When Florida residents get a call from a friend in need, most of them will do what they can to help. Most people never imagine that providing such assistance will put their lives in danger. Sadly, this is what happened to two people who recently suffered fatal injuries while one was lending a helping hand to the other.
A 29-year-old man was driving through a construction zone and got stuck. He called his friend, a 22-year-old woman, and asked for her help. She and her fiance went to his location to help him. After their arrival, a man driving a dump truck stopped to see if he could be of assistance as well.
While the dump truck was backing up, the driver somehow failed to notice that the woman and her friend who was stuck were behind the truck. They were both struck and killed. To make matters worse, the woman was in the last trimester of her pregnancy.
The man who was driving the dump truck began having chest pains after the accident and was transported to Florida Hospital for treatment. His current condition is not known. The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation, and a decision has not yet been made regarding whether to file any charges in connection with this incident but they say that charges are pending.
The families of the two victims retain the right to file wrongful death claims. If the evidence presented to the court indicates that the fatal injuries suffered by the victims were due to the negligence of another, an award of damages could be ordered. Any monetary restitution the families receive could help with the unexpected financial losses that accompany tragedies such as this.
Source: news4jax.com, “Palm Coast man, pregnant woman killed in accident“, Ashley Mitchem, Feb. 12, 2016