A 77-year-old Oviedo woman was fatally injured recently in a bicycle accident near Winter Springs. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the woman was struck by a van while crossing Tuskawilla Road at Willa Springs Drive. Troopers report that the victim was struck around 11:30 a.m. and died from her injuries at the scene of the accident. The driver of the van and her three passengers were uninjured in the accident. Troopers have not yet determined whether or not they will press charges against the driver.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers investigating a fatal head-on collision between a motorcycle and a car say that the motorcyclist was talking on his cell phone when he lost control on a curve and struck the car. The accident occurred very early in the morning on Jan. 9, on Chase Road near Jack Nicklaus Parkway in Orange County. Troopers report that the victim, a 40-year-old Winter Garden man, was ejected from his Honda motorcycle by the collision and was pronounced dead from his injuries at the scene of the accident.
Orlando auto accident lawyer James O. Cunningham is urging all drivers to slow down and make sure to allow plenty of space between vehicles when driving. He was reminded of the importance of people adjusting their driving habits to weather conditions and allowing adequate space between vehicles after a recent massive collision on Interstate 75 in Sarasota County. The accident occurred on I-75 near mile marker 213 during a fierce downpour and sent more than 50 people to nearby hospitals and closed the interstate for more than six hours. The crash involved at least 47 cars in at least 12 separate crashes at the site.
A recent three-car auto accident on US-17 in Volusia County killed one man and sent another to a local hospital with serious injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol’s (FHP) investigation into the accident is still ongoing, but troopers expect to press charges against at least one of the drivers involved in the crash. Troopers say that a 33-year-old Pierson man was driving his 1995 Toyota Camry northbound on US-17 when he slowed to make a left turn. He was followed by a 41-year-old man, also from Pierson, who was driving a 2003 GMC. Troopers say that the driver of the GMC failed to slow down or stop his vehicle as the Camry slowed to make his turn and collided with the Camry.
A Georgia woman was killed and her husband injured when they were struck by a pickup truck while crossing the street to have dinner at a nearby restaurant in Daytona Beach Shores. The investigation into the fatal pedestrian accident is still underway, but police say that the 67-year-old victim and her 62-year-old husband were a Woodstock, Georgia, couple vacationing in the area. Police say the couple was crossing Atlantic Avenue around 12:10 p.m. when they were struck by a Ford ranger driven by a 64-year-old Daytona Beach Shores man.
A Florida retiree has had enough of distracted drivers who text while driving their vehicles at 70 mph and more on Interstate 95.
“I think that a law should be passed that it is a major offense for any phone or texting to be done while driving,” said the man who does not believe motorists should so much as munch a sandwich behind the wheel.
Driving while distracted is a growing problem in Florida and throughout the rest of the country as some drivers answer cell phones and text messages instead of concentrating on driving their vehicles safely. The Obama administration recently banned federal employees from texting and driving. Members of Congress have said that law enforcement officials and the American public must team up to discourage distracted driving for everyone’s safety.