Man accused of killing 3 in fatal car accident
A 27-year-old man has turned himself in after he was accused of causing a St. Petersburg fatal crash that killed three women. The fatal car accident occurred on June 26. According to reports, the man was driving in the wrong direction on 16th Street when his vehicle crashed into another car. That car apparently immediately caught fire, killing a 21-year-old woman and a 23-year-old woman inside. A third woman was also killed in the crash. According to reports, all three of the women were related and left behind six children altogether.
The man was believed to be evading the authorities in the four days after the crash, but on June 30, he went to the Pinellas County Jail with his attorney to turn himself in. His first court appearance was on July 1, and the man appeared via video conference. According to reports, he answered questions posed to him by the judge and asked his lawyer to get in contact with his family.
The man is facing charges of leaving the scene of a St. Petersburg fatal crash, violating the terms of his probation and vehicular homicide. It was not clear what kind of offense the man had committed previously or why he was on probation at the time of the accident.
For surviving family members, a fatal crash changes their lives forever. While a case moving forward and going to trial can bring some relief to the family, there are still complicated and expensive issues to face, such as who will raise any children that a victim of a fatal car accident has left behind. Compensation awarded to the surviving family members by the courts can help ease some of the financial burden and bring a small amount of closure as relatives of the victim begin moving forward with their lives.
Source: Source: FOX 13 News, “No bond for man accused in fatal crash,” Aaron Mesmer, July 1, 2014