Three sisters returning from a holiday in Miami were killed in a crash on Interstate 95 on Jan. 4. The accident remains under investigation, and authorities are uncertain whether speed was involved.
According to a representative of the Florida Highway Patrol, an Infiniti driven by a Massachusetts resident who is 39 left the road, hit a median guardrail, turned around and hit a Hyundai Elantra head-on. A Toyota sedan, driven by a 25-year-old Hialeah Gardens resident, which was also heading north, also hit the rear of the Hyundai. The driver of a Honda Accord hit the debris left by the other vehicles.
The Hyundai driver, who was a 64-year-old woman from Rockledge, and her two sisters were killed in the crash. Another passenger in the Elantra was in critical condition, according to authorities. The Infiniti’s driver was reported to be in serious condition. Other occupants in the Infiniti included two women. Both were injured, and one was listed in critical condition at a Melbourne hospital. The women were not using seat belts, police said.
Media outlets reported that one of the sisters left behind an autistic son, aged 29. Her husband said she was devoted to his son, and he was uncertain how he would care for him without his wife’s help.
Car accidents caused by negligent drivers may result in the death of other motorists. The cost may extend beyond the funeral expenses and loss of contributed income. It may, as in this case, cause hardship when caring for adult children who may have difficulty caring for themselves. The family may seek the advice of a personal injury attorney to recover such losses. An attorney may provide insight into options such as a wrongful death suit.
Source: USA Today, “3 sisters killed in Fla. crash were nearly home,” J.D. Gallop, Jan. 4, 2015