Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death of teenagers. Each year more than 5,000 teenagers are killed in traffic-related accidents. They are inexperienced drivers and often drive at a high-rate of speed. In addition, teenagers have a lower rate of safety belts use than the rest of the driving public.
On June 2, a high school sports star in the Orlando area lost control of his pickup truck and died. The accident also injured several other teenagers who were thrown from the vehicle. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Dominic Lee was driving his Chevrolet pickup truck eastbound on U.S. Highway 192 near Radar Road in Brevard County around 4:20 a.m. Lee and four friends, who were also athletes, had been at a party and were traveling to the beach for the day. They had just graduated from high school and perhaps were celebrating their recent accomplishment.
Lee lost control of the vehicle and crossed the center medium. The pickup truck rolled multiple times, and the vehicle came rest upside down. Lee and the other passengers in the vehicle were ejected. Lee was not wearing a safety belt. It’s unclear if the other passengers were wearing safety belt, according to media reports. Lee was transported to a local hospital and later died as a result of the injuries that he suffered in the accident.
Lee had a promising life ahead of him. He was star athlete at Osceola High School and was considered one of the top defense backs in Florida. He helped lead Osceola to the Class 7A state championship game. He had planned to enroll at Butler Community College in Kansas and continue his football career.
It’s not clear what injuries the other teenagers suffered, but recent reports did say they were in the hospital and listed in serious condition. Police have spoken with the driver of another vehicle who witnessed the crash. The Florida Highway Patrol was waiting on a toxicology report to determine if alcohol played a factor in the accident. The agency was also investigating whether speed helped cause the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Florida automobile accident, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. immediately at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for 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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