A man was killed recently when a driver lost control of his car and plowed into the bus stop where the victim was waiting. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 just outside the University of Central Florida campus. Troopers say that the driver is a 26-year-old Chuluota man and are still trying to determine how and why he lost control of his vehicle while driving on State Road 434.
Troopers have not released any details about the victim but report that he was sitting on a Lynx bus-stop bench on the sidewalk of State Road 434 south of Solon Drive when he was struck by the Chuluota man’s car. They say that the driver drove over the curb before striking the bus-stop bench and then striking the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene from his injuries. Troopers are waiting for blood-alcohol test results but say that charges against the driver are pending and the accident remains under investigation.
In 2002, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a report that said more than a third of all traffic deaths (35%) occurred in accidents where at least one driver had a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more. NHTSA researchers also found that alcohol was present in 41 percent of all fatal auto accidents.
Here in Florida, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles compiles many different kinds of auto accident data, including the number of accidents caused and people killed and injured by drunk drivers. In 2010, there were 17,748 alcohol-related accidents in our state, which killed 794 people and injured at least 12,168 more.
Drunk drivers know that they are engaging in reckless, negligent behavior but elect to do so anyway. If a drunk driver has injured you or a member of your immediate family and you would like to speak with an Orlando personal injury attorney, call James O. Cunningham today at 800-425-2004 to schedule a free 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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