Early on Wednesday morning, a head-on collision occurred in Volusia County that left one teenager dead and two other individuals badly injured. According to the report from the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred shortly after 1:00 in the morning of July 5th, close to where State Road 415 crosses Colony Road. The particular stretch also lies at a point in between Deltona and New Smyrna Beach.
The report indicates that a 2017 four-door Toyota was driving southbound on State Road 415 when it made a legal pass around a car. An unnamed 22-year-old man from Hallandale Beach was behind the wheel of the Toyota, and after he completed the pass he maneuvered his car back into the correct lane of the road.
Another car, a 2006 four-door Nissan, was traveling north on State Road 415 at this same time. The driver, a 21-year-old woman from Sanford, suddenly and for reasons that are not currently known, slid from her lane along the northbound side of the highway and merged with the southbound lanes, still driving north. The driver of the Toyota, having just completed his pass of the other car, was not expecting to encounter a car going the wrong direction in his lane. He was unable to avoid the Nissan and the two cars subsequently collided head-on.
Lydia Medore, an 18-year-old from Boca Raton, was in the passenger seat of the Toyota at the time of the collision. As a result of the accident, she suffered severe injuries. The emergency response crew did everything they could, but Medore’s physical trauma was too much to overcome. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Toyota was badly injured and he was rushed to Halifax Medical Center where he is currently undergoing treatment. The driver of the Nissan, whose injuries were far less severe, also received transportation to the Halifax Medical Center. At the time of this writing, the current condition of both drivers is not known.
The Florida Highway Patrol concluded their statement by saying that their investigation ruled out alcohol as a possible cause of the accident.
No charges have yet been filed.
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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