A head-on collision on Florida State Road 60 between two Ford F250s early on the morning of Dec. 20 in Hillsborough County left one driver dead and the other critically injured. The Florida Highway Patrol announced that the eastward lanes of State Road 60 were closed for the remainder of the morning as a result of the accident.
Shortly before 4:30 a.m., a 28-year-old Lithia man was driving east through Plant City along SR 60 in his 2005 Ford F250. At the intersection between SR 60 and Cable Road, he was met by an oncoming 2014 Ford F250, which was being driven by a Brandon man 52 years of age. Reports indicate that the 52-year-old was driving in the wrong direction when the two trucks collided head-on.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 52-year-old driver was declared dead at the crash scene. The 28-year-old driver suffered critical injuries, and emergency responders airlifted him to Tampa General Hospital to be treated. His current condition is unknown.
The family of an individual who has died in a car accident may wish to speak with a lawyer to discuss their legal options. A lawyer could help a spouse, parent or child of a deceased individual file a wrongful death claim. In certain situations, a claim could name the estate of the at-fault driver as a defendant. This might be the case if the liable party died in the wreck. If successful, a wrongful death claim may compensate the family for funeral expenses, loss of future economic support and loss of companionship.
Source: WFTS, "Drivers identified in wrong-way crash on State Road 60 in Plant City", December 22, 2014