A senseless and violent accident accident took place along Orange County’s State Road 50 in early evening on Saturday. A BMW being driven by an unnamed 45-year-old man was traveling west on Colonial Drive shortly before the accident. According to numerous witnesses, the BMW was driving erratically, swerving in and out of traffic and generally behaving in a completely unnecessary and dangerously aggressive manner. Close to where State Road 50 connects to Gloucester Street, and just to the west of State Road 520, the BMW’s driver swerved his car into the eastbound lane and directly into a pickup truck.
Emergency crews were called and dispatched almost immediately to the scene. When they arrived, they found themselves facing two twisted masses of metal surrounded by shattered glass. Head-on collisions are often the most violent and destructive out of any type of accident. This is because the force with which the two cars strike one another amounts to the speed of one car added to the speed of the other. If, for instance, the BMW was traveling at 60mph and the Pickup was traveling at 50mph the force of the impact would be as if one car hit a brick wall traveling at 110 mph.
Despite their best efforts, the response teams were unable to quickly free the driver of the BMW or the driver of the pickup truck, both of whom had become trapped in their vehicle as a result of the accident. While they each survived the initial accident, both were pronounced dead shortly afterwards. The driver of the pickup was the 69-year-old Linda McCormick. A third victim, the 13-year-old Dylon McCormick, was sitting in the passenger side of the pickup. The accident left him critically injured, and an emergency medical team rushed him to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the medical center. Two other passengers in the pickup were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. It is not known what their condition was at the time of admission nor what their condition is at the time of this writing.
In a mirthless piece of irony, the accident took place almost directly before a small memorial constructed beside the road and encouraging drivers to remain safe.
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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