Porsche Driver Crashes into Flagler County Construction Worker
A 76-year-old driver was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon late last week after he allegedly struck a construction worker with his vehicle, according to preliminary reports from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
Statements from the victim himself and nearby bystanders indicate that it was close to 1:30 p.m. when a man from a private construction company was directing traffic as a flagger along a stretch of Camino Del Mar Parkway that is currently being repaired. The particular area where the hit-and-run collision occurred only allows for one lane of vehicles to proceed at a time, while the cars from the opposite direction typically wait their turn. This was not the case for 76-year-old Donald Steimle, who was behind the wheel of a black Porsche Cayenne and decided to drive into the path of oncoming traffic before he was safely signaled to do so.
In order to prevent a head-on crash with an SUV, the construction worker stepped in front of the Porsche Cayenne. The 76-year-old driver became visibly upset and started to scream at the worker while revving the engine of his sports car. The Porsche lurched forward, struck the legs of the flagger, and fled the scene. Thankfully, the construction worker was not severely injured and impressively had the wherewithal to snap a picture of Steimle’s license plate after the collision took place.
After about an hour and a half, officers with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office located Donald Steimle at his place of residence in Ocala. He initially denied any involvement in the incident, however, when he was presented with corroborating evidence, he altered his statement. “The confusion is the car could have lunged a little bit,” he said.
Deputies with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office arrested Donald Steimle for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was taken to a local jail and was released a short time later after posting a $2,500 bond.
Since 1977, Flagler County personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham has been representing victims who have been injured during hit-and-run collisions, pedestrian accidents, wrong-way crashes, and side-impact collisions. Contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY to schedule a free 30-minute case evaluation.
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.