Traffic laws are in place for a reason: to keep motorists safe. However, some people drive recklessly and fail to obey these rules, injuring not only themselves but others – such as pedestrians and other motorists – in the process. A recent car accident in Ocala, Florida, was caused by speeding and running a red light. It claimed the lives of a couple in their 60s.
The accident occurred on the evening of Oct. 23 on SR 200. The couple had the right of way – a green light – and proceeded to make a left turn when their car was hit by a Chevy pickup that had run a red light. The truck hit the passenger side of the couple’s car. The truck and car ended up on opposite sides of the roadway.
The couple – a 64-year-old female passenger and 67-year-old male driver – were pronounced dead at the accident scene. The 30-year-old man suffered critical injuries from the crash. He was taken via helicopter to the burn unit at Gainesville’s UF Health Shands Hospital.
This was not the man’s first driving-related offense. He has a string of violations, including driving with a suspended license. He received a 10-month prison term for that offense. He was cited for speeding in April.
Based on the man’s previous driving history and the fact that his negligent driving killed two people, he will likely be facing serious charges, such as vehicular homicide or manslaughter, if he recovers from his injuries. These charges can lead to many years in prison. He will likely also have his driver’s license revoked and perhaps pay restitution to the victims’ families.
The family of the couple may want to look into the possibility of filing a wrongful death lawsuit. With so many driving-related offenses to his name, the man should not have been on the road. The family may be able to seek compensation for funeral expenses, medical bills and other related claims.
Ocala.com, “2 dead, one critically hurt in crash on State Road 200” Austin L. Miller, Oct. 25, 2013