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Columbia County Man Killed in Crash That Injured Baby

Posted on August 25, 2010

A man was killed in a Columbia County two-vehicle crash that injured two others Wednesday, August 18, according to News4Jax. The 55-year-old man, who has not been identified, was from Fort Lauderdale.

The man, who was driving a Jeep, was heading west on CR 240 around 10:35 a.m. when he drove into the intersection at Southwest Tustenuggee Avenue. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, he drove into the path of a Honda being driven northbound by Dennis T. Register, 24, of Lake City. The Honda struck the left side of the Jeep.

The Jeep ran off the road, then hit a fence and rolled over, ejecting the driver. He was not wearing a seat belt. The occupants of the Honda were all wearing their seat belts. Their vehicle hit a power pole.

Injured was a 10-month-old boy, Gavin Register, who was riding with Register and Krystal Wood, 20. They were all taken to Shands Hospital in Gainesville. The baby is reported to be in critical condition.

Intersection Statistics
According to the Federal Highway Administration, over 1.8 million crashes at intersections occur each year. Red-light running accounted for 206,000 intersection crashes in 2003 that resulted in 934 deaths.

In Florida, there were 42 crashes that occurred when one party ran a stop sign that resulted in 50 deaths, according to Department of Transportation Statistics from 2005.

Liability Issues
As of October 1, 2009, a new Florida law makes the basic driver improvement course a requirement for anyone who runs a stop sign. Florida Statute 316.123 says that every driver must stop at a clearly marked stop line.

If you have questions about a moving violation that involves running a stop sign, a Florida auto accident attorney will be able to answer your questions in a free consultation of your case.