Fiery head-on collision in Florida kills 1, injures 2 children

A head-on collision in Florida left one woman dead and injured three other people, two of them young children, on Feb. 14. The accident occurred just after 9 a.m. on State Road 60 in Osceola County. A 19-year-old Plantation man was traveling in a four-door Volkswagen in the westbound lanes of the highway when, according to police, his vehicle entered the eastbound lanes while passing other westbound vehicles. The Volkswagen then struck a four-door Hyundai traveling in the eastbound lanes. The force of the impact sent the Hyundai crashing into a guardrail. It then caught fire.

The 56-year-old Miami woman driving the Hyundai died at the scene of the accident. A 4-year-old girl in the Hyundai suffered critical injuries in the crash, while a 6-year-old boy suffered serious injuries. Emergency crews took both of the children, who are cousins, to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando. The Volkswagen’s driver suffered minor injuries.

Reports indicated that charges were pending in connection with the accident, though they did not disclose the nature of the charges. Police had not yet concluded their investigation.

Drivers who attempt to pass other vehicles by crossing into oncoming lanes place other motorists and passengers at high risk, particularly in heavy traffic on high-speed roadways. This often results in deadly head-on collisions that leave families mourning and often deep in debt from funeral expenses, lost wages and the loss of support. Families of deceased car accident victims are often eligible to file wrongful death suits in civil court against negligent drivers who were responsible for their loved ones’ deaths. Attorneys may be able to help families determine what remedies may be available.

Source: News 13, “1 killed, 3 injured in head-on crash in Osceola County”, Feb. 15, 2015