Young boy dies in crash on Florida highway

A Sumter Electric (SECO) employee was involved in a car accident. The crash killed a 5-year-old boy, and the company has launched an investigation into the matter. Florida authorities have not filed charges.

According to reports, the accident happened when a 59-year-old driver and employee of SECO Energy crashed into the back of the vehicle the boy was riding in. The 29-year-old mother and her husband suffered injuries in the collision and were transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment. The boy was transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital where he later died.

Since then, the boy’s parents have been released from the hospital. The driver of the company vehicle also suffered injuries, but they were only minor. Reportedly, the employer is conducting its own internal investigation and issued a statement that the company’s heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Authorities indicate that the SECO employee did not slow down when he approached the back of the vehicle.

When driving a company owned vehicle or any other vehicle in Florida, it’s the duty of the driver to operate in a manner that is not a danger to others. Unfortunately, failure to operate a vehicle in a responsible manner can cause tragedies such as this one. While the family of the deceased boy plans for his funeral, they may decide to explore their options for legal recourse. The family retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the SECO employee and the company itself to seek recovery of monetary damages sustained as a result of their tragic loss from the crash.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Truck owner sends prayers to family of boy killed in crash“, Susan Jacobson, Oct. 19, 2014

Tags: Florida, wrongful death

Florida school bus involved in crash with semi

In a rare instance, a school bus was involved in a collision with a semi-truck. The crash caused injuries to seven Florida students and two inside the semi-truck. Authorities may charge one of the drivers in this incident.

The accident happened on a Monday afternoon in Bradford County. Prior to the crash, authorities received multiple calls about the driver of a semi who was reportedly driving erratically. While responding to the calls, the semi crashed into the back of the school bus carrying 15 students. When authorities arrived at the scene, the bus driver informed them that she observed the driver of the semi approaching from behind, but was not slowing down.

The bus driver attempted to get out of the way by releasing the brake and pressing on the gas. Witnesses informed authorities that the driver of the semi never pressed on the brakes. At this time, charges are pending against the driver of the semi-truck. One of the students on board the bus was seriously injured while two people inside the semi also suffered serious injuries.

While a school bus crash is not that common, it does occur. In this case, at least one student has suffered serious injuries at the hands of a semi-truck driver, and other students have unknown injuries. Apart from criminal charges, the driver of the semi may also face civil litigation if the family of the injured student decides to pursue legal action. The family may have the right to file a personal injury claim against the driver and any separate owner of the vehicle on behalf of the injured child. A successfully litigated claim may result in monetary compensation awarded by a Florida civil courtroom.

Source: First Coast News, “7 students hurt after semi slams into school bus“, , Sept. 30, 2014

Tags: Florida

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