University of Tampa Student Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash in Brooksville

Posted on March 8, 2011

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 19-year-old University of Tampa student died Saturday night, March 5, in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 in Brooksville, reports The teen was just one of five passengers driving northbound 2009 Dodge Caliber around 10:15 p.m. when, for some unknown reason, the 19-year-old male driver left the highway and drove onto the grassy shoulder. The vehicle rolled several times and the 19-year-old female student was thrown from the car. She was not wearing a seat belt. Four other passengers suffered minor injuries and were taken to Hernando Regional Medical Center where they were treated and released. The driver and the other passengers were wearing seat belts.

Our condolences are extended to the friends and family of this young woman for her tragic passing.

If I was a family member of this student I would want to know if a blood-alcohol test was taken at the scene or soon after. I would also want the statements of each and every person in the vehicle to try and piece together what happened. People do not just drive off the road for no reason. It would be tragic if this young woman’s death was not thoroughly investigated to determine the at-fault party.

In any type of serious accident, but especially one involving a wrongful death, all parties would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Florida auto accident attorney. The family members of the accident victim could be awarded compensation if it is determined that the driver was negligent and failed to act as a responsible driver would, in other words, was at-fault.

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