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Theotis Campbell of Vero Beach, Florida in Collision on US 1; One Dead

September 25, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


Theotis Campbell of Vero Beach, Florida was involved in a fatal collision Tuesday in which the other driver died of her injuries, news sources report. Information regarding the 20-year-old victim's identity was not immediately available following the incident. Campbell, 36, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center. The other victim was taken to Parrish Medical Center, where she reportedly passed away. Police are currently investigating the matter. So far, it is unclear whether police will press charges. It is also unclear whether anyone will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident occurred at around 9:40 Tuesday morning on US 1 in Titusville, near Columbia Boulevard. Campbell was northbound on US1 in his 2002 Chevrolet SUV when he reportedly lost control of his vehicle. The cause of the loss of control has not been specified. The SUV veered into the southbound lanes of the highway, where it collided head-on with a 2004 Toyota Matrix, sources allege. The Toyota rolled over during the collision, reports say. The driver of the Toyota was reportedly wearing her seat belt when the accident occurred. Neither driver had passengers, sources suggest.

Campbell's injuries were minor; he was purportedly rushed to the Holmes Regional Medical Center for treatment. The other driver suffered more serious injuries and was transported to the Parrish Medical Center. Sadly, that victim died of her injuries. Her identity is being withheld from public reports until authorities have located and informed her next of kin of her death.

Freeway car crashes can be especially dangerous, due to the high rates of speed often involved. This is especially true of rollover accidents; loss of control or a collision can easily flip a fast-moving vehicle, crushing the occupants or ejecting them if they are not properly belted in. Last month, a 51-year-old Tampon Springs resident, Nancy Gilberti, died when her vehicle rolled over in a single-vehicle accident, sources report. Gilberti was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. No one else appears to have been injured, and it does not appear as though Gilberti had any passengers at the time of the accident. Police are currently investigating.

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Sunrise, Florida Driver Crashes into Apartment Building

September 17, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


A Sunrise, Florida driver was injured Monday after he reportedly drove into his apartment complex, news sources report. Information regarding the victim's identity was not immediately available following the incident. He was taken to a nearby hospital with unspecified injuries, sources say. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. It is too early to say whether police will file charges.

According to reports, the accident happened around 11:30 Monday morning at the Water Bridge apartment complex, which is located in the 5900 block of De Lago Circle. Reports say the driver lives at the apartment complex. It is unclear whether he was leaving or arriving at home when the crash occurred. The complex has not released a statement on the accident.

While the details surrounding the crash are still somewhat of a mystery, reports say the driver's SUV collided with the apartment complex. The vehicle got stuck in a hallway, squeezed between a stairwell and an apartment door, sources indicate. It apparently burst into flames after entering the hallway.

Iris Melendez, who lives on the second floor of the complex, reportedly rushed outside when she hear a "big bang" cause by the crash, as did a number of other residents. Neighbors apparently worked to free the man; one bystander used a fire extinguisher to smash the passenger-side window to free him, sources say.

Rescue workers soon arrived, and the driver was taken to a nearby hospital. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known. It does not appear as though any other residents of the complex were hurt in the crash. The investigation is being carried out by the Sunrise Police Department, sources say. It remains to be seen whether the crash jeopardized the apartment complex's structural integrity.

Due to the close proximity of roads, parking lots, and buildings, crashes with permanent structures happen on a regular basis. Late last month, a Miami collision ended with a car ricocheting off the side of a tractor-trailer and crashing into a Wendy's restaurant, sources report. The drivers' identities were not provided at press time. The results of a police investigation into the incident have not yet been released.

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Shawn A. Harris of West Palm Beach, Florida Injured in Collision with Josh R. Gouette

July 1, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


Shawn A. Harris and Josh R. Gouette were injured in a two-vehicle collision on Friday, news sources report. Gouette, 30, of Royal Palm Beach, was allegedly in the wrong lanes of Okeechobee Boulevard at the time of the accident. Harris, 36, sustained minor injuries; Gouette suffered critical injuries and is recovering at a local hospital. So far, there have been no charges filed, although reports suggest that drugs or alcohol may have been involved. It is unclear whether Harris will file for damages.

According to reports, the incident occurred around 10:45 Friday evening on Okeechobee Boulevard, east of the Florida Turnpike. Okeechobee Boulevard has six lanes, three lanes going either direction, and is centered by a grassy median. For reasons that are still unclear, sources say Gouette began driving his 2002 Saturn the wrong way down the eastbound lanes of the boulevard moments before the crash. Harris was eastbound in his 2006 Acura when Gouette collided with him head-on, reports say.

Harris sustained minor injuries and was taken to the West Palm Hospital. Gouette injuries were more severe and he was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center. An update on the victims' conditions was not immediately available at press time. Detectives have not yet said whether they have determined what led to Gouette driving on the wrong side of the street.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, around 360 people are killed every year in wrong-way collisions. Researchers with the board examined 1,566 wrong-way crashes from 2004 through 2009 and found that in 59% of those accidents, the wrong-way driver was under the influence of alcohol. Palm Beach County is no stranger to alcohol-influenced accidents; records from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows there were 1,123 alcohol-related crashes in the county in 2010.

In other news, Jonathan Eismann of Miami-Dade County was arrested Saturday after he was accused of hitting and killing 29-year-old pedestrian Juan Carlos Ruiz in a hit-and-run crash, reports say. Eismann, 51, was booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail on charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage and vehicular homicide in a reckless manner. A judge set Eismann's bond at $16,000. It is not yet known whether he has hired legal representation.

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Jeffrey Bates, Pompano Beach, Florida Police Officer, Strikes Pedestrian Helen Adams

June 29, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


Jeffrey Bates, a Pompano Beach, Florida police officer, allegedly crashed into pedestrian Helen Adams on Wednesday, news sources report. Adams, 46, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly after the collision; she had reportedly been jaywalking at the time of the incident. Police are currently conducting an investigation into the crash. Speed may have played a factor, initial reports indicate; however, there have been no indication of charges thus far. It is unclear whether Adams's survivors will file for damages.

According to reports, Bates has worked for the Broward County Sherriff's Office for the last 11 years. Bates is currently assigned to the Pompano Beach district, sources say. He was apparently on duty and in a squad car at the time of the accident.

Reports say the accident occurred at around 3:00 Wednesday morning on North Federal Highway near the border of Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The section of road at the accident site is not well lit and does not have a crosswalk, reports say. Adams and her boyfriend, John Adams, were crossing the street at the time of the incident. John had made it across the southbound lanes, but as Adams was crossing, she was struck by Bates' cruiser.

The accident occurred within the close proximity of a hospital. However, Adams injuries were considered too life-threatening for a normal facility, and she was rushed to Broward Health North's trauma center. Sadly, Adams was pronounced dead at the hospital.

John reportedly told detectives that Bates did not have his sirens or emergency lights on, but that he appeared to be speeding when the crash occurred. The speed limit on that portion of Federal Highway is 45 mph, reports say. Detectives are currently investigating this claim.

Each year, thousands of pedestrians are injured on Florida streets. There are a number of factors that lead to these types of accidents, including poor road visibility, failure to yield, and speeding. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 968 pedestrians were injured and 53 were killed in Broward County traffic accidents in 2010.

In other news, Brian Hart of Plant City was arrested Thursday after he was accused of shining a laser beam at a police helicopter, reports say. Hart, 20, was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail on charges stemming from the incident. He was later released on unspecified terms. It is not yet known whether he has acquired legal representation.

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West Palm Beach, Florida Collision Sends Two to the Hospital

June 27, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


A West Palm Beach, Florida crash sent two people to the hospital Tuesday, news sources report. Information regarding the victims' identities was not immediately available following the incident. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. So far, there have been no charges or citations. It is not yet known whether any of the victims will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 10:00 Tuesday evening at intersection of Okeechobee Boulevard and Haverhill Road in West Palm Beach; the intersection is regulated by a traffic light. The details of the collision are still murky; however, reports indicate that there was a three-vehicle collision at the intersection. When rescue crews arrived at the scene, one of the vehicles was on fire and had to be sprayed with a fire extinguisher.

One person involved in the crash was taken to the Palms West Hospital; another victim was taken to the Wellington Regional Medical Center. An update on the victims' conditions was not immediately available at press time. So far, it is unclear whether speed or failure to yield the right of way played a role in the collision.

Intersections have proven to be tricky, even for seasoned drivers, time and time again. They are host to millions of car crashes annually. In 2007, there were 2.4 million crashes at intersections in the United States, around 40% of all crashes (21% of all fatal crashes) that year, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, as well as motorists, must be extra vigilant to ensure safety at intersections.

In other news, a motorcyclist lost control of his or her vehicle in Boca Raton on Monday, resulting in injuries to both the driver and passenger, reports say. Information regarding the victims' identities was not available at press time. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what factors led to the crash. It is unclear whether there will be any charges.

According to reports, the incident occurred around 9:40 Monday evening at the intersection of Powerline Road and Southwest 18th Street. Reports suggest that only one vehicle was involved. Paramedics found the victims and the motorcycle lying in the street following the crash.

One victim sustained minor injuries and was taken to West Boca Medical Center. The other victim sustained critical injuries and was rushed to the Delray Trauma Center. An update on the victims' injuries was not provided in reports.

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Willie Dumel in Miami, Florida Collision; Four Dead

April 5, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


Willie Dumel of Miami, Florida and four others were involved in a car accident on Wednesday, news sources report. Two men and two women were killed in the accident. Information regarding the victims' identities was not immediately available following the crash. Dumel, 25, had been fleeing the police prior to the crash and he has since been charged with fleeing or attempt to elude a law enforcement officer in a marked vehicle; additional charges are pending. Dumel sustained two broken legs in the collision and received medical treatment before being booked into jail. It is unclear whether he has obtained legal representation, nor is it known whether surviving family of the victims will file a lawsuit.

According to reports, the incident began early Wednesday morning. An Opa-locka police officer allegedly noticed Dumel's black Chevy Suburban exhibiting suspicious activity near the intersection of 144th Street and Northwest 22nd Avenue. The officer attempted to pull Dumel over, but Dumel fled, leading the officer through Miami Gardens and onto the north lanes of Interstate 95, reports say.

Police pursued Dumel along I-95 and off the exit ramp at Ives Dairy Road, sources say. As Dumel took the exit, he allegedly threw a firearm out the window. "The subject threw a .55 [caliber firearm] on I-95 and Ives Dairy out of the window," a police officer said over his radio as the chase was happening. Detectives later collected the firearm on the Ives Dairy Road exit.

Officers continued their chase and Dumel drove back onto I-95. This time, however, he reportedly drove onto the wrong side of the highway, prompting officers to discontinue their chase. "My understanding is the chase was broken off at the exit ramp of Ives Dairy Road [when Dumel entered the opposing lanes]," a police spokesperson said.

Despite this report, communications from the chasse indicate that an officer may have followed Dumel into the opposing lanes. "This guy is all over the road," an officer allegedly said. "Now he's going against traffic on I-95. We're going northbound in the southbound lanes."

Jeff Kopelman, who was traveling on I-95 at the time, apparently noticed Dumel's headlights moving towards him. "Two seconds after I realized that [there were headlights coming towards me], I mean two seconds ... what looked like one big ball and next thing I know, I see one of the automobiles go up in the air, come down, [and] turn over and over."

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Nerin Palma-Velasquez Injured in Lake Worth, Florida Fire Engine Collision

April 2, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


Nerin Palma-Velasquez and three firefighters were injured in a Lake Worth, Florida fire engine collision on Saturday, news sources report. Velasquez, 22, sustained critical injuries in the collision and was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Information regarding the three firefighters' identities was not immediately available following the crash; the trio reportedly sustained minor injuries. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. It is unclear whether Velasquez will be cited for failing to yield for an emergency vehicle.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 12:30 Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Lucerne Avenue and North Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. Fire Engine 91 was responding to a fire in the 700 block of South E Street at the time. Reports say the fire truck was westbound on Lucerne Avenue with its sirens and lights on. Meanwhile, Velasquez was heading north on Dixie Highway in his Honda Accord.

At the intersection, sources say Velasquez had the green light and failed to stop for the fire truck as it crossed the intersection. Velasquez ended up crashing into the side of the fire truck, reports indicate.

Paramedics loaded Velasquez onto the Trauma Hawk helicopter and flew him to the Delray Trauma Center. His condition remained critical throughout the day. Three firefighters sustained minor injuries in the accident; paramedics took two of them to the JFK Medical Center, while the third was treated at the scene. Another fire engine responded to the burning house and extinguished the flames, a fire department spokesperson said. It is not known whether anyone was injured in the fire.

In other news, Terrence Hunter backed into and killed Ethan V. Estrada in a Port Charlotte accident on Tuesday, reports say. Hunter, 62, of Ontario, Canada accidentally backed into Estrada while exiting his driveway. Estrada, 7, was pronounced dead after being rushed to a nearby hospital. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the accident and has not said whether they intend to seek legal action.

Reports say Estrada's father is Charlotte County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Estrada. When asked for a statement following the accident, Kevin Estrada said, "Our family has suffered a tragic loss. We ask that everyone please respect our privacy during our time of grief."

The accident occurred around 5:15 Tuesday evening at a Hunter's residence on Ackerman Avenue. Hunter was backing out of his garage when his 2009 Hyundai Sonata's front-left tire struck and rolled over Estrada. It is not clear from reports whether Hunter and Estrada are neighbors.

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Coral Springs, Florida Collision Critically Injures One Driver

March 27, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


A Coral Springs, Florida collision sent one driver to the hospital on Monday, news sources report. An SUV and truck were involved in the collision, which critically injured the SUV's driver; the driver of the truck was uninjured. Information regarding the victim's identity was not immediately available following the accident. Police are currently investigating to determine the exact cause of the crash. It is still unclear whether either driver will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 3:45 Monday afternoon somewhere in the 1300 block of Coral Ridge Drive. Coral Ridge Drive is a four-lane road whose opposing lanes are separated by a grassy median. The opposing lanes are also equipped with a passing lane. Reports say one of the drivers steered into the path of the other driver, causing the collision. It is not presently known which vehicle passed in front of the other or why.

Paramedics arrived at the crash site and rushed the SUV's driver to the Broward Health North Medical Center; sources say the victim sustained critical injuries. An update on the victim's condition was not immediately accessible following the crash. Detectives say the truck's driver escaped the collision unscathed.

Like many busy Florida roadways, Coral Ridge Drive has a history of dangerous traffic accidents. In April 2012, a Broward County Sheriff's detective was sent to the hospital following a collision in the 3600 block of Coral Ridge Drive, sources indicate. Both drivers sustained minor injuries in the collision and were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police later conducted an investigation, though the outcome of that investigation is not clear.

According to reports, the accident occurred at around 7:00 a.m. on April 21 in the 3600 block of Coral Ridge Drive. Sources say a Broward County Sheriff's detective and another driver were in a collision, the details of which are not presently clear. It is unclear whether the detective was on duty at the time of the crash.

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Tamarac, Florida Building Collision Sends One Woman to the Hospital

March 4, 2013 by Elaina Robbins


A Tamarac, Florida building collision sent one woman to the hospital on Monday, news sources report. The accident occurred when a car crashed through the storefront of a deli on Nob Hill Road. A woman eating at the deli was treated at the scene; she sustained only minor injuries. It is unclear whether the driver was injured. Information regarding the victims' identities was not immediately available following the accident. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the collision. So far, it is unclear whether anyone involved will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 10:15 Monday morning at Nosher's Deli on North Hill Road. The deli is located in a small plaza with a parking lot directly in front. While the exact details are not yet known, a Tamarac Fire Rescue spokesperson said a vehicle crashed through the deli's glass storefront. The car reportedly struck a woman who was eating at a table inside the store.

Paramedics and fire rescue teams arrived minutes after the crash, and paramedics treated the woman at the scene. According to reports, the victim sustained only minor lacerations and contusions. It is currently unclear whether the driver sustained injury in the accident. It is also unclear whether police will file charges against the driver. Police are still investigating the incident; it is unclear whether alcohol, speed, or driver negligence played a role in the crash.

In other accident-related news, an ambulance driver was injured in a Miami-Dade County accident on Thursday, reports say. The accident occurred when a vehicle collided with the ambulance near the Florida International University's south campus. The ambulance driver was taken to the hospital following the accident. Information about the victims' identities and condition was not available following the crash. An investigation is ongoing.

According to reports, the accident occurred around noon on Thursday at the intersection of 107th Avenue and Southeast 8th Street. The intersection is a large, with multiple lanes and a traffic light. All that is publicly known at this time is that a gray Volkswagen Beetle collided with the ambulance at the intersection. It is not clear who had the right-of-way at the time.

Paramedics arrived on the scene and found the ambulance on its side near the corner of the intersection. According to reports, fire rescue teams had to cut the ambulance driver from the vehicle. It is unclear whether paramedics took either driver to the hospital. Reports say the ambulance was not carrying a patient at the time of the accident.

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Jean Mirabile Injured in North Lauderdale, Florida Hit and Run Accident

November 8, 2012 by Elaina Robbins


Jean Mirabile of North Lauderdale, Florida was injured Tuesday when she was struck by a car while crossing an intersection on U.S. 441, news sources indicate. The driver, who has not yet been identified, fled the scene following the accident. Mirabile, 49, was rushed to the Broward Health North Medical Center, where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol and Broward County Sheriff's office continue to investigate the accident; no arrests have been made.

Reports say the accident occurred sometime Tuesday evening as Mirabile walked alongside U.S. 441. It is not clear whether she had a walk signal at a time. She began to cross the road at the intersection of Southwest 12th Street. As she moved onto the road, the right side of a silver minivan apparently broadsided her. The vehicle threw Mirabile to the ground, injuring her head. The minivan also lost its right side mirror and sustained damage to its right side from the impact.

Witnesses say the minivan passed through a green light when it struck Mirabile; however, the driver of the van did not stop after striking the woman. Paramedics arrived on the scene and rushed Mirabile to the Broward Health North Medical Center in a helicopter. Physicians later listed her condition as being stable. Detectives also announced that they are looking for the driver of a Chrysler Town & Country, silver, with a model year ranging from 2001 to 2005. The officers say the vehicle is missing its right-side mirror.

Mirabile was not the only Broward County pedestrian hit by a vehicle recently. On Friday, Nay'Twaun Hardy, a 14-year-old Hollywood, Florida resident, was struck by a car as he jogged across a portion of Sheridan Street, reports indicate. He was taken to the Memorial Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced brain-dead from his injuries. The driver who struck Hardy remained on the scene and has not been charged with a crime. However, an investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Reports say Hardy went to school at the Attucks Middle School in his hometown of Hollywood. His hobbies included track and field, poetry, trombone, and video games. On Friday, Hardy was jogging over several roadway lanes on Sheridan Street to get to a nearby basketball game. It is not clear whether he was crossing at a crosswalk. As he made his way across the road, a 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis collided with him. The driver remained on the scene to answer questions while paramedics rushed Hardy to the nearby Memorial Regional Hospital.

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Johnny Bezwiechin Pronounced Dead in Lakeland, Florida Pedestrian Collision

November 5, 2012 by Elaina Robbins


Johnny Bezwiechin of Lakeland, Florida was killed Thursday after he was struck by several cars while crossing Kathleen Road, news sources indicate. Bezwiechin, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene. One driver, identified as Mark Jeffrey Rumbak, 60, of Tampa, Florida was taken to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center for serious injuries. It is not clear whether police are planning on filing any charges.

Reports say the accident occurred along a stretch of Kathleen Road in Lakeland as Bezwiechin walked along a median. At some point, Bezwiechin attempted to cross the roadway and was struck by Rumbak. The collision sent Bezwiechin further into the roadway, where he was struck by four other drivers. The other drivers were identified as Thibault Luc Delagrandville, 26, of Seattle, Leianna O'Neil Burks, 19, of Lakeland; Trevor David Thielbar, 41, of New Port Richey; and Shantel Shequilla Hollis, 33, of Plant City. The Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate the incident; so far, no charges have been pressed. All of the drivers involved waited at the scene and cooperated with authorities.

Bezwiechin was not the only Florida pedestrian struck by a vehicle while crossing a road this past week. On Friday, a 16-year-old Hollywood, Florida boy was critically injured as he crossed a portion of Sheridan Street, reports indicate. Reports did not identify the child, who was rushed to the Memorial Regional Hospital with serious injuries. No arrests were made and an investigation is ongoing.

Reports say the accident occurred around 4:00 Friday evening as the teen crossed a section of road along the 2200 block of Sheridan Street in Hollywood, Florida. It is not clear if he was crossing at a crosswalk. In any case, the driver of a Mercury sedan collided with him in the road. The impact sent the boy's school bag from his shoulder and across the roadway. The driver remained at the accident site and spoke with detectives following the incident. The identities of the parties involved were withheld, as the investigation is ongoing.

In more accident-related news, a crasah involving two large commercial trucks shut down the northbound lanes of I-75 in Hillsborough County Friday, reports indicate. The tragic accident resulted in a massive vehicle fire that took the life of one of the drivers. No names have yet been released as the Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate the incident.

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Palm Beach County Officer and Five Others Injured in West Palm Beach, Florida Car Crash

November 2, 2012 by Elaina Robbins


Six people were injured in a multiple vehicle traffic accident in West Palm Beach, Florida Thursday near an intersection of Pike Road and Southern Boulevard, news sources indicate. The names of those injured have not yet been released, but reports say one of the victims was a Palm Beach County School District Officer.

Reports say the accident occurred around 4:00 Thursday evening near the Florida Turnpike around the intersection of Pike Road and Southern Boulevard. The exact details of the case remain unclear, but reports say the accident involved six different vehicles. A Palm Beach County School District Officer was one of the drivers, reports say. He was driving in his official vehicle when an unidentified driver struck him from behind for reasons that have yet to be determined.

According to reports, paramedics took four of the victims to the Palms West Hospital located in Loxahatchee and one to the Wellington Regional Medical Center. A sixth victim declined treatment. Police shut down the portion of the road where the accident occurred for over an hour as they cleared the debris and conducted an initial investigation.

On Saturday, another officer was involved in accident Highlands County. Cory Dale Tomblin, a Highlands County Sheriff's deputy, reportedly struck and killed a pedestrian along U.S. 27, reports indicate. The victim, identified as Sherri L Stewart, 48, was pronounced dead at the Lee Memorial Hospital.

Reports say the accident occurred around 10:00 Saturday evening as Tomblin, 24, traveled along U.S. 27, outside of Mirror Lake Drive. Stewart walked across the lanes and into the path of Tomblin's 2006 Ford Crown Victoria, sources say. Tomblin swerved to miss Stewart, reports indicate, but instead the side of his vehicle collided with her. Paramedics rushed her to the Lee Memorial Hospital, where she died.

Additional tragic news was reported out of Lithia, Florida Wednesday when Magali Castaldi of Lithia collided with Gary Cornthwait's, also of Lithia near State Road 62. Castaldi , 31, was pronounced dead at the scene. Cornthwait escaped without injury. Reports say the accident occurred on Country Road 39 near State Road 62. Castaldi was driving southbound in a 2012 Honda Civic when she attempted to turn onto State Road 62. Her vehicle then crossed paths with Cornthwait's 1994 International truck. Cornthwait attempted to swerve and miss Castaldi but she struck him head on, reports say. Cornthwait did not sustain injury; Castaldi, however, dead at the scene.


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Saydat Sucknanan Injured in Fatal Martin County, Florida Crash

November 1, 2012 by Brian Y. Silber


Saydat Sucknanan was injured in a Martin County, Florida crash yesterday. Steven Ramos, the driver of Sucknanan's vehicle was killed. According to news reports, Saydat Sucknanan and Steven Ramos were traveling in a work van when, for unknown reasons, the van crossed the center line and crashed into a dump truck head on. News reports indicate that wind is being considered as a possible cause. Fortunately, the driver of the dump truck only had minor injuries.

As an Florida personal injury attorney, I can tell you that this truck accident, while a bit strange, is not uncommon. As a legal blogger, my purpose in writing here is to break down a case like this one into is most fundamental legal components.

Every case presents its own set of issues, and this truck accident is no exception.

LEGAL ANALYSIS
In order to present a successful claim in court, a truck accident case must present an attorney with three fundamental things: 1) Proof that another party caused the accident. 2) Proof that the client was injured as a result. 3) The presence of an insured or otherwise "collectible" defendant.

Assuming the facts presented in the media are accurate, it would be clear that Saydat Sucknanan is clearly the innocent party in this accident.

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Edel Dumenigo & Joaquin Dumenigo Injured in Naples Accident

September 21, 2012 by Brian Y. Silber


Edel Dumenigo and Joaquin Dumenigo, of Naples, Florida, were injured in a truck accident earlier this week. According to news reports, Warren Gordon, of Lehigh Acres, lost control of his semi-trailer as he drove southbound on Collier Road towards The Lord's Way. As he braked to avoid a collision, Gordon lost control of the semitrailer, crossed the median, and drove into on-coming traffic. This caused three vehicles in the northbound lanes to crash into his truck.Florida Injury Attorney.jpg

For reasons I will explain below, I strongly suspect that Edel Dumenigo and Joaquin Dumenigo are entitled to very substantial monetary compensation for their injuries. This is a serious case and will require a very thorough analysis by a personal injury attorney to determine if they do in fact present a winning case.

Obviously, this conclusion is not final and is only a suspicion as this case is still under investigation and a much more comprehensive analysis of the evidence is needed before final conclusions can be drawn. That said, the following analysis should shed light on many of the legal issues a case like this presents.

THE FACTS

According to news reports, Edel Dumenigo was driving a pickup truck when Gordon's semitrailer crossed into the northbound lanes. She was unable to stop and crashed into the semi head on. Both Edel and her husband, Joaquin Dumenigo, were seriously injured. It is not clear whether either one has been released from the hospital as of today's date.

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