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Florida Highway Patrol Seeking Witnesses to Tragic, Fatal Accident in Brooksville, Florida


September 22, 2019

The Florida Highway Patrol is Looking for Witnesses in Accident Leading to the Tragic Death of a Brooksville Teenager

BROOKSVILLE, FL – According to an online news report at hernandophoenixnews.com, the Florida Highway Patrol is currently conducting an investigation of an accident that tragically killed a teenager from Brooksville, Florida.*

The 16-year-old was walking to school late last week when the accident occurred.  A 64-year-old male from Brooksville was going north in the 7000 block of California Street in the vicinity of Tampa Street. The 16-year-old was walking on the east side of California Street when he was hit by the passenger side of the 64-year-old man’s 2006 Chevrolet van. 

It does not appear that alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.  The 16-year-old sustained fatal injuries due to the impact of the crash.

It is not clear whether the driver will be cited for causing the accident.  There are no further details on the accident at this time.  The crash remains under investigation by the local police.

Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Florida and across the nation.  According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 70,000 people are injured and about 4,000 perish in vehicular accidents each year.  13% of these accidents involve pedestrians who sustain fatal injuries.  There are several causes of pedestrian accidents that are associated with driver negligence.  Under Florida law, a driver has a duty to exercise reasonable care in the manner in which they operate his or her vehicle.  When they fail to do so, they can be held liable for an accident.

There are several causes of pedestrian-vehicle accidents, which include the following:

  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving
  • Poorly lit roads
  • Inclement weather
  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Failure to use a turn signal
  • Failure to obey traffic signs and signals
  • Failing to yield to the right of way to pedestrians located in crosswalks

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Source:https://hernandophoenixnews.com/2019/09/16/florida-highway-patrol/


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