Driver charged with vehicular homicide in Florida woman’s death

A 31-year-old Florida woman is dead after the vehicle in which she was a passenger was T-boned at a Panama City Beach intersection on Sept. 6. The accident occurred at the Upas Street and Beach Drive intersection around 4 p.m. when a pickup truck continued through the intersection without stopping at a stop sign.

The pickup truck hit a Mercedes on the passenger side, and the passenger was taken to a local medical center where she was pronounced dead soon after arrival. The driver of the Mercedes was uninjured in the accident. Both the man driving the pickup and a male passenger suffered minor injuries and were transported to the hospital.

According to police records, there was no evidence of driver impairment, and the occupants of both vehicles were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Police determined that the Arkansas man driving the pickup was driving recklessly, and he was taken into custody and charged with vehicular homicide.

When someone causes a car accident through a negligent or reckless action, that individual could face criminal charges. However, even if that motorist is convicted, anyone who suffered injuries because of the crash will be facing their own challenges, such as medical expenses and other damages. Those individuals could hold the motorist accountable in civil court.

If the crash led to someone’s death, the decedent’s family members will be facing funeral and burial costs in addition to any medical expenses incurred prior to the death. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit might allow the family members to recover these costs in addition to any income that the household lost because of the death.

Source: The News Herald , “FHP: fatal PCB crash was homicide”, Chris Olwell, September 07, 2014