Nearly every day somewhere across the country, law enforcement officials have the unenviable task of informing a family that a loved one was killed in a car accident. That is why the Florida Highway Patrol tries not to inadvertently misidentify the victims of a fatal crash even if family comes forward. This is the dilemma currently facing investigators in an accident that killed three children and a grandmother.
The Florida Highway Patrol’s preliminary report of the incident reveals that the woman was transporting her two grandchildren, ages 2 and 4, along with a 5-year-old girl who was the daughter of the woman’s boyfriend. Without warning, an SUV pulled out in front of her Jeep. Since there was no time to avoid the impending crash, the two vehicles collided. The SUV went on to hit another vehicle before coming to rest.
The impact caused the Jeep to roll and burst into flames and all four occupants of the vehicle perished in the fire. Due to the damage to their bodies, investigators are waiting for positive identifications from the coroner. The driver of the SUV did not suffer any injuries, nor did the driver of the third vehicle. Residents in the area of DeLand where the crash took place say that the intersection is dangerous, and it appears that government officials are aware of that fact.
The investigation into this fatal crash is ongoing, and officials report that charges are pending. The families of the victims are not required to wait for the official investigation to be completed before pursuing their rights to file wrongful death claims against the driver of the SUV and any other parties believed to be responsible. Establishing that negligence led to their deaths could result in an award of damages.
Source: clickorlando.com, “Victims in fiery DeLand crash identified as woman, 3 girls“, April 5, 2016