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Orlando Mayor’s Son Faces Charges After Crashing Car Into a House

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on August 29, 2012

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s 17-year-old son could face multiple charges after a recent early morning accident involving his luxury car and a house. Orlando police are still investigating the incident but say that the minor was at the wheel of a luxury Infiniti car when he ran a stop sign, crashed the car into a house and left the scene of the accident before police arrived to investigate. Police have acknowledged that the accident occurred around 1 a.m. one recent Sunday morning at the intersection of New Hampshire Street and Gerda Terrace in College Park.

Witnesses report that the driver and several passengers in the Infiniti stumbled out of the wrecked car after the accident and fled the accident scene in another vehicle. The Mayor refutes those claims, saying that his son spoke with the homeowner before leaving.

"They’re little 17-year-old kids and he did what he thought was right, which was contact the homeowner and then he thought he could leave," Mayor Dyer told local media outlets.

Dyer said that his son told him that the brakes had failed on the Infiniti, which caused him to blow through the stop sign and collide with the house. Dyer claims that the accident is receiving extra media scrutiny simply because his son was involved. He claims that the extra coverage in unfair and that calls for blood tests are unwarranted. The mayor’s son, who is expected to enter Lake Highland Prep School this fall as a senior, faces multiple charges in connection with the accident, including leaving the scene of an accident. There is no word on whether or not brake failure was a contributing factor in this accident.

Police have not yet announced whether or not the minor was negligent in causing the accident, but if they determine that he was, he and his insurance company could be liable for property damages the accident caused. Accidents where a driver loses control of the automobile and crashes into a house or business are fairly common in Central Florida, and people who are injured in these accidents have a right to seek damages to pay medical bills, repair the home or business, replace any lost revenue caused by the accident and other damages.

If you are a home or business owner who has suffered property damage in an accident, it is highly recommended to speak with an experienced Orlando personal injury lawyer before signing any documents. You could settle for less money than you need to repair the damage and sign away your right to seek additional damages. Call Orlando property damage lawyer James O. Cunningham today at 800-425-2004, and have him review any documentation before you sign it. Scheduling a free consultation with Mr. Cunningham could make the difference between getting the fair and just compensation you deserve and being left with steep out-of-pocket expenses to repair the damage.

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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