In a terrible combination of two separate accidents, a 68-year-old man was struck and killed by a car after he attempted to cross the road to confront the driver of the vehicle with which he had just been in another car accident. Both accidents occurred on Sunday, February 21st, 2016 on East Lake Road near the Pasco County line.
According to Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Sergeant Steve Gaskins, the victim, Frank Martello, had been impaired at the time of the crash, and that he had thrown a beer bottle at the other vehicle. Due to his impairment, it is quite possible that Martello was not thinking properly and failed to watch for oncoming traffic before heading out into the roadway.
The vehicle that hit Frank Martello that night was a Chrysler 200 driven by 79-year-old Jane Leven, who was carrying three passengers at the time. No information has been provided as to whether Leven holds any responsibility in the incident. As of the following Monday morning, no charges had been filed.
Since the incident occurred, an investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol has been under way. No additional details have been released as to the identity of the other driver involved in the initial accident, or whether he or she will face any sort of charges.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may be facing a significant number of legal challenges. Not only can it be difficult to deal with insurance companies when attempting to get appropriate compensation for your injuries, but you may also find yourself engaged in a legal battle with a negligent or combative driver. For over three decades, the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. have been helping clients injured in car accidents navigate difficult legal terrain and obtain the compensation they deserve while they focus on recovering and maintaining their home life. To discuss your needs and legal rights, contact us at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) at your earliest convenience.
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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