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

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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 a trauma alert, but sadly he died. The driver of the Toyota was also injured; the extent of her injuries is unknown. The accident report indicated that both drivers were wearing their seatbelt at the time of the collision.
Florida’s Safety Belt Law makes it unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle in the State of Florida unless the person is restrained by a safety belt. Each passenger under the age of 18 years must wear a seat belt at all times. Any passenger over the age of 18 years must also wear a seat belt if they are riding in the front seat of the vehicle. Florida Statute 316.614 outlines the requirements of safety belt usage. For more information on this topic, see Crash kills Ponte Vedra Beach man.
While it is the law and a safety measure to wear a seatbelt, the use of a seatbelt does not prevent all injuries or deaths in the State of Florida. Obeying speed limits, lane designation, and road signs can go a long way to prevent accidents from taking place.

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