention this weekend at the Out of the Darkness Walk in Lake Placid. To register or learn more about the North Country Out of the Darkness Walk on Sunday, October 5th at 1pm at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval in Lake Placid.
Hundreds turn out for a community send-off to salute 16 veterans who were escorted by North Country Honor Flight to visit the nation’s memorials in Washington, D.C. dedicated in their honor.
Railroads on Parade
A model train museum many hoped would attract tourists to the Adirondacks appears to have reached the end of the line. It will close on Columbus Day.