Rear-End Collision Kills Two Women on U.S. 441 in Marion County
The Thanksgiving holiday took a tragic turn for the worse Wednesday morning as the families and friends of two female auto accident victims will now be grieving the loss of their loved ones instead of gathering in celebration this weekend.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 32-year-old Logan Weir from Boca Raton is facing two charges of DUI manslaughter for his alleged involvement in a deadly rear-end car crash that claimed the lives of two women on November 24, 2021, along U.S. 441 in Marion County. Preliminary reports from the responding troopers indicate that a van carrying 6 occupants was traveling the speed limit in the northbound direction of U.S. 441. As the van continued on its course down the highway, Logan Weir, who was driving a pickup truck, suddenly entered the vicinity of the van at a high rate of speed and violently crashed into the back of the vehicle. The impact of this collision was so forceful that it caused both vehicles to wildly spin out of control. Once the van reached the edge of the roadway, it flipped over multiple times and broke a rear piece of the van in half, throwing 4 people from the vehicle in the process. Two of these individuals, a 32-year-old and a 61-year-old, were killed instantaneously.
Several Marion County law enforcement agencies arrived at the scene of the fatal accident, including deputies with the Florida Highway Patrol. Emergency medical teams quickly assessed the dire situation and immediately transported the driver of the van and the remaining passengers to a local hospital. Two of these victims sustained minor injuries in the collision, however, a one-year-old and a 26-year-old were said to be in serious condition when they arrived at the medical facility.
After the 32-year-old driver of the pickup truck, Logan Weir, was treated for minor injuries, he was then placed under arrest by the Florida Highway Patrol. He was taken to the Marion County Jail and was charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of DUI with serious bodily injury to another, and three counts of DUI with damage to property. It is unclear at this time if he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the collision.
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.