When Florida motorists see a driver who is recklessly traveling the streets or highways, they might call 911 to alert police. Sometimes, however, police are unable to locate the vehicle in question before it is too late. Instead of pulling over a speeder, officers could end up responding to the scene of a wreck.
On a recent Saturday at approximately 2:10 p.m., police in one of Florida’s cities began receiving 911 calls about an SUV that was traveling at excessive speeds. Unfortunately, by the time they found the vehicle in question, it had been involved in an accident with another vehicle. Preliminary reports indicate that as the car headed southbound at over 100 mph, a vehicle attempting to turn westbound struck it.
The SUV then careened into a utility pole where it became engulfed in flames. The 18-year-old man driving that vehicle suffered fatal injuries at the scene. The 90-year-old driver of the other vehicle initially survived the crash, but with critical injuries. He was rushed to a hospital in the Jacksonville area. Tragically, he died from his injuries sometime later.
The elderly man’s estate retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the speeding driver’s estate. A thorough investigation may provide the family with substantial evidence that the younger driver’s negligence caused or contributed to the death of their loved one. If successful, the family could be awarded damages by a Louisiana court. Any monetary restitution could help the family with the unexpected expenses and other damages incurred as a result of this seemingly preventable wreck.
Source: news4jax.com, “2 drivers killed in fiery Westside crash“, Nicole Snyder, Jan. 9, 2016