Twists in the Most Recent Locksmith News

Second Teenager Succumbs to Injury in Hit and Run

A story that we first posted about on May 27th, a Georgia locksmith was arrested after hitting a group of teenagers who had been walking to their local movie theater. One of those teenagers died at the scene, and it was reported last Friday that a second teenager from the same incident has passed away due to her injuries. The hit and run occurred on May 25th after an area man, Garret Anderson refused to pay a locksmith after his car had been unlocked. The locksmith gave chase to this man and after blocks, the man stopped, but the locksmith lost control of the vehicle striking three teenagers. Two have since died, one remains in the hospital, but is expected to recover.

Man Being Evicted Did Not Fire His Weapon

Another story that we recently posted about came out of Lancaster Count in Nebraska. The initial reports stated that a locksmith as well as deputy officers were completing an eviction of a man who had reoccupied a home he was suppose to be out of. The locksmith arrived on scene and opened the door, when he did the man was standing on the other side of the doorway holding a gun. Originally it was reported that shots were fired in both directions, but police are now reporting that the man who had occupied the home, 64 year old Doug DaMoude, had a rifle which was not loaded and he did not fire first. Police accounts are now that when the door was opened Mr. DaMoude raised his rifle, and not knowing that the gun was unloaded, deputy officers fired on the man killing him. Both deputy officers involved in the shooting were cleared to return to duty and were found to have been acting with the correct use of deadly force, according to their commander. A grand jury will also be convened following the autopsy release of Mr. DaMoude in order to examine whether the use of deadly force was necessary. It is also important to note that prior to this incident Mr. DaMoude had threatened police in letters saying that he did not respect their authority and would kill them if they attempted to evict him from his foreclosed home again.


Georgia Locksmith Arrested Following Fatal Car Crash

(VIA New York Daily News) A horrible story has come out of Kennesaw, Georgia, on Sunday May 25th,  just a bit north of the city of Atlanta. For three teenage girls it was just a normal Sunday stroll to the movie theater when tragedy struck. Two vehicles were speeding down the road when one of the two vehicles jumped the curb striking the three teenage girls. In the crash one of the teenagers was killed and two others injured, and neither driver stopped to assist the injured girls.

Just minutes before this crash occurred an area locksmith, Tansu Kanlica, was unlocking a person’s car a few miles away. At this time it is unclear what professional accreditation, if any, that Tansu has, however Georgia state law does not require a license to be a practicing locksmith. Following the point where Tansu opened the customer’s, Garret Anderson’s, vehicle Garret refused to pay the locksmith’s charge of $175. At this point Mr. Anderson got in his vehicle and attempted to drive away, as he tries to leave the area, Mr. Kanlica followed him in his locksmith van. After a few blocks of chasing, Kanlica lost control of his vehicle striking the three teenagers who were walking down the side of the road, killing a fifteen year old girl.

It is clear that both parties involved share some of the blame and both could have attempted to solve the dispute in a way that was not only more civil, but would have saved an innocent life. Many unscrupulous locksmiths have been caught using tactics which they give one low price over the phone, then increase the total charge once the service is completed, otherwise known as bait and switch. As more details about this story become available about the start of the chase, it will be easier to determine exactly who is to blame for this tragic occurrence. Either way no amount of money should be worth putting the life of an innocent bystander in jeopardy.

For now Phila-Locksmith employees will keep the family of Reina As-Salaam, the teenager killed in the accident, in our thoughts and we sympathize with their loss. It is important for all drivers to ensure not only the safety of themselves while on the road, but also the safety of everyone that they are sharing that road with.