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Tampa Middle School Teacher Killed in Multi-Vehicle Accident

Posted on October 18, 2010

Tampa students at Greco Middle School are mourning the death of their teacher, James Pope, 33, who was killed in a three-car accident on Highway 579 Monday morning, October 11, according to WTSP.com.

Pope was northbound in his Ford Fusion when a Buick, heading westbound on Pruett Road, ran a stop sign and hit the passenger side of Pope’s car. The Fusion then rotated from the force of the collision and hit a Ford F-150 pickup truck that was heading south on SR 57. While the drivers of the two other vehicles were unharmed, Pope died from his injuries sustained in the fatal Florida car accident.

Pope taught social studies and history and his students say he was a positive influence on their lives. Our condolences are extended to his family, friends, and his many students.

Intersection Statistics
Intersections are one of the most common areas for an auto accident to occur. According to the Federal Highway Administration, in 2009 there were 33,808 fatalities on our nation’s highways and roadways and of those, 20.8% or 7,043 occurred at intersections or near an intersection.

When there is an intersection, which brings together different crossing and entering movements by bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians, dangers are compounded when the motorist is speeding or fails to note the traffic signals.

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, the Florida car accident attorneys at Farah & Farah will be able to answer your questions in a free consultation on your case.