Two dead, one critically injured after Hernando County car crash

Two people died and another is in critical condition after a one-car accident early Sunday evening.

According to The Florida Highway Patrol, a 24-year-old Brooksville man was driving a 1996 Ford Mustang when the car hydroplaned. He lost control and the vehicle traveled onto the east shoulder, collided with a culvert and overturned, coming to a stop on its roof.

The driver and one of his passengers, an 18-year-old woman, died at the scene. Another 18 year-old passenger was flown to St. Joseph’s Hospital in critical condition.

The FHP said none of the victims was wearing a seat belt. They are continuing to investigate this tragic car accident.

Hydroplaning happens when the water in front of the tires builds up faster than the vehicle’s weight can push out of the way. The tires rise up and ride across the water like water skis. The vehicle can be completely out of contact with the road and in danger of skidding or drifting out of the lane. The higher the speed, the greater the chance of hydroplaning.

If you find yourself hydroplaning or skidding, the first step is to take your foot off the gas pedal.  Do not brake or turn suddenly. Unless you have anti-lock brakes, you shouldn’t apply the brakes until you have the car under control and the speed is reduced. Applying the brakes in a car without anti-lock brakes only adds to the problem. Grasp the steering wheel in both hands, steer toward the direction of the skid and then steer to keep your car centered in your lane.

Driving in the rain can be dangerous. The most important thing for drivers to remember is to SLOW DOWN.  It takes longer to stop or adjust speed in wet weather. Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t. If you, a family member or a friend is injured in a car accident because of the negligence of another driver, speak with an attorney about your legal rights. The personal injury attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes have been caring for clients in the Tampa Bay area for over 55 years. Contact us today!

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