Florida 3-car accident leaves 2 dead

A three-car accident on May 31 has left two dead in Florida after a pickup truck apparently overcorrected after drifting off the road. According to reports, the accident happened around 5:25 p.m. in Flagler County on Interstate 95. Police say that the 38-year-old driver of the 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was headed northbound on the interstate when the truck drifted onto the east shoulder of the road. The man reportedly overcorrected and ended up hitting the median and guardrail, sending the truck to the air. The pickup apparently went into the southbound lanes of the interstate and landed on top of a 2008 Honda Civic before crashing into a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado.

A 17-year-old passenger in the 2001 Chevrolet was reportedly thrown from the vehicle and passed away after being transported to Halifax Health-Medical Center. The 56-year-old female driver of the Honda was also killed. Two others, including the driver of the 2001 Chevrolet suffered minor injuries, according to reports. It was not clear what the condition of the driver of the 2005 Chevrolet was or whether he was injured in the crash.

The accident was still under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol at the time of the report, but charges were reportedly pending, and officers do not believe that alcohol was a factor. The northbound lanes of Interstate 95 were reopened around 7:30 p.m., but the southbound lanes remained closed for several more hours.

Until the investigation is completed and the reason why the driver of the 2001 pickup originally drifted on to the shoulder is known, it’s impossible to tell how this scenario could play out in the courts. Because the driver of the 2001 Chevrolet survived the crash, he may be held liable for compensation requested through a wrongful death or personal injury suit.

Source: Click Orlando, “FHP: Teen, woman dead in Interstate 95 crash in Flagler County” Troy Blevins, May. 31, 2014

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