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Driver causes deadly crash while trying to save squirrel

A fatal multi-vehicle accident that took place in Florida on March 31 reportedly stemmed from a driver's attempt to avoid hitting a squirrel. The accident involved a total of four cars and resulted in the death of a 68-year-old man from Texas. Three other people sustained minor injuries in the accident, and one of the injured people was treated at the hospital.

The Florida Highway Patrol said that a 38-year-old woman was traveling along the center lane of State Road 54 in the Trinity area when she stopped to avoid hitting a squirrel at about 10:40 a.m. Afterwards, an 18-year-old man who was driving behind her attempted to change lanes to avoid a collision. He struck the woman's vehicle as well as a Dodge van that was being driven by a 65-year-old man. The impact caused the Dodge van to cross over the median and hit a 2008 Toyota pickup truck head-on.

Following the multi-car accident, the 68-year-old driver of the Toyota was transported to Bayonet Point Medical Center for treatment. He later succumbed to his injuries on April 5. Criminal charges are pending the results of an investigation.

When a driver's negligent actions lead to a car wreck, the driver may be held responsible for the injuries or deaths that occur as a result. The family of a deceased car accident victim may file a wrongful death claim against the driver at fault in order to seek monetary compensation for the loss of their loved one. Many families claim reimbursement for end-of-life medical care that was administered as well as compensation for the loss of companionship and earnings of the decedent.

Source: New Port Richey Patch, "Update: 1 Dead Following Crash Involving Squirrel," Sherri Lonon, April 7, 2015

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