Monthly Archives: February 2011

Tragic Motorcycle / Pick Up Truck Accident in Charlotte County Florida

A fatal motorcycle accident occurred in Charlotte County, Florida at Bermont Road near the Glades County line. The driver of a pickup truck was traveling eastbound on County Road 74 and into oncoming traffic, which caused two motorcyclists, who were traveling west bound on CR-74, to slam on their breaks in order to avoid a collision. The evasive action caused both motorcyclists to be ejected from their bikes. The driver of the pickup also took evasive action by traveling into the north shoulder. Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies confirmed the death of one of the motorcyclists, a 63-year-old Florida man. The … Continue reading

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Resources to Teach Your Teen to Drive with Due Care – Florida Highway Patrol

In Florida, a child can obtain a restricted driver’s license at the age 15 and an unrestricted driver’s license at the age of 16. Parents should educate themselves about the dos and the don’ts with teen driver. The Florida Highway Patrol has some helpful resources and information regarding teen driving on its website. There are pages for parents and pages for teens. Education and supervision are vital to safe teen driving. As noted on Florida Highway Patrol website and other websites, automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in Florida and other States. Approximately 20 % of … Continue reading

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Florida Laws Regarding Pedestrians and Traffic Regulations – Importance of Exercising Due Caution When Pedestrians Are Present

Florida law protects the safety of pedestrians by requiring every driver of a vehicle to exercise due caution when pedestrians are present. Pursuant to Florida Statute 16.130 – Pedestrians; traffic regulations, the driver of a vehicle that is at an intersection and has a traffic control signal, must stop before entering the crosswalk and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross a roadway while in the crosswalk. When traffic control signals are not in place or there is no signage indicating otherwise, the driver or a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, by either slowing down or stopping completely, to … Continue reading

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Pregnant Woman Suffers Personal Injuries in Putnam County Crash – Importance of Yielding the Right of Way in Florida

A pregnant woman of Palatka, Florida was hospitalized in serious condition after a van she was traveling in overturned in Putnam County Florida. The collision occurred at the intersection of State Roads 20 and 21. According to the report by the Florida Highway Patrol, a 75-year-old man of Orange Springs attempted to cross the southbound lanes of S.R. 20 from a stop sign at S.R. 21. Unfortunately, he drove into the path of an oncoming Ford minivan. In an attempt to avoid colliding with the truck, 63-year-old Diana Jenkins, driver of the minivan, made a sharp right turn. The front … Continue reading

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Motorcyclist Suffers Critical Injuries After Going into a Slide to Avoid Crash on Jammes Road in Jacksonville Florida

A motorcyclist was hospitalized in critical condition in Jacksonville, Florida, after a car pulled out from a side street causing the motorcyclist to fall into a slide. The motorcyclist, who is in his early forties, was traveling southbound on Jammes Road just before 5 p.m. when a vehicle began to pull out from Bartholf Avenue. The vehicle was able to stop before it was struck, but the motorcyclist leaned and put the motorcycle into a slide to avoid the collision. It was reported that the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and was transported to Shands Jacksonville after sustaining personal … Continue reading

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Daytona Beach, Florida – Pedestrians Injured While Standing in Median on Ridgewood Avenue – Dangers of Florida Roadways and Hit and Run Drivers

Daytona Beach Police are currently looking for a driver who struck three pedestrians and sped off, one victim was killed. Investigators say all pedestrians were standing in the median of Ridgewood Avenue a little before 5:00 p.m. As the victims were trying to cross they were struck by a white, four-door vehicle that investigators believe may be a Buick or Nissan. One victim died while being transported to the hospital, the other two victims sustained non-life-threatening personal injuries. The man who was killed has been identified as 33-year-old Frederick Lewis Cook of Daytona Beach. The other two pedestrians were identified … Continue reading

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Wrong Way Driving Leads to Head on Collision on Atlantic Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida

A head-on collision, described as “tragic,” occurred on Atlantic Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida. According to a Jacksonville police detective, the driver of a vehicle was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes near the Hart Bridge Expressway around 4 a.m. Detective Brian Blaquiere of the Sheriff’s Office stated the car continued down Atlantic Boulevard until in collided with another vehicle on a curve near the 5400 block. The head-on collision sent both drivers to the hospital; the driver traveling in the wrong lane is reported to be in critical condition and the condition of the second driver is unknown. The police … Continue reading

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Dangers of Caving – Two University of Florida Students Die While Caving in Georgia

Two students at the University of Florida were tragically killed while caving in the Crockford Pigeon Wildlife Management Area. Michael Pirie, 18, of Ocoee, Florida and Grant Lockenbach, 20, of DeLand, Florida were caving with eight other members of the University of Florida Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Lockenback descended 60 feet into the middle of snow-fed waterfall to retrieve a duffle bag that another friend had somehow dropped down the shaft. Somehow, Lockenbach’s rope got tangled in the icy water and he was unable to move up or down. After Lockenbach called for help, Pirie went down the cave to … Continue reading

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Brevard County – Florida – Wrong Way Automobile Accidents Causes Deaths of Two People

An explosive 2-car, head-on collision occurred on State Road 46 in North Brevard County, Florida. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 1997 Chevrolet SUV was driving eastbound in the westbound lane of S.R. 46 when it crashed head-on into a westbound 2004 Ford pickup. The impact caused both vehicles to overturn and the pickup caught fire. Both drivers were killed in the crash, which occurred around 2:40 a.m. Investigators say the driver of the SUV, a 51-year-old Oviedo man, was not wearing his seat belt. Troopers are trying to identify the other driver. For more see Fiery car crash … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Accident / Automobile Accident in Sarasota – Serious Personal Injuries Reported

Two motorcyclists sustained serious personal injuries after a biker allegedly ran a red light and was struck by a pickup truck in Sarasota, Florida. Ramon Perkins and Judith Carr, both residents of Rhode Island, were riding on their motorcycle when, according to witnesses, Perkins drove through a solid red light. Frank Prather, driver of the pickup, collided with the motorcycle as he was turning south onto Honore Avenue. Reports indicate Prather had a green arrow light. Carr, 43, was taken to Doctors Hospital and Perkins, 41, was transported to the Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Prather did not sustain any personal injuries. … Continue reading

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