Florida auto-pedestrian accident results in 3 fatalities

Almost every driver will be involved in a car accident at some point, but being struck by a car is not normally on the forefront of the minds of those outside of a vehicle. However, residents of a Florida country club recently found out that tragedy can strike at any time.

Shortly after an 11 a.m. church service, people gathered outside of the Sugar Creek Country Club — located 45 miles south of Tampa — to talk in the parking lot. According to Florida Highway Patrol, a 79-year-old woman backed her 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe out of a handicapped parking space, lost control of the vehicle and ended up running over a group of residents in the parking lot. The SUV continued, going over a curb and through several small trees before coming to rest partially submerged in a canal.

Three people were killed, and another four seriously injured, as a result of the accident. According to reports, alcohol was not a factor, but police were unsure why the woman did not stop before hitting the residents. One of the victims died at the scene, while the other two fatalities occurred after they had been taken to a hospital. Neither the driver nor her husband, who was in the passenger seat at the time of the crash, were injured.

Pedestrian accidents can result in severe injuries to the victims due to the force of the moving vehicles and the lack of anything to absorb part of the impact for the pedestrians. While this particular case is still being investigated, if the driver is found at fault for the incident, charges may be filed and the victims and their families may be entitled to compensation for their injuries or loss of companionship.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, “SUV crash kills 3 after church service in Bradenton” William R. Levesque, Feb. 02, 2014

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