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Couple killed on Florida interstate by out-of-control pickup

An accident in Florida on March 12 resulted in the death of two Missouri visitors when a pickup truck hit an SUV on Interstate 4 at mile marker 114 in DeLand. There is no information why the pickup lost control at the time of this report.

The accident occurred at around 9:25 p.m. when the pickup, heading west on I-4, lost control after the driver, a 44-year-old DeBary resident, made a rapidly executed lane change, according to witnesses. The vehicle then struck the center guardrail. This caused the pickup to become airborne, landing on the SUV that belonged to the Missouri couple.

The couple in the SUV, ages 66 and 69, was heading east on I-4 when the accident happened. The husband, who was driving, died at the accident site. His wife died later at the hospital. The driver of the pickup and his male passenger, 29, were taken the hospital. According to authorities, the driver had serious injuries. No description of the passenger's condition is known at this time.

According to reports, the couple was visiting Florida to escape frigid weather in Missouri. A family member said the SUV driver was cautious and was a retired truck driver. The occupants of the pickup, according to authorities, were not wearing seat belts.

As in this case, when a driver fails to obey the rules of the road, the death of other motorists may result, and the driver may incur criminal charges. In addition, the family of the deceased may seek to file a wrongful death suit against the negligent driver if he or she was at fault.

The family may wish to consult with an attorney concerning their options. The attorney may review police records and witness accounts and, if appropriate, offer guidance in filing a lawsuit.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Missouri couple killed after pickup crash lands on SUV on I-4," Tiffany Walden, March 13, 2015

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