Argument Causes Crash on I-4 in Seminole County that Kills One
An argument inside a passenger vehicle caused a Florida car crash the night of Saturday, October 1 that left one man dead and the driver seriously injured along with two children. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the 33-year-old female driver was eastbound on Interstate 4 in her 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix and was arguing with a man in the passenger seat. Two children were sitting in the back. The woman, from Lake Wales, began driving erratically near Mile Marker 101 causing her to drive onto the grass shoulder and overcorrect. The car then rolled over onto its right side just before 8 p.m. The man was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the passenger seat. The FHP reports that he died at the scene. The driver was sent to Orlando Regional Medical Condition and was reported to be in critical condition. Two children, 8-year-old and 10-year-old boys, were taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children with serious injuries, their conditions are currently unknown.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is on a campaign to cut down on distracted driving, specifically due to texting and talking on cell phones. While these are known distractions, NHTSA reports there are three different types of distraction — taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off of what you’re doing. Dealing with strong emotions is one of the less obvious forms of distraction, but still considered a contributor to Florida distracted driving accidents.
It’s estimated about 20 percent of the 1,517,000 crashes that resulted in injuries in 2009 were the result of some form of distracted driving.