Distracted Driver Convicted in Fatal Hernando County Car Crash
After nearly a decade of dealing with constant court delays, COVID lockdowns, and fighting for sweeping statewide legislation, the surviving relatives of the Scherer family can hopefully find peace as the suspect responsible for the death of their loved one was finally found guilty this week.
According to case reports dating back to the initial incident on September 15, 2016, Gregory Andriotis was driving at a high rate of speed down Interstate 75 while simultaneously using several cell phone apps. As he approached the area outside Brooksville, Andriotis failed to slow down for a group of cars that had stopped for a traffic jam on the interstate and he rear-ended a Mazda SUV carrying the Scherer family.
This accident caused a chain-reaction collision with several other vehicles along I-75 and the Sherer family’s SUV was crushed. Nine-year-old Logan Scherer was immediately killed. His parents, Brooke and Jordan Scherer, and younger sister sustained severe injuries.
Despite frustrating delays and a two-year investigation by local authorities, Gregory Andriotis was eventually taken into custody and charged with one count of vehicular homicide and three counts of reckless driving.
Determined to preserve their son’s memory, Brooke and Jordan Scherer fought diligently to introduce updated cell phone/texting laws in the state of Florida and succeeded in 2019. Their unwavering efforts also led to the creation of the Living for Logan Foundation, a non-profit organization focusing on distracted driving awareness.
Gregory Andriotis was convicted in April by a Hernando County six-member jury and faces up to thirty years in jail. He will be sentenced later this month.
“We started out with this five years ago because we wanted to prevent families from ever having to go through what we’ve been through, and we didn’t know that we were ever going to be able to make something big out of it, but today it happened,” said Logan’s mother after receiving news of the verdict.
Since 1977, Florida wrongful death lawyer James O. Cunningham has compassionately represented families who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another driver on the roadway. To schedule a free 30-minute case evaluation, please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY.
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.