Crash on U.S. 441 Ends Life of High Springs, Florida Firefighter (Chad Hood)

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A High Springs, Florida, firefighter was killed in a motorcycle-motor vehicle crash on U.S. 441 while he was headed to his 24-hour shift. The man was identified as 35-year-old Chad Hood of Gainesville, Florida. Hood is survived by his wife and 4-year-old son, among others. According to reports, Hood was en route to his 24-hour shift when his 1999 Suzuki motorcycle collided with a Volkswagen minivan a little after 6:30 a.m. The reports also state the collision occurred after the minivan pulled out of a Fast Track convenience store parking lot on U.S. 441. The collision between the motorcycle and the minivan caused the bike to burst into flames. The driver of the minivan, who’s name not released by authorities, was the only occupant inside the van. Hood was transported to Shands at the University of Florida where he was pronounced dead. He began working for the High Springs Fire Department in 2007. For more details please read High Springs, Florida, firefighter dies in crash on U.S. 441.
The death of this man is an absolute tragedy for his family and community. Florida drivers must always stay alert while at the wheel. When driving, Florida drivers must ensure nothing interferes with their ability to see the road, react to situations or operate the vehicle properly. For an extensive list and summaries of various Florida Traffic Laws please see the Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. website.

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