Head-On Marion County Crash Results in Fatality
Towards the beginning of April, a head-on collision took place within Marion County that resulted in a single fatality as well as an ongoing investigation on the part of the Florida Highway Patrol. The reports from this law enforcement agency stated that the incident happened sometime during Saturday, April 4th. At this time, a 59-year-old woman was behind the wheel of a vehicle and traveling down the western lanes of Country Road 318.
It is believed that the woman was alone in the vehicle, and the reports did not offer any sort of clue as to what might have happened to cause her to become either distracted or otherwise incapable of driving her car in a safe manner. It is possible that the 59-year-old suffered from a medical emergency, and it is also possible that they were using a cellphone shortly before the accident. Other possibilities include a mechanical malfunction with the car or some sort of obstacle within the road itself that caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Regardless of the reasons, we do know that it was while still traveling down County Road 318 that the woman lost control of the car.
The first thing to happen was that she crossed the center dividing line between the western and eastern lanes. It is not known how long she was traveling the wrong way down the eastern lanes of the road, and it is possible that it was only a moment, that she would have corrected her course in the following second. As it happened, another vehicle was also traveling in the eastern lanes. This second vehicle was traveling the correct way, meaning that the two cars were headed towards one another head-on.
The crash was violent and inflicted severe damage on both vehicles. While the driver of the eastern-bound car seemingly escaped the incident without any injuries, the 59-year-old was very badly injured in the accident. When emergency response crews rushed to the area they quickly realized the 59-year-old was in dire condition. She was rushed from the scene of the crash to a nearby hospital, and it was sometime after arriving at the medical center that she was declared dead.
An investigation into the crash remains underway.
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.