Fatal Brevard County Car Crash on I-95 Likely Result of Speeding
A Kia carrying three people was involved in a fatal auto accident with a van on Monday, February 1st, within Brevard County. Reports from the Florida Highway Patrol indicate that the incident took place during the mid-morning, sometime around 9:00, and that it involved vehicles that were traveling along the northbound lanes of Interstate 95, close to mile marker 117 and to where Palm Bay Road intersects with the major interstate. While the fatal incident remains under investigation, at the time of this writing we do have numerous reports from first responders to paint a fairly comprehensive picture of the events that led to the accident in question.
It was close to 9:00 a.m. and a 20-year-old individual was behind the wheel of a Kia Optima, piloting it down the northern lanes of I-95. In the car with the 20-year-old were two 17-year-old individuals, both of whom are believed to be Merritt Island residents. At the time of this writing, the reports indicate that it is not clear if either of the 17-year-olds or the 20-year-old were wearing seatbelts.
Also traveling down the northbound lanes of I-95 at this time was a Ford van. Witnesses to the crash told the investigators that it appears as though the Kia was traveling at a rate of speed that far exceeded the posted limit (a statement that has yet to be corroborated by the investigating team). As the Kia approached the van, something occurred to cause the driver of the Kia to collide with the rear of the larger vehicle, causing both drivers to lose control of their cars. While the van remained on the roadway after the crash, the Kia, perhaps as a result of its speed, spun across the asphalt, over the shoulder, and into a line of trees standing near to the road. The force of the crash between the Kia and the trees was powerful enough to cause all of the individuals within the Kia to suffer from severe or critical injuries.
When the emergency response crews reached the area, they pronounced one of the 17-year-olds dead at the scene. The other 17-year-old as well as the 20-year-old driver of the car were alive but severely injured. Both were transported from the scene to nearby hospitals.
No one within the Ford van was injured as a result of the crash. Numerous charges are currently pending against the 20-year-old driver of the Kia.
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.