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Jefferson County Crash Kills One, Injures Another

As a result of a severe car crash that occurred on the morning of February 19th, 2016, one individual was killed and another was hospitalized. The accident occurred around 7:00 am near the intersection of Main Avenue and W. Washington Street near Monticello.

According to officials from the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash happened when two Pinetta men – 23-year-old Robert Christopher Croft and 20-year-old Jose Ryan Hernandez – left the roadway in a pickup truck, smashed into a tree, turned over and struck a second tree. The vehicle had been headed west on W. Washington Street when it crossed over the eastbound lanes and jumped the shoulder.

Croft was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, while Hernandez survived with serious injuries and was taken to the hospital. Details were not immediately provided to the press regarding which individual was the driver, and which was the passenger at the time of the crash. No additional information has been released since the initial reports regarding Hernandez’ current state of health.

An investigation was opened by the Florida Highway Patrol in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Jefferson County EMS. So far, authorities have not publicly identified the reason Croft and Hernandez’ vehicle left the roadway in the first place. Florida State troopers have also not made any statements as to whether they suspect the involvement of alcohol, drugs, distracted driving or other factors.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident or are a family member dealing with the death of a loved one, you may be dealing with significant medical bills, legal concerns, and mental and emotional stress. Luckily, according to Florida law, you have the legal right to receive compensation for all of your losses and injures – including loss of current and future wages.

During this difficult time, you may have difficulty knowing where to turn. For nearly 40 years, the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. have been helping victims of severe car accidents deal with their cases and fight for their legal rights. Call 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) at your earliest convenience to set up a free initial consultation.

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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