Some drivers here in Florida and across the country fail to respect the sanctity of life. They do not consider how their actions will affect the other motorists on the road or even their own passengers. Instead, they drink and drive, text and otherwise get distracted behind the wheel. Then there are those who race down residential and urban streets as though they are immune to causing motor vehicle accidents.
Witnesses to a horrific crash that occurred recently say that two of the four vehicles involved were racing, which has yet to be confirmed by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) or local law enforcement. At least one motorist reported that the two vehicles sped past his vehicle shortly before the accident, which occurred at around 10 p.m. on a recent Wednesday night. When he came upon the scene, he helped free children from one of the wrecked vehicles.
A van was engulfed in flames shortly after the impact. Two children, ages nine and 10, were in the van and succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene, along with a 39-year-old woman who also occupied the van. Two other passengers from the van, ages 15 and 18, were last reported to have survived, but they are in critical condition at an area hospital. Neither the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office nor FHP troopers have a definitive reason why a 22-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle, which then careened across the median and slammed head-on into the other vehicles. A 19-year-old passenger died from injuries suffered in the accident, and the driver of the third vehicle involved was seriously injured.
It is not yet known what criminal charges, if any, will be filed in connection with this tragedy. Regardless, personal injury and wrongful death claims could be forthcoming against the party or parties believed to be responsible. As would be required in other cases involving motor vehicle accidents, liability will need to be established by the court before it will consider an award of damages.
Source: fox4now.com, "2 children among 5 killed in multi-vehicle crash near Tampa", Oct. 27, 2016