The Florida Highway Patrol has released information regarding the accident on Thursday morning that left one person dead and two others with minor injuries. The report indicates that at 6:05 on Thursday morning, Bruce Clouting, a 74-year-old West Melbourne resident, was driving a 2014 four-door Ford north on State Road 520. In the passenger seat of his car, his wife, the 72-year-old Linda Clouting, was riding along.
As the couple neared State Road 528, still in Orange County, Clouting began to perform a left turn in order to go west on State Road 528. The 54-year-old Jeffrey Morris, an Orlando resident, was at this point driving his 1990 Jeep in the southbound lane of State Road 520. It is unknown exactly why Clouting did not see Morris and the Jeep, but as he maneuvered the Ford across the road, the Jeep, unable to stop in time, collided with the right side of the Ford, causing serious damage to the vehicle and critically injuring the passenger, Linda Clouting. When the Florida Highway Patrol and the other emergency vehicles responded, they immediately removed Linda Clouting from the Ford and rushed her to Wuestoff Hospital. When she arrived, she was declared to be deceased. Bruce Clouting and Jeffrey Morris were also taken to local hospitals, but their injuries were deemed to be neither highly serious nor life-threatening.
An investigation regarding the incident is ongoing, although the Florida highway Patrol has declared that alcohol was not a contributing factor to the accident. Furthermore, it is a known fact that all those involved in the accident were wearing seat belts, a fact that likely contributed to the lack of injuries sustained by both Mr. Clouting and Mr. Morris. Like we previously mentioned, it is not known why Clouting performed the turn across the lanes of the highway when he did, nor what the circumstances were under which he failed to see the oncoming Jeep. As this investigation is very much ongoing, The Florida Highway Patrol will continue to gather information and release it as it becomes available.
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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