Israeli woman dead after auto-pedestrian accident in Florida

A 57-year-old Israeli woman from Jacksonville, Florida, died after she was hit by a Toyota Camry when she was attempting to cross the street to attend a Yom Kippur service at a synagogue. The Camry was traveling southbound when it hit the woman and her 17-year-old daughter. The Florida Highway Patrol was investigating the cause of the accident at last report to determine whether the driver ran a red light or was under the influence of alcohol.

The daughter sustained severe injuries as a result of the accident and was being treated at the University of Florida Health hospital in Jacksonville. As sometimes happens after such pedestrian accidents, the driver of the Camry could find himself facing a wrongful death lawsuit from the surviving family members of the deceased Israeli woman.

According to the deceased woman’s relatives, she was planning on returning to her home country after her daughter graduated from high school. Now her family is reportedly planning to fly her body to Israel so that she can be buried beside her deceased husband.

If the deceased woman’s family decides to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the Camry, they could potentially receive reimbursement for her hospital expenses and burial costs. They might also be able to obtain compensation for their pain and suffering and the woman’s lost earning power. Additionally, her daughter who was also injured in the accident could file a personal injury lawsuit to attempt to seek compensation for her injuries. A personal injury attorney might be able to help the surviving family determine whether they have the grounds to file a claim and then help them negotiate favorable settlements with insurance companies, or if that doesn’t work, in court, if necessary.

Source: YNet News, “Florida: Israeli dies after being hit by car on way to Kippur services“, Ilana Curiel, September 15, 2013

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