A horrific traffic accident occurred on Saturday night that left one man dead and charges potentially being leveled against two others. According to the Florida Highway Patrol’s report, James Lorraine, a 28-year-old, was driving his motorcycle westbound on East Colonial Drive, close to where it crosses State Road 417. At this same moment, a Nissan Sentra, driven by the 23-year-old Christopher Shuman, was turning across East Colonial Drive in order to access the highway. Shuman, who had a yield sign, either ignored the sign or did not see the motorcyclist. He cut directly in front of Lorraine, causing Lorraine to collide with the side of Shuman’s vehicle and fly off his bike.
Sgt. Kim Montes, the spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol, said that it was at this point when a third vehicle entered the scene. After being thrust from his bike, Shuman landed in the center lane of East Colonial Drive. Before he could move out of the way of traffic (assuming that his injuries weren’t too severe at this point and that such movement would still be possible), an Infiniti G35, driven by the 26-year-old Joel Negron, ran him over.
For reasons that are as of yet unknown, Negron did not immediately stop his vehicle. It is as though he were unaware that he had hit something, and that this thing he had hit was stuck underneath his car. Negron drove for a quarter of a mile, dragging Lorraine the entire way, before he pulled over.
Emergency response teams were dispatched immediately, but they were not able to reach the severely wounded Lorraine in time. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident.
The Florida Highway Patrol’s report states that alcohol tests were conducted on all three individuals involved. The results all turned up negative. At this point, the investigation is ongoing, and the Florida Highway Patrol has yet to release additional statements outlining what charges, if any, will be brought against Shuman and Negron. Regardless, this situation is forever altering the lives of many people, most dramatically the family and loved ones of Christopher Shuman.
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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