Monthly Archives: May 2011

Two Killed in Motorcycle Accident – Crash Between Motorcycle and Ford Vehicle

In Polk County, Florida, a fatal motorcycle accident was reported on North Chestnut Road near Ivey Lane. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the biker (Michael Mitts) was operating a 1992 Yamaha on North Chestnut when the motorcycle approached a Ford vehicle that was backing out of a drive way. Tragically, both the motorcycle operator (Michael Mitts) and his passenger (Laura Nalley) both of Lakeland, Florida died as a result of this motorcycle / automobile accident. Since deaths result from this Florida automobile / motorcycle accident, the Florida Highway Patrol will conduct a full investigation on this accident to … Continue reading

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Jacksonville, Florida – A Dangerous Place for Pedestrians

A recently released study has Jacksonville, Florida (Duval County) as the third most dangerous city in the United States for pedestrians. From 2000 through 2009, over 300 pedestrians were killed in the City of Jacksonville. The national study also has other Florida cities as danger zones for pedestrians including Orlando / Kissimmee, Tampa / St. Petersburg / and Clearwater, Miami / Fort Lauderdale. One of the factors that may have put Jacksonville on the list is the wide intersections that are located throughout the city like the one at University and Beach Boulevard. These heavily trafficked area make it a … Continue reading

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Death Results from I-10 Accident in Macclenny Florida – Robert Cruikshank (Age 94) Dies as a Result of Accident Related Injuries

In Macclenny, Florida (a town outside of Jacksonville, Florida), an automobile accident was reported by the Florida Highway Patrol. Robert Cruikshank (age 94) was driving a Mercury Marquis and heading West on I-10. Another vehicle driven by Sarin 55 of Jacksonville, Florida reportedly drifted on to the right shoulder and thereafter caused a head on collision with the vehicle driven by Cruikshank. Tragically, Cruikshank died as a result of this accident. Since there was a death that resulted from this Florida automobile accident, the Florida Highway Patrol will investigate the accident and issue a report determining the cause and preventability … Continue reading

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DUI Charges Filed against Inverness Florida Man – Passenger Dies of Accident Related Personal Injuries

If you drink and drive you increase the chance of being in a Florida automobile accident. Steven M. Dickson, 62, was charged with DUI manslaughter last Sunday for a Florida automobile accident that occurred off County Road 48 near Istachatta Road. Dickson was driving a Chevrolet SSR with a blood-alcohol level of 0.1555 according to news reports, which is nearly twice the legal limit. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Dickson swerved to avoid an animal in the road but lost control of the vehicle and it overturned. Both Steven and his passenger, Deborah A. Dickson, 62 were ejected from … Continue reading

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Motorcyclist Dies After Being Hit by Handcuffed Driver Fleeing a Traffic Arrest / Stop in Spring Hill, Florida

A motorcyclist, Henry F. McCain, 66, of Spring Hill, was killed while police were in pursuit of a fleeing driver. The incident started when Pasco County Deputy Ashley Grady pulled over Brittany Miles, 21, on U.S. 19 at Florestate Drive in Hudson for reckless driving. After Miles was handcuffed, she got back into her pickup truck and drove off. Grady attempted to stop Miles from leaving but was instead dragged through three lanes of traffic. Miles then proceeded to run a red light at County Line Road and U.S. 19 in Hernando County, and collided with McCain who was heading … Continue reading

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Woman and Child Die in Gainesville Florida (Waldo Road) Automobile Accident

Car accidents are unfortunately a large part of the driving experience in Florida. Just last week, a four car wreck in Gainesville killed a woman and child. The automobile accident occurred at the 8700 block of Waldo Road. Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant Patrick Riordan described the crash as involving multiple rear- type collisions, but the cause of the first collision is unknown. According to the FHP, two of the vehicles involved were trying to turn onto a nearby church property when the wreck occurred. The names of the two people who died, an 89-year- old woman and an 18 –month-old … Continue reading

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Fatal Accident Caused Death of Bicyclist (Tracey Kleinpell) – Closes Down Causeway

In Jacksonville, Florida, riding bicycles is a great way to enjoy a beautiful day, as well as a fun way to exercise. Under Florida law, the bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle, which means that bicyclists have the same rights to use the roadways as other vehicles. As such, bicyclists can be involved in vehicle collisions and face an increased risk of injury or death as a result. Sadly, Tracey Kleinpell, 46-year-old cyclist from Fort Myers was killed while riding her bike on the Sanibel Causeway. Tracey and her husband, Gordon Kleinpell, were riding their bikes along the causeway … Continue reading

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Dangers of North Florida Summer Heat – Don’t Leave Children, Elderly or Pets in Vehicle

Summer heat is now here in Florida including North Florida (Jacksonville, Orange Park, St. Augustine, and Fernandina Beach) in full force even though it is still only the month of May. It was recently reported that the Jacksonville Fire Rescue responded to a situation where a 1 year old child was left in a hot car outside of a local government building. The child was locked in a car with temperature outside exceeding 90 degrees. Fire fighters broke through the window to get the child out of the car. Some estimate that the temperature inside of a vehicle can be … Continue reading

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Hit and Run – Woman Hit in Motorized Wheelchair – Truck Flees the Scene of the Accident in Jacksonville (Westside) Florida

A young woman in a powered wheelchair was struck and killed by a white pickup truck Saturday at about 1:30 a.m. The accident took place on Lambing Road in Jacksonville, Florida. The woman, who was in her early 20s, was announced dead at the scene. Under Florida law, hit and run accidents can be a very serious crime with substantial penalties. Florida Statute 316.027 requires that a driver of any vehicle involved in a crash which results in the death of a person to immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the crash, or as close thereto as possible. … Continue reading

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Fatal Automobile Accident on U.S. 1 Near Nocatee Parkway Ends Life of Thoman Dantin

Thomas Dantin, 43, from Ponte Vedra, Florida, was killed Thursday morning in an automobile collision accident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, the crash occurred on U.S. 1 North near Nocatee Parkway. A woman who was driving northbound on U.S. 1 in a 2007 Toyota drifted into the median towards oncoming traffic. Dantin was headed southbound on U.S. 1 in his Chevrolet pickup truck when the Toyota crossed his lane. He tried to swerve to the right and avoid the oncoming car, but the Toyota struck the front left fender and the driver’s side door. Dantin was airlifted as … Continue reading

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