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On Monday night, after the barbecues and the parades, many of us settled down to watch firework displays happening throughout our city. Many of us even decided to put on our own. In Campville, Darren Lotow, a 42-year-old from Hawthorn, was lighting his collection of festive explosives when one of them, described as a very large and similar to a mortar, went off prematurely. Deputies from Alachua County issued a report on the accident which stated that the police were first notified around 9:30 p.m. when a woman, who identified herself as Lotow’s wife, called 911 to report that she could not contact her husband. She said that he had recently been lighting fireworks off in the middle of a large pasture.
In an unfortunate car accident on the morning of Monday, February 8th, 2016, a teen driver was killed in his hometown of Ocoee. The accident occurred around 3:08 a.m. near Wesmere Parkway on Roberson Road, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash. It is uncertain whether there were any witnesses on the scene at the time the incident occurred.
Two people were killed on Tuesday, February 16th in what appears to be a freak accident in Palm Coast, Florida, where a man and woman were run over by a dump truck. It happened at a construction site on Forest Grove Driver and Palm Harbor Parkway where moments before the accident, the dump truck driver had stopped to help the victims.
In a tragic car accident in Poinciana, FL on Saturday, February 6th, 2016, three children were killed and seven people were injured. The accident occurred on Saturday evening when the driver of a 2001 Lincoln lost control of the vehicle and crashed head-on into a 2014 Jeep Patriot. Both vehicles were carrying five people each at the time of the crash.
A 17-year-old boy has died in Baker County, the result of an auto accident that occurred Monday night. The police department indicates that the boy was riding his bike after dark near the Lee and Baker Mobile Home Park on North Boulevard West. A 2001 Dodge Ram was traveling westbound on North Boulevard West when the bicycle appeared in the roadway heading southbound out of the mobile home park. The driver of the truck reported to authorities that he tried to swerve to avoid the boy on the bicycle, but could not in time, and struck the teenager in his side. The force of the collision launched the boy off of the bike and he came to rest on the pavement.
In a truly tragic accident on October 24th, 2015, a man out for a walk with his two young children was struck and pinned by an errant vehicle, killing him. Thankfully, the two children survived the incident completely unharmed.
Riding a bicycle can be dangerous in Florida. The state is the deadliest in the nation per capita. Florida has 5.7 bicycle deaths per million people, and averages 110 bicycle deaths a year. That is significantly higher than Louisiana, the second highest state, which averages 17 deaths per year.
In July of 2014, 45-year-old Elizabeth Braly was taking an evening walk with her son at Daytona Beach. She was joined by her daughter-in-law and another couple the family had met while on vacation from North Carolina. At the same time, 36-year-old Shawn Patrick Doolan was driving a 2002 Nissan Maxima on Dunlawton Boulevard.
Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death of teenagers. Each year more than 5,000 teenagers are killed in traffic-related accidents. They are inexperienced drivers and often drive at a high-rate of speed. In addition, teenagers have a lower rate of safety belts use than the rest of the driving public.
In late May, a 17-year-old girl and a 29-year-old man from Miami were killed when a tractor-trailer with construction materials on it pulled out onto the Interstate and the man’s car slammed into the truck. The crash caused concrete barriers to fall from the truck onto the car, killing both passengers. Authorities are investigating whether or not the barriers were properly secured.