According to authorities, a Gainesville woman was killed when her scooter was rear-ended by a car on Oct. 8. The woman was riding in traffic and stopped in the northbound lanes of 34th Street when the collision happened.
Gainseville law enforcement reported that the woman was stopped in traffic when another woman driving a Toyota Camry crested the hill, striking the victim from behind. The force of the collision caused the scooter to move forward, pinning its driver between the Camry and a GMC Sierra pickup truck that was stopped in traffic ahead of her.
Although the woman was still alive when officers arrived and performed CPR on her, she died in the emergency room after being transported by emergency personnel to the hospital. According to police, they do not believe alcohol was a factor, although they have not released a cause for the accident. Police were forced to close the street for several hours following the fatal collision while they conducted their accident investigation and cleanup.
When people are killed in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, their families may be able to recover damages from the at-fault driver through filing a civil lawsuit. Negligent or inattentive drivers may face civil liability for their actions. Families of those killed may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney who has experience in wrongful death cases and who can review the individual facts of a case to determine all possible claims. The Florida Wrongful Death Act sets forth the types of damages that are recoverable, and the attorney can provide more guidance in this regard.
Source: The Independent Florida Alligator, “Details of fatal scooter crash Wednesday night”, Melissa Mihm, October 10, 2014