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Pickup driver dies in box truck accident

One person is dead after a two-vehicle crash in Florida's Okaloosa County that also left another driver critically injured on Dec. 11. The passengers in both vehicles were also injured in the accident.

According to police reports, the 35-year-old driver of a box truck was heading south on State Road 123 at about 4:30 p.m. when he crossed over into oncoming traffic and hit a Ford F-150 head on near Valparaiso. The crash killed the driver of the pickup, a 75-year-old Alabama resident. A 69-year-old female passenger in his vehicle suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. According to authorities, she was listed as being in stable condition on Dec. 12.

The box truck driver, a resident of Panama City, was in critical condition and helicoptered to a hospital in Pensacola. A second man who was a passenger in the Isuzu sustained minor injuries. According to a state police representative, two dogs in one vehicle also died as a result of the accident. SR 123 was closed while the roadway was cleared. There was no report of charges against the box truck driver as of yet.

A driver has a responsibility to obey the rules of the road and remain in the proper lane. A distracted driver may cross over into oncoming traffic, and this negligent behavior may result in the death of another motorist. When this occurs, the individual's family may suffer serious financial distress due to funeral expenses and lost support the individual may have provided to the household.

Consulting with an attorney may be beneficial for the family if they are considering filing a wrongful death suit against the negligent driver. The attorney may evaluate the accident using police and accident reports to determine fault.

Source: Panama City News Herald, "Panama City man in critical condition after wreck", Tom McLaughlin, December 12, 2014

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