A deadly stretch of roadway on U.S. 90 in Sanderson – more than five hours outside the Miami area – has claimed the lives of two victims. A UPS truck crossing the highway crashed into a Ford Taurus traveling westbound.
The fatal car accident occurred on the afternoon of July 5. After the vehicles collided, the car lost control and crossed into the eastbound lanes. It then landed in a ditch, overturned and struck a tree. The 60-year-old driver and 58-year-old passenger died at the scene. A three-year-old boy, who was strapped in his safety seat in the back, was also seriously injured in the crash. He was transported by air to the trauma center at UF Health at Jacksonville. The 55-year-old driver of the UPS truck was not injured.
Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause of the accident. An arrest report has been filed and the UPS driver could face charges depending on the outcome.
Unfortunately, the deadly accident was no surprise to many Sanderson residents, who say that many drivers ignore the stop sign and shoot across the intersection, despite oncoming traffic driving at speeds of 60-70 mph.
When accidents like these happen often along a stretch of roadway, city officials should take steps to prevent future fatalities. Perhaps installing a stop light – instead of a stop sign – would encourage drivers to think about their safety and the safety of others while driving across a busy intersection.
The family of the victims may want to consult with an experienced attorney to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The UPS driver’s negligence led to two deaths and serious injuries. A lawyer can help prove liability so that the victim’s family can recover compensation for the boy’s medical expenses as well as funeral expenses and emotional damages for the loss of the victims’ lives.
News 4 Jax.com, “2 adults killed, boy injured in Baker County crash” No author given, Jul. 06, 2013