2 die, 3 injured in pedestrian accident

A recent Florida accident left two people dead and three others injured. The pedestrian accident happened on U.S. 27 in Sebring. A 54-year-old man was reportedly driving down U.S. 27 at a high rate of speed and swerving in and out of traffic. He ended up hitting four pedestrians who tried to get out of his way but were unable to do so. Witnesses to the accident say the driver was going at least 70 miles per hour even though the area is a 25 mile per hour zone.

A 62-year-old woman and another man were both killed in the accident. Two other elderly male pedestrians were injured and listed in critical condition. The driver was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where he was also listed in critical condition. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident and are waiting for toxicology results, which will indicate whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

Police did not mention what charges, if any, the driver will face. If drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash, the man could face DUI and other charges related to the victims’ deaths and injuries. If convicted of those crimes, he may face prison, probation, fines and loss of his driver’s license. The driver could also face wrongful death and personal injury litigation from the victims and their families.

Pedestrians who suffer injuries or death due to a driver’s negligence may be able to pursue litigation for damages related to the accident. A personal injury attorney could consult with them on whether a suit is likely to succeed, how much in damages to pursue and which parties should be held liable. The attorney could then present their case in trial or in settlement negotiations.

Source: WFTS, “Swerving truck crashes into pedestrians in Sebring killing two people, injuring 3 others “, Chris Trenkmann, January 06, 2014

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