In an unfortunate auto accident on the evening of Sunday, December 27th, 2015, a young woman was killed on I-295 near Alta Drive. The driver, 21-year-old Jacksonville resident Madisson Russell, was in the left lane of the highway when her vehicle veered to the left and went off the road. Russell then appeared to have attempted to return to the left lane, over-corrected, and continued through the right lane and off the highway again, where her car eventually hit a tree.
According to the report from the Florida Highway Patrol, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department pronounced Russell dead at the scene of the crash. It is as of yet unknown what exactly caused the 21-year-old to initially leave the highway from the left lane, but troopers continue to investigate. No word has been released as to whether police suspect alcohol, drugs or distracted driving and/or texting in any way.
As a result of the crash, debris from Russell’s 2004 Mazda 6 struck a northbound Mazda CX-7. It was not reported whether the driver of the CX-7 faced any injuries or particularly severe vehicle damage. After the incident was reported as fatal, all northbound lanes of I-295 were closed by the Florida Highway Patrol.
Fortunately, this particular crash claimed no additional victims, despite the fact that Russel’s vehicle veered and left the highway twice in a dangerous loss of control. Of course, this is small comfort for the young woman’s family, who are not only mourning the loss of Madisson, but are still waiting on answers from the police.
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an unexpected accident like this one, it can be near impossible to know where to begin with the financial and legal hurdles ahead of you. Fortunately, the help of an experienced personal injury attorney can make all the difference for your case. Attorney James Cunningham has been representing victims of serious accidents since 1977. For your free initial consultation to discuss your needs and legal rights, contact us at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) today.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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