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Two-Vehicle Crash in Jacksonville Leaves One Dead after Motorist Runs Red Light

Posted on October 31, 2011

A blood-alcohol test will be conducted on the 26-year-old female driver of a Ford Explorer who allegedly ran a red light and collided into a vehicle driven by a 26-year-old woman, killing her at the scene. The accident victim, who was driving a Mercury Marquis, was turning onto Philips Highway in Jacksonville on a green light to travel south around 2 a.m. on Sunday, October 30, when the SUV reportedly slammed into the car’s passenger side, reports the Florida Times-Union. The accident victim’s passenger was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center in critical condition. The woman who allegedly ran the red light in the SUV was also hospitalized. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) says she suffered serious injuries. Charges could be forthcoming, according to News4Jax.com.

The newspaper reports everyone involved in this tragic crash was wearing a seat belt. Our condolences are extended to everyone involved in this preventable auto crash.

Florida Traffic Crash Statistics

Unfortunately, the number of crashes that occur every day in Florida did not decrease substantially from 2009 to 2010. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), there were 645 crashes a day in our state in 2010 compared to 646 the previous year. Fatalities did decrease by 4.64%, from 2,444 to 2,563 fatalities. What’s interesting from the state statistics is that alcohol-related fatalities, as recorded by state troopers, declined 20.92% from 2009; the total number of fatal crashes was 794 in 2010.

In the case of an auto accident, the officer at the scene will cite whoever he feels is at-fault. Farah & Farah’s car crash investigators can also determine the at-fault party who will be responsible for serious bodily injury or the fatality. The Jacksonville car accident injury lawyers of Farah & Farah will protect your rights in an accident case when there are questions involving exactly what happened.

Source: http://www.news4jax.com/news/1-killed-2-hurt-in-Philips-Highway-crash/-/475880/4031780/-/bqgkrd/-/index.html; http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2011-10-30/story/jacksonville-woman-killed-crash-red-light-runner?cid=hp-justin