Two Dead After Wrong-Way Crash Near Tampa
A pickup truck traveling the wrong way down a Ybor City one-way street caused a fatal crash on Friday, August 23rd, that police from the Tampa Police Department are continuing to investigate. According to the early reports, the incident happened sometime during Friday night, although it is not clear if there were witnesses to the incident who called 9-1-1 immediately after the crash took place or if the emergency responders found out about the crash some lengthier time after the accident itself.
Shortly before the crash, a 47-year-old was behind the wheel of a pickup truck and driving it southbound down North 15th Street. North 15th Street is, as stated above, a one-way street, with its single direction for traffic being north. It is not known if the 47-year-old behind the wheel of the truck was aware of the one-way street or if they were ignoring the posted signs for reasons that are not entirely clear. At the time of this writing, it is not known if any blood tests have been taken from the 47-year-old in order to determine sobriety at the time of the accident. It is also not known if they were traveling at an excessive rate of speed in the moments leading up to the crash.
While traveling the wrong way down North 15th Street, the driver of the pickup truck lost control of their vehicle, causing the truck to begin crashing into cars that were parked along the roadway. Unable to regain control of the vehicle, the driver was helpless as they reached the intersection between North 15th Street and 21st Avenue. As it reached the intersection, the pickup truck began to roll onto its side, and it was in this manner that it entered the juncture of the two streets.
At this same time, a Cadillac was attempting to make a turn off of 21st Avenue and onto North 15th Street. It is believed that the driver of this Cadillac was obeying all posted signs.
The pickup truck and the Cadillac collided with one another with a tremendous degree of force, resulting in both the driver of the pickup and his passenger, a 62-year-old individual, to suffer from severe injuries. When the Tampa Fire Rescue reached the scene, they cut the two individuals from the car in preparation for rushing them to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do for either person and both were pronounced dead at the scene.
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.