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=Alcohol, not fog, suspected in deadly Florida SUV crash

Although it was a little foggy on Interstate 4 in Lakeland around 5 a.m. on Feb. 25, a Florida Highway Patrol sergeant did not consider it the cause of the fatal accident that killed a 21-year-old Orlando man. Instead, the trooper speculated that the driver who stopped his 2007 Chevrolet SUV on the interstate without any apparent cause had been drinking.

The troopers at the accident scene reported that the westbound SUV had halted on the inside lane of I-4 close to State Road 33. The 2001 Honda Accord driving behind him did not see that the SUV had stopped and slammed into it. The drivers were not wearing seat belts, and the man behind the wheel of the Honda was pronounced dead at the accident site.

The surviving 30-year-old male driver of the SUV could face charges once the highway patrol completes its investigation. The accident report stated that he was from Kissimmee. The crash clean up closed the westbound side of the interstate for three hours.

In an accident similar to this one, it might be possible to show that driver negligence lead to the death of a loved one. A surviving family member might choose to consult with an attorney to explore the potential of a wrongful death lawsuit. If an accident investigation in situations like this reveal evidence that a driver failed in his or her duty to drive responsibly, then a lawsuit might recover damages for the family. An attorney might be able to aid in preparing the claim and dealing with insurance companies. Wrongful death claims typically seek compensation for funeral bills and lost income.

Source: The Tampa Tribune, "SUV stopped on I-4 leads to fatal crash in Lakeland," Feb. 25, 2015

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