Last Thursday, the 27-year-old William Ward, a resident of Ocala, was driving his motorcycle southbound down U.S. Highway 441 in Leesburg at about 7:45am when he came upon a stopped school bus that was loading children. Ward, who family and friends remember as always being a careful driver, stopped behind the bus, obeying the signs and the law. As he was waiting for the bus to continue, a pickup truck, driven by the 17-year-old Laurel Mako, came up to the line of stopped vehicles. Mako, who was driving a 2003 Chevy pickup truck, did not stop. It is not known exactly why, but Mako continued to drive forwards, ignoring the vehicles in front of him, until he collided with the back of Ward’s motorcycle, destroying the bike and throwing Ward violently through the air.
A 45 year old female resident of Naples, Florida was killed this week in a car accident involving a dump truck. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the drum truck was driving in the center lane of Collier Boulevard. As it approached a red light at the intersection of Veronawalk Boulevard, the driver failed to stop. The 45 year old female was driving westbound on Veronawalk and making a left turn on green when the front of the dump truck crashed into the left side of her Hyundai.
Early on Wednesday morning, a male bicyclist was riding his bike near the intersection of Orange Blossom Trail and Taft Vineland Road when he was hit by a semi truck. The truck, which was being driven by an as-of-yet unnamed 37-year-old man from Orlando, was in the process of pulling out of a gas station located near the intersection when the cyclist approached. Apparently, he either did not see the cyclist or was unable to stop in time because the truck subsequently ran the cyclist over.
The young man who was with his 51-year-old father on the night of Tuesday, January 1st, when their ATV was struck by a pickup truck has died, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers said 17-year-old Kameron Clark and his father Thomas Clark were on a Honda four-wheeler that was stopped on the road south of Watkins Road just before 9 p.m. due to a previous minor accident they were involved in, when they were struck by a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.
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.
In what could be considered a freak accident, a 27-year-old Apopka man was killed by his own truck in a runaway vehicle accident in Lake County on October 14th, 2015. The man, Donovan Thorney, was working as a tree trimmer when his vehicle rolled backward and ended up pinning him between the back of the truck and a nearby power pole.
It’s every homeowner’s fear: unexpectedly, your house suffers significant damage due to a terrible accident. Around 6:25 p.m. on Sunday, October 18th, a truck crashed into the side of a woman’s St. Augustine home. The home, located at 27 Ocean Way, sustained minor structural damage as a result.
Twenty-one-year-old Joel Moore was walking westbound across Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando when he was hit by a landscaping truck. According to witnesses, Moore was crossing the street around 9am Thursday morning when he stopped to speak with someone in a vehicle waiting for the traffic light. When he continued to finish crossing the street he was struck by driver Rafael Martinez. Martinez claims to have had a green light. Police are still determining the details of what happened. The pedestrian was rushed to the Orlando Regional Medical Center where he later passed away.
One day in early April, a 34-year-old father of four was driving to the airport, about to take a trip from Orlando to Dallas for work, when he was T-boned by a pickup truck. He was trapped inside the vehicle and eventually extricated and taken to the hospital, where he was treated for critical injuries including a collapsed lung, broken ribs, a fractured pelvis, and internal injuries. This accident left his family shattered, and his future uncertain.
On Wednesday morning, February 18, 2015, traffic was delayed for several hours on Interstate 4 in Orange County, due to vehicle crash that happened the night before. Late Tuesday just before midnight, a semi-truck was in a single-vehicle wreck that occurred by the Par Street exit ramp on the heavily traveled I-4 near Winter Park, Florida.