Head-On Car Accident on Interstate 10 Kills Elderly Driver

Posted on June 1, 2011

A 94-year-old man was killed Friday afternoon, May 27, when someone drove across the median on Interstate 10 and slammed into his vehicle in Macclenny, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). Channel 4 reports the elderly driver was traveling eastbound when a westbound car crossed the median and slammed into him at State Road 228 around 2 p.m. While the elderly man from Melbourne Beach died at the scene, his younger passenger with the same last name from Macclenny, was in serious condition and airlifted to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. The driver who lost control, a 55-year-old woman from Jacksonville, suffered minor injuries and is facing charges for the fatal Florida head-on car crash. Channel 4 reports everyone involved in this crash was wearing their seat belts.

Our condolences are extended to the family members and friends of the two individuals in the car that was hit. Let’s pray for the recovery of the seriously injured man.

No doubt, the FHP will investigate what the woman was doing before she crossed the median into oncoming traffic. Oftentimes, accidents such as these are found to have been caused by distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) driver distraction increased from 10 percent to 16 percent from 2005 to 2009 while at the same time traffic fatalities fell. Florida again failed during the 2011 session of the Legislature to enact any sort of restricted on distracted driving, cell phone or texting use while behind the wheel. This makes Florida one of the few states left to enact any sort of prohibition on distracted driving.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident that involved a distracted or otherwise negligent driver, the Jacksonville car accident attorneys at Farah & Farah is ready to launch an investigation into the cause of your accident to enable us to hold the responsible party liable for the costs associated with your collision or wrongful death.

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