Two Accidents Claim Young Victims

It’s Friday, and you’re probably looking forward to the weekend. Maybe you’re planning on watching the World Series, or getting creatively dressed up for a Halloween party. As you go about your fun or relaxing weekend activities, you’ll probably take it all for granted — we all do! But two recent car accidents in the Tampa Bay area are sobering reminders that lives can be changed or destroyed in an instant.

Details on the Fatal Crash Crashes

The first accident occurred on Wednesday night on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard in Tampa. As a family headed home from church in their Toyota minivan, another driver struck their vehicle head-on. Early reports point to the involvement of excessive speed, though initial reports that racing played a role have been denied. The minivan caught on fire as a result of the crash, killing three of its occupants. The victims were a mother and her two children, ages 9 and 10. The other driver and his passenger were also killed. Among the seriously injured are two teenager occupants of the minivan. A third driver was also injured when one of the cars slid into her own vehicle after the collision.

The second accident occurred early Friday morning in Frostproof in Polk County. Unfortunately, it also involves young victims. An 18-year-old high school senior was driving himself and his 15-year-old sister to school when their car was struck by another vehicle. Both siblings were killed.

Tragic Statistics for Young Car Accident Victims

While many accidents result in minor injuries or vehicular damage, tragic accidents such as these remind us of the devastating impact that an accident can have. When young people and children are killed, it is especially devastating. Yet, young people continue to become the victims of car crashes. Over 1,600 children under the age of 15 die annually in auto accident. Car accidents are the leading causes of death for people ages 15-29. We like to think an accident will not happen to our children or loved ones. But when it comes to accident prevention, wishful thinking is not always enough.

To prevent car accidents, be aware of the dangers of drinking, texting, speeding, and other dangerous driving behaviors. Make a commitment to always be a safe driver. Remind your children and loved ones to do the same. The grief that the families of these young victims must be feeling is unimaginable. Do your part to keep the roads safe. Help us get closer to a world where car accidents don’t happen.


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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