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Cause for Florida grandmother's death includes racing rumors

The shock following a family member's death in a preventable traffic accident is often supplemented by anger. The loss of a law-abiding Florida community member or a family guide or supporter makes no sense. Spouses, children and parents of car accident victims want to undo the impossible and are horrified because they cannot.

The legal system serves to protect the innocent, punish offenders and compensate victims. Families affected by wrongful deaths caused by negligent drivers would trade a defendant's criminal punishments and liability penalties in a heartbeat for the return of a loved one. Instead, relatives find some comfort in the justice judges and juries provide.

Law enforcers in southwestern Florida are not certain why a 37-year-old man lost control of a Honda Civic. Police are sure the actions that followed caused the death of an 86-year-old grandmother.

Reports said the nighttime crash occurred when the Honda driver missed a curve on a Naples street and struck a curb. The impact drove the Civic across a median and into another car. The elderly passenger in a Hyundai Elantra was killed in the presence of her 38-year old granddaughter, the driver.

Troopers want to know more about the Honda driver's activities before the deadly car accident. Neighborhood residents have talked about the possibility the Civic was racing along the city street prior to the crash.

Authorities have not released a report about the Honda's speed or speculated on whether racing rumors were valid. As with all accident investigations involving serious injuries or fatalities, police gather evidence including witness statements while eliminating possible causes.

Vehicle inspections and driver chemical tests reveal tell whether mechanical failure or human negligence led to the collision. Evidence from the accident site tells how the crash occurred. Collected proof and suspicion of wrongdoing can lead to criminal charges and companion claims through civil court for wrongful death damages.

Source:, "FHP IDs victim in fatal North Naples crash" No author given, Aug. 29, 2013

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