Car Accidents

Tampa Car Accident Report: Fatal Car and Cyclist Accidents, Spilled Fuel

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Multiple Tampa car accidents last week led to serious injuries and fatalities in the metro area. The trouble started before 5:00 a.m. on this first day of the workweek. An SUV and dump truck were tangled in a serious crash around 4:45 a.m. that blocked northbound lanes on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge for several hours. Medical helicopters arrived, landed on the road and safely removed the injured for transportation to a local hospital. The crash is known to have been fatal. This medical intervention was the main cause for the road closure but the Sunshine Skyway was reopened and fully clear of delays by 7:15 a.m. At 6:40 a.m., however, the news came in on another Tampa car accident. A bicyclist had been hit on eastbound SR-54 right beneath the Suncoast Parkway. This accident caused serious traffic delays and commuter congestion. At times, both eastbound and westbound lanes were closed to traffic as the scene of the accident was investigated. Sadly, the bicyclist who was traveling on the Suncoast Bike Trail was killed by a rock hauling truck. Then, just before 9:30 a.m. when the Tampa police department reported a truck had attempted a U-turn and busted his fuel tank. This was the the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and two lanes of westbound traffic was completely halted so the fuel could be safely cleaned off the roadway. Police investigations are currently investigating the fatal accidents. Sources: https://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/traffic/traffic_news/traffic-crash-closes-sunshine-skyway-bridge

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New Study Reveals Distracted Pedestrians Pose Serious Personal Injury Risk

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With more people than ever tuning into mobile devices and tuning out of the world around them, an increasing number of distracted pedestrians are being found at fault in Tampa car accidents. In many cases, these pedestrians were struck while wearing headphones after drivers attempted to alert them with their vehicle’s horn before the collision. According to a study released by the University of Maryland, the number of pedestrians who have been seriously injured in a vehicular accident while wearing headphones has seen a three fold increase in the last six years. Approximately 70 percent of these cases have resulted in the death of the pedestrian. My Fox Tampa Bay recently covered a story in which a local pedestrian was seriously injured on Florida Avenue in Tampa, Florida in just this manner. The man was wearing headphones when he stepped into the street and was struck by a driver that detectives believe did not have enough time to react. The University of Maryland reports that roughly two thirds of the pedestrians included in the headphone accident study were males under the age of 30. The results of this study were recently published in the journal Injury Prevention.

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New Legislation Would Create Stiffer Penalties for Fleeing Tampa Car Accidents

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Drivers who are involved in a Tampa car accident have a legal responsibility to remain at the scene until they have ensured that no one has been injured. Unfortunately, many drivers choose to leave the scene of an accident in order to avoid possible criminal or civil liabilities. A new bill introduced by state Senator Mike Fasano (R, New Port Richey) would create tougher penalties for leaving the scene of a Florida car accident. If the bill is passed, individuals who are found guilty of leaving the scene of vehicle crashes resulting in injury would be convicted of a second degree felony instead of a third degree felony. This would have the effect of increasing the severity of the punishments applicable to a conviction. Fasano explained to Fox 13 that he was moved to introduce this legislation by a story that was recently covered by the news agency. In January 2009, hit-and-run driver Louisa Jaar was involved in Pinellas Park car accident resulting in the injury of teenagers Jessica Mathews and Brandon Gaby. Jaar was operating a Corvette on 102nd Avenue N when she collided with the pair riding a scooter. Fluid leaking from the car following the accident was traced by police to Jaar’s ex-boyfriend’s home. Officers proceeded to charge Jaar with both reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury. She was later convicted and sentenced to five years of probation under the condition that she return to jail for the weekends for one year. Fasano introduced Senate Bill 286 to increase the penalties for these types of crimes, including  many Tampa hit-and-run accidents. The bill was official introduced to the Florida Senate January 10, 2012. Sources: https://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/investigates/penalties-for-fleeing-accident-scenes-012612 https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/286

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Seffner Man Dies in Car Wreck

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Early Monday morning, August 15th, a Seffner man crashed his car on Fort King Boulevard in Tampa. According the police report, Elmer Houghie Monroe III, 49, was driving a 1986 Nissan pickup truck. When the truck failed to make a turn, it left the road and crashed into a large magnolia tree. Monroe died at the scene. Monroe was under house arrest at the time for previous charges for driving under the influence.

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Clearwater Teen Injured from St. Cloud Hit-and-Run

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St. Cloud police are investigation a hit-and-run that struck Monday, July 26th at around 8:30 p.m. The Clearwater teen was walking with a friend in a residential area near the intersection of 25th Street Southeast and 14 ½ Avenue Southeast in St. Cloud when she was hit by a Dodge pickup truck. The truck, which continued on without stopping, was described as a small, black Dodge single cab pickup truck with a white Dodge decal on the tailgate, loud exhaust, and a missing driver’s side mirror. The driver was described as a white male with a shaved head between 20-40 years of age. According to the police report, 15 year-old Rosalie Ann Post had substantial injuries. However, she has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

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Clearwater Family Devastated by I-4 Crash

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A Clearwater father and son died after their vehicle overturned on Interstate 4 Thursday, July 28th, 2011. Florida Highway Patrol reported Terry Lee Colston, 55, was driving his Ford Expedition eastbound on I-4 at about 1:30 p.m., just east of State Road 559 when the tread on his right rear tire began to separate. The Expedition spun off the south shoulder of the interstate and flipped over. All four passengers were taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where Terry later died. His son, Robert Colston, 11, sustained critical injuries and passed days after his father. Sarah Colston, 11, Jack Colston, 10, and Maxwell Watson, 10, were released from the hospital with minor injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, all of the passengers were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. However, the crash remains under investigation.

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