5 car auto-pedestrian accident in Florida ends in fatality

A 57-year-old Florida man is dead after being run over by a total of five cars. According to reports, the man was walking south across Bloomingdale Avenue in Brandon around 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 28, when he was struck by a 2005 Ford Focus. The man was apparently wearing dark clothing when the 19-year-old driver of the Ford hit him. The force of the impact threw the pedestrian 70 feet, and he came to rest in the middle of the road.

While the 19-year-old was calling 911, a 56-year-old Tampa pastor on his way to his other job at a chemical plant approached the scene in his vehicle. He said that he saw two women jumping up and down on the side of the road and crying and then felt his car run over something. The man got out of the car and attempted to stop other drivers from hitting the body. It appears, however, that three other drivers ran over the man afterward.

Only one of those drivers — a 57-year-old man driving a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria — stopped to see what had happened. The drivers of the other two vehicles, both pickup trucks, kept going — authorities are still trying to find them, though they likely won’t face any charges since the man was already deceased when their vehicles hit him.

It’s unclear from reports what caused the Ford Focus to hit the pedestrian or what charges the 19-year-old may face. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents often end in serious injuries or death for the person due to the lack of protection from the impact of the vehicle. In these kinds of cases, the victim — or the family of the victim in the case of a fatality — may be able to file suit against the driver and collect damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish or other damages.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, “Five vehicles strike pedestrian in fatal Brandon crash” Jimmy Geurts and Dan Sullivan, Feb. 28, 2014

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