Car Erupts into Flame Leaving a Local Man Dead

On September 22, 2015 a chain of cars were stopped in the early moring traffic on US Highway 231. As Kyle Junger, of Panama City, approached the gridlock he failed to realize that traffic was stopped. Junger’s vehicle crashed into a 2015 Dodge Pro-Van which was being driven by Leroy Rygula.

The initial crash caused Rygula’s vehicle to slam into the vehicle stopped in front of him and the chain reaction continued to multiple vehicles stopped in the traffic ahead.

Shortly after the crash flames erupted from two of the vehicles. Leroy Rygula’s vehicle was one of those that caught fire and, tragically, he was unable to escape with his life.

Within moments, emergency responders from multiple agencies flooded the scene. Police were not the only investigators on the scene that day. At the family’s request, the Perry & Young Go Team was rapidly dispatched. Our investigators worked to preserve evidence and begin their investigation from its beginning, not months later. The importance of finding a local law firm with resources such as the Go Team cannot be overstated. If you or someone you know faces such a tragedy, place your trust in the team that will fight for you! #TeamPY #GoTeam

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DUI suspect in custody dies in truck accident

At approximately 9 p.m. on a recent Saturday night, the Florida Highway Patrol received a call regarding a vehicle that crashed into the guardrail on the inside northbound lane of of Interstate 75. When a trooper arrived at the scene, he suspected the driver of being impaired. While in the custody of the trooper, the man became the victim of a truck accident.

The trooper had put the driver into his patrol car in order to move him to the opposite shoulder of the Interstate in order to perform a field sobriety test. A Sheriff’s deputy from the area arrived on scene to block the inside lane in order to provide the trooper with safe passage. The deputy’s patrol car had its lights and sirens activated to alert northbound drivers.

Tragically, a truck failed to move into the other lane. It struck the patrol car occupied by the suspected drunk driver. The man died from the injuries he suffered in the impact.

The trooper survived the crash but suffered a fractured vertebrae, broken nose and fractured skull. At last report, his condition was listed as serious. The truck driver was uninjured.

While the Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate the truck accident, the family of the deceased victim may choose to exercise its right to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties who caused or contributed to the death of their loved one. Successfully establishing negligence to the court’s satisfaction could result in an award of damages. A monetary judgment could help the family recover from the financial losses incurred in this tragedy.

Source:, “Passenger in FHP patrol car killed in crash, trooper injured“, Aug. 30, 2015

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