Florida couple dies when speeding driver slams into their car

Two Florida residents were killed when another driver ran a red light, smashing into their car that was making a left turn on State Route 200 in Ocala on Oct. 24. The other driver also sustained critical injuries in the accident that occurred near On Top of the World.

Florida Highway Patrol said the pair killed, a man, 67, and his wife, 64, were in the turn lane and had a green light for their left turn when a man, driving a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado ran a red light and smashed into the passenger side of the car. The pickup ended up at one side of SR 200 while the car was on the opposite side of the highway.

The highway patrol said the pickup driver was speeding at the time of the accident, which was 9:44 p.m. The couple died at the scene. The pickup driver was taken first to Ocala Regional Medical Center and from there was airlifted to UF Health Shands Hospital’s burn unit in Gainesville with serious injuries. The couple’s deaths were the result of a second fatal car accident in Marion County in less than 24 hours. A 35-year-old man was killed earlier when he rear-ended a construction vehicle.

Losing loved ones is tragic at any time, but is especially tragic when they die in an accident that didn’t have to happen. Surviving family members may be eligible for compensation through a wrongful death claim under Florida personal injury laws. A car accident lawyer may be able to assist survivors in getting this compensation by putting together a detailed claim package to the insurance company. The lawyer’s assistance means that is one less thing family members have to worry about in their time of grief.

Source: Ocala Star Banner, “2 dead, one critically hurt in crash on State Road 200“, Austin L. Miller, October 25, 2013

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