Woman Killed, Eight Children Injured In Ormond Beach SUV Accident
After a crash occurred in Ormond Beach, Florida, authorities initially believed that a child had died, but it was later discovered that all of the children had lived. It was actually the driver of the vehicle who passed away.
The crash occurred on June 1 around 2 p.m. According to police reports, a 1997 Ford Expedition was driving eastbound along State Road 40 and Cone Road in Ormond Beach. The vehicle was driven by 39-year-old Rosemary Davila, of Ocala, Florida. It appears that the right rear tire separated from the vehicle, causing it to swerve into the center medium and rollover several times. The vehicle came to rest upside down in westbound lane.
Davila was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle was full of children and a total of eight were reportedly injured in the accident. Most were thrown from the vehicle. Only a small baby was wearing a seatbelt. Two other adults were also injured in the accident. The injuries ranged from life threatening to serious.
The accident shut down the road in both directions for several hours. Emergency responders treated the injured and medical helicopters flew the injured to Orlando Regional Medical Center and Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine, Florida. All of the occupants were from Ocala, Florida and ranged in age from 2 to 24.
Davila reportedly worked for a daycare facility, but it unclear from media reports if the children in the SUV were from the daycare.
Car ejections are one of the leading causes of injuries in an accident. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 44% of people who are not seat belted are ejected during an accident. As well, 57% of people who die in an automobile accident were ejected from the vehicle. That is particularly true of SUVs, given their high rollover rate. 65% of fatally injured people in an SUV were unrestrained and ejected. That means it is extremely important to wear a seat, but obviously the SUV involved in the accident did not have enough seatbelts for the number of occupants.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Orlando automobile accident, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. immediately at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.
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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.