One man was killed in a two-car accident that occurred on a Florida highway on Feb. 25. Authorities believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash, which occurred just before 5 a.m. on Interstate 4 in Lakeland.
Police say that a 30-year-old Kissimee man driving a 2007 Chevrolet SUV was headed west on the highway when his car came to a stop in the inside lane. Florida Highway Patrol troopers said that the stop occurred for no apparent reason. The driver of a westbound 2001 Honda Accord did not see the SUV and struck it. Neither of the drivers was wearing safety belts at the time of the accident.
The driver of the Accord, a 21-year-old Orlando man, died at the scene of the accident. Reports did not indicate whether the SUV’s driver suffered any injuries. Police suspected that the 30-year-old man had used alcohol before driving. A spokesperson for Florida Highway Patrol said that although fog was present in the area at the time of the crash, investigators did not believe it was a contributing factor. Charges were pending in connection with the crash at the time of the initial report.
People who drive while drunk often make reckless decisions, including stopping their vehicles in dangerous areas that put other motorists at risk. The families of victims killed in car accidents resulting from drunk drivers’ recklessness struggle as a result of their loved ones’ deaths. Their emotional hardship may be compounded by financial hardship, especially if the deceased person was a significant income earner in their home. Immediate family members of victims may consider filing wrongful death suits to seek compensation from the responsible party.
Source: The Tampa Tribune, “SUV stopped on I-4 leads to fatal crash in Lakeland,” Feb. 25, 2015