Florida accident claims lives of young couple changing tire

A Florida Turnpike accident in Fort Pierce claimed the lives of a young man and woman, ages 24 and 19, who were attempting to change a tire on a disabled vehicle on Oct. 7. Officials have reportedly identified a person of interest in the fatal car accident as a 68-year-old Sanford resident.

The suspected vehicle that struck the couple has been described as a dark-colored tractor-trailer with Illinois license plates. Just after dark, the truck reportedly veered off of the roadway before striking the couple who were changing a tire on the side of the northbound lanes of the turnpike in Fort Pierce. Reports indicate that the driver failed to stop at the scene after striking the couple.

The two accident victims were former students at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. The mother of the woman killed in the accident released a statement expressing her anger and desire to seek justice, in addition to expressing her grief for her daughter and her soon-to-be son-in-law. The attorney for the suspected driver of the rig has contacted police. Police have also reportedly been in contact with representatives from the Kentucky-based company that owns the rig, who are said to be cooperating.

While compensation won’t bring back a loved one who has been killed by a hit-and-run driver, it may allow a family more time to grieve by helping with medical and funeral expenses that can arise as a result of the tragedy. A personal injury attorney with experience in handling hit-and-run accidents may assist family members by pursuing compensation for their loss along with handling a variety of other essential tasks following the accident.

Source: www.wftv.com, “Person of interest in fatal Turnpike hit-and-run nowhere to be found,” Oct. 10, 2013

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