A motorist traveling off the road and onto a shoulder recently caused an accident that killed three people. One of those killed was a female Florida Highway Patrol trooper who was assisting with a two-car crash that had happened just moments earlier.
The fatal accident happened on the afternoon of May 3 on I-75 in Ocala. The trooper, a tow truck driver and a pedestrian all died from personal injury after a person driving a pickup truck went off the shoulder and struck all three victims. The 52-year-old pedestrian died at Ocala Regional Hospital, while the other two died at the accident scene.
The driver could now face vehicular homicide charges for causing the accident. Police are still investigating and it could take several months to gather all the details.
Vehicular homicide, also called manslaughter, may be punishable by jail time. The offender may also have his driver’s license suspended or revoked. The punishment typically depends on other factors involved, such as intoxication or speed, or whether or not the driver has a criminal history involving traffic violations.
Besides criminal charges, the driver could also face wrongful death lawsuits from the victims’ surviving family members. The driver’s negligence was so major that it caused three deaths. The unexpected loss of a loved one through reckless behavior can be difficult for a family to face. The trooper had a little boy who no longer has a mother to care for him. The driver could be sued and forced to pay compensation to the families for the damages he or she caused.
Source: First Coast News, “Update: FHP trooper among 3 killed in I-75 crash” No author given, May. 04, 2014