Sumter County Tractor-Trailer Crash Kills Young Spring Hill Resident
Preliminary collision reports from deputies with the Florida Highway Patrol operating within Sumter County indicate that one person was killed and another suffered life-threatening injuries after a tractor-trailer crashed into their disabled vehicle along Interstate 75 on August 14, 2021.
According to responding officers with the Florida Highway Patrol, it was shortly before midnight this past Saturday when a 23-year-old female driver and her 22-year-old male passenger, both from Spring Hill, were travelling in the southbound direction of I-75 near mile marker 324 in a Toyota Camry. As they approached the vicinity of County Road 514, the driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a guardrail. This impact from this first collision caused the vehicle to spin out-of-control across the interstate before coming to a rest in the outside lane facing the opposite direction.
After the Toyota Camry finally stopped, the male and female in the vehicle stepped out of the car to assess the damage and presumably call for help. It was while they were standing on the side of the road that a 45-year-old driver in a tractor-trailer quickly came upon the crash site. Due to the sheer size of his vehicle, he was unable to avoid a collision and crashed into both of the car’s occupants as well as the broken-down Camry.
Local Sumter County emergency response teams were immediately dispatched and arrived at the fatal trucking accident within a matter of minutes to find that the 23-year-old female driver had already succumbed to the injuries she sustained in the collision. Her 22-year-old passenger was transported to a nearby hospital where he is being treated for severe injuries. No further updates have been given regarding his current condition. The driver of the tractor-trailer received treatment for minor injuries.
Although it is unlikely that FHP investigators in this case will file any charges against the survivors involved in this crash, a thorough routine investigation will be conducted as per department policy.
Since 1977, Sumter County auto accident attorney James O. Cunningham has been compassionately representing the families and victims of head-on collisions, hit-and-run accidents, rear-end collisions, and drunk driver accidents. For additional information, please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY to schedule an appointment for a free 30-minute case evaluation.
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.