Crash with alleged drunk driver kills bus driver, injures others

A Florida high school track team was returning home from a meet in Jacksonville when tragedy struck at about 2:30 a.m. The bus, which was traveling west on Apalachee Parkway in Leon County, was hit by an eastbound car as the driver tried to make a left turn. The impact of the crash caused the bus to careen into a traffic light pole. The 65-year-old driver of the bus was killed.

Of the 33 passengers on the bus, two coaches and two students were transported to a hospital for minor injuries. The rest of the students and coaches who had been traveling on the bus were assembled in a nearby parking lot of a Wal-Mart store until they could be reunited with their families. School officials praised first responders for their professional handling of the situation and for making the process as smooth as possible.

Even though she wasn’t injured in the crash, the 25-year-old female driver of the Camry isn’t doing as well. She was arrested on the scene for driving under the influence. The driver was bonded out of jail the next day. A week after getting out of jail, she turned herself in to the sheriff’s office after there was a warrant out for her arrest for a DUI manslaughter charge.

A parent of one Florida high school student expressed sadness over the whole situation, lamenting the tragic consequences of drunk driving. She is praying for everyone involved, including the woman charged with causing the crash. In addition to any workers’ compensation death benefits that would likely be paid to the deceased victim’s family, they may have a cause of action for wrongful death against the accused driver. While no amount of money can replace the loss they have suffered, proof of the drunk driver’s guilt may advance the family’s cause in a civil action seeking monetary damages.

Source: wctv.tv, “Driver of Florida High Bus Dies Following Accident“, James Buechele, April 18, 2014

Tags: Florida, wrongful death

Motorcycle crash with pedestrian kills Florida woman

Late last Thursday night, a motorcycle rider struck a pedestrian who was crossing Kirkman Road. Several witnesses saw the accident and one even recorded the incident using his cell phone. Around 12 a.m., a bystander called 911 to report that a woman was just laying in the street. Despite hitting the woman, the rider left the scene of the crash, according to Florida police.

Police found the 23-year-old motorcycle rider near the accident scene. His motorcycle was damaged, and his clothes were reportedly splattered with blood. He was taken to the Orange County Jail and charged with vehicular homicide, along with fleeing the scene and operating his motorcycle with a suspended license. The motorcyclist claimed that it was another biker traveling with him who had struck the woman and then struck him.

The 52-year-old pedestrian was taken to Orlando Regional Medical where she died a couple of hours later. The recorded cell phone video shows three motorcycles traveling northbound on Kirkman Road at a high rate of speed just before the crash happened. Police are reviewing the recording to determine exactly how the accident happened, and they say it appeared as if the bikers were racing.

The motorcyclist will have to face the charges made against him in a criminal court. According to Florida law, the family of the deceased can also file a civil suit against the man. Nothing will ever be able to make up for the terrible loss the family has suffered due to the horrible crash, but a monetary award can help defray the end-of-life expenses they have had to pay.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Woman struck, killed by motorcycle on Kirkman Rd“, Tiffany Walden, March 28, 2014

Tags: Florida

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