According to reports, the Florida Highway Patrol responded to a fatal motor vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 301 in Dade City on Dec. 30. Three people were killed as a result of the 11:53 a.m. accident, and the north lanes of the highway were closed for several hours following the crash.
The accident occurred at Davidson Court when an 86-year-old man, who was from East Windsor, Conn., in a Buick Enclave apparently went across the median from the south after losing control of his vehicle for unknown reasons. The Enclave then hit a Ford Explorer in the northbound lanes. The driver of the Ford was a 74-year-old Brooksville resident.
The driver of the Buick was killed on impact, and his passenger, a 74-year-old woman from Flint, Mich., was also pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Ford was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center in critical condition following the crash. His 72-year-old female passenger, also from Brooksville, succumbed to her injuries after being transported to Bayfront Health in Dade City.
While it is unclear why the Buick driver crossed the median in this instance, victims of roadway actions due to the negligence of another party may be entitled to restitution. If a driver caused a head-on collision similar to this one because of impairment due to drugs or alcohol or because of texting and driving, then the driver might be liable in civil court. The family of a victim may choose to file a wrongful death suit in order to receive compensation for emotional pain and suffering and for expenses such as funeral costs.
Source: WTSP, "3 killed in crash on Hwy 301 in Dade City", January 01, 2015