The Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal collision in Fleming Island shortly after 3 p.m. on Nov. 28. According to initial reports, the accident resulted in the death of two people and one dog. Two other individuals sustained critical injuries in the collision.
The fatal car accident took place while a 50-year-old man was traveling southbound along US 17 in a Ford pickup truck. When he reached the intersection of Copper Stone Drive, he reportedly struck a street sign before swerving into the path of oncoming traffic on the northbound side of the road. The Ford then collided head on with a Lexus being driven by a 52-year-old woman.
Both of the cars that were involved in the collision overturned. The 50-year-old driver of the pickup and an 87-year-old passenger in the Lexus were both declared dead at the scene of the accident. Troopers also reported that a dog in the back of the pickup truck died. A second 25-year-old female passenger in the Lexus and the driver of the Lexus were both critically injured. They were transported to University of Florida Health for treatment.
Although determining fault in a multi-vehicle crash can often be difficult, a collision that involves a wrong-way driver may be relatively straightforward. If a family has lost a loved one after this type of car accident, an attorney may be able to help them to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver. In cases where the at-fault driver in a car accident is among the deceased, family members of a victim might be able to file a claim against the at-fault driver’s estate.
Source: FirstCoastNews, “FHP identifies victims in head-on crash“, November 28, 2014