Monthly Archives: April 2011

What Is the Law on Following Too Closely in Florida? Automobile Accidents and Personal Injuries

Pursuant to Florida Statute sec. 316.0895, the driver of an automobile shall not follow another automobile more closely than is reasonable and prudent. The driver shall taken into consideration the speech of the vehicles, the amount of traffic and condition of the highway. Those persons driving trucks, trucks drawing another vehicle, or a vehicle towing another vehicle or trailer shall not follow within 300 feet of the same while traveling upon a roadway outside of a business or residential district. Those vehicles traveling in a caravan or motorcade outside a business or residential district, whether or not towing another vehicle, … Continue reading

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What is the Law on Stopping for a School Bus in Florida?

A person driving an automobile within the State of Florida must bring the vehicle to a complete stop when approaching a school bus that is also stopped and is displaying its stop signal. Drivers are also prohibited from passing the bus until the stop signal has been withdrawn. Drivers are not required to stop when traveling in the opposite direction of a stopped school bus so long as automobile and bus are separated with an unpaved space of at least 5 feet, a raised median or a physical barrier. To read the Florida Statute requiring drivers to stop upon approaching … Continue reading

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JSO (Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office) Deputy Injured in 3 Vehicle Automobile Accident on Beaver Street

A recent 3-car wreck on West Beaver Street in Jacksonville, Florida, caused personal injuries to multiple victims. The worst of the nine victims was Officer Terry A. Thiem, 45, a 6-year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Thiem’s patrol car collided with two other vehicles while he was responding to a burglary call around 7:15 a.m. Thiem was traveling westbound on Beaver Street when 30-year-old Katrina Bobbitt attempted to turn left onto the road from Line Street. Bobbitt’s Pontiac Grand Prix struck the side of Thiem’s patrol car. The impact caused the patrol car to spin counterclockwise and into the … Continue reading

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Pick Up Truck Rollover Crash Near Lee – Collier County Line Leads to Two Deaths and Personal Injuries

Six people were involved in a car accident near Six L’s Farm Road near the Lee-Collier County line, 2 were killed and 4 sustained personal injuries. The crash occurred near midnight. 43-year-old Randall Landry was identified as the driver of the pickup. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Landry, a Naples resident, turned right into an unpaved loading dock then steered hard to the left. When Landry attempted to do a donut in the open lot the truck rotated and began to rollover. Landry was ejected and another passenger, identified as Jose Antonia Castillo, was partially ejected. The picked landed … Continue reading

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Clearwater Beach – Gainesville Doctor Dies After Near Drowning Incident at Beach

In Clearwater Beach, Florida, it was reported that a Gainesville Radiologist (George Wladyka) went alone for a swim and was later found unresponsive by another swimmer / beach goer. Dr. Wladyka practiced at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida. An autopsy will be performed to determine if the cause of death was drowning related, as the result of a medical condition, and / or a combination of both. It is a sad loss for the family and community. See Gainesville Doctor Dies After Near Drowning Incident at Clearwater Beach, Florida. It is not clear from the story above … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Ride on Easter Sunday in Jacksonville Leads to Death of Biker (Kenneth Ruiter)

While Easter brings with it Church, Easter Egg Hunts, and Easter Dinner, in 2011, it also brought to Jacksonville, Florida the unfortunately and untimely death of Kenneth Ruiter. it was reported by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office that Mr. Ruiter lost control of the motorcycle and then the front wheel locked up. As a result, Mr. Ruiter was thrown off of the motorcycle. The motorcycle accident took place at Aquatic Drive and Atlantic Boulevard in a shopping center parking lot. Kenneth Ruiter was a well liked man who some described as an amicable big guy. See Easter Morning Motorcycle Crash Kills … Continue reading

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Riding a Bicycle While Under the Influence of Alcohol Can Be Dangerous Too – Risks of Biking Under the Influence

A Jacksonville, Florida, bicyclist was recently sent to Shands Jacksonville in stable condition after he was struck by a vehicle on Philips Highway. According to police, the bicyclist appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. The bicyclist, a middle-aged man, was struck by a woman driving a Ford Expedition. The man was attempting to cross Philips Highway around 10:30 a.m. when he was struck. He apparently did not look or misjudged the oncoming traffic, stated Detective J.D. Gregory of the traffic homicide division. The SUV sustained damages to its windshield and right-front mirror. Gregory also stated the driver of … Continue reading

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Phillips Highway Accident Ends Life of Charles Biehler and Causes Serious Injuries to Susan Biehler – Truck Rear Ends Biehlers’ Vehicle

In Jacksonville, Florida, a rear end accident ended the life of Charles Biehler and caused serious personal injuries to Susan Biehler. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that a white pick up truck driven by Robert C. Charles rear ended the Honda CRV occupied by the Biehlers. FHP further noted that Mr. Charles was driving erratically at a high rate of speed. The accident took place near Baymeadows Road at approximately 11:00 a.m. See Update: Troopers Release New Details About Fatal Philips Highway Crash. Both Phillips Highway and Baymeadows Road are major roadways in Florida. Traffic and back ups are common … Continue reading

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Yvonne Roberts (Mother of Three and Pre-Med Student) Dies in Motorcycle Accident – Hit and Run Accident with Consequences

In Jacksonville, Florida, a mother of three and a pre-med student (Yvonne Roberts) died in a motorcycle accident that took place last week. Yvonne was riding the motorcycle on Lem Turner Road in the area near Trout River Boulevard on the Northside of town in Jacksonville, Florida. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, another driver (Latoysha Blankenship) turned her vehicle off Bayview Avenue and caused Yvonne Roberts to crash into the side of the vehicle. Yvonne Roberts suffered serious personal injuries as a result of this automobile / motorcycle accident. In particular, Yvonne Roberts suffered fractures to the pelvis, face, … Continue reading

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Pedestrian (Jason Kneer) of Washington, Pennsylvania Suffers Serious Personal Injuries Crossing Universal Boulevard

Jason Kneer, a 28-year-old man from Washington, Pennsylvania, was critically injured after he was struck by a car while crossing Universal Boulevard in Orlando, Florida. Kneer was crossing the street near the intersection of Universal Boulevard and Major Boulevard, located near Universal Studios theme park. He was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition. The driver of the automobile, a Chrysler Sedan, was identified as 25-year-old Melinda Gonzales. There is a sidewalk that extends across the thoroughfare to an area of hotels and restaurants. Officials were unable to say where Kneer was headed or … Continue reading

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