Car Chase Leads to Fatal Crash Involving Child in Daytona Beach
A 33-year-old Daytona Beach resident is currently facing numerous charges after an accident in which they were involved resulted in two fatalities. The reports from the Daytona Beach Police Department indicated that the incident took place sometime during April 1st, although the precise time was not immediately indicated.
On the day in question, the 33-year-old was behind the wheel of a 2005 Acura RL and driving close to the intersection of U.S. 92 and Took Farms Road within Volusia County when an officer with the Daytona Beach Police Department attempted to pull him over. The reason for this, stated the report, was that the officer suspected that the tint over the car’s windows and license plate was illegal. It is not clear if that question was ever resolved.
The 33-year-old driver of the Acura saw the police behind them and decided to try and evade capture. Later, the individual told the authorities that they were fleeing because they had an illegal substance on them at the time. The nature of this substance was not indicated in the reports.
After fleeing the traffic stop, the Acura traveled along the Bellevue Avenue Extension. Around this time, they were clocked at traveling around 80mph through a stretch with a 35mph limit. From here, they continued across an Interstate 95 overpass and headed towards the intersection with Williamson Boulevard.
At this same time, a 2008 Avalon carrying two individuals was within the southern lanes of Williamson Boulevard, headed towards the same intersection. The reports did not make clear whether or not the Avalon had a green light at the time, but we do know that the driver began to travel through the intersection. The Acura, still traveling at a high rate of speed, also entered the intersection at this same time.
The drivers of the Avalon and the Acura were not able to avoid one another during this time, and the Acura wound up T-boning the side of the Avalon, inflicting severe injuries on both individuals within the other car.
When emergency response crews reached the area, there was nothing they could do for the two within the Avalon. The two of them, a 37-year-old adult and a 7-year-old child, were both declared dead at the scene of the crash.
The driver of the Avalon was apprehended and arrested shortly afterwards. They now face numerous charges.
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.