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3-vehicle accident in St. Pete causes minor injuries, closed roads

In St. Petersburg, a 29-year-old man from Pennsylvania hit a stopped car with his Lexus and triggered a three-vehicle accident Wednesday on the Howard Frankland Bridge, according to Old Northeast Patch. Continue reading

Boat rolls over, operator dies

March 28, 2012 In Putnam County, Florida, there was a fatal airboat accident on Tuesday morning on the Rodman Reservoir, reports News 4 Jax. The 64-year-old operator of the vessel died in the accident. A 51-year-old man, who was visiting from New York, suffered minor injuries. He was taken to Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka. The two men had planned to go fishing. At about 8:30 a.m. after the men launched an airboat at the Orange Springs boat ramp, the accident occurred. After traveling about a half-mile into the reservoir, the airboat took a sharp right turn and rolled over. The men were thrown into the water. The New York man was wearing a life jacket and held on … Continue reading

Florida baseball pitcher involved in DUI crash

March 26, 2012 In jail today after last week’s DUI hit-and-run accident that left a motorcyclist hospitalized in critical condition, a Tampa Bay Rays minor-league pitcher faces multiple charges, reports Sporting News. Facing seven charges from the incident on Thursday, he remains in the Charlotte County Jail with his bail set at more than $1 million. The motorcyclist was struck from behind by the baseball pitcher’s SUV. The biker fell from the motorcycle, and his head was run over by the SUV. The pitcher left the scene of the accident and was later arrested and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. He blew a .180 blood-alcohol level on a field sobriety test. The ball player has … Continue reading

The 2012 Report on Worst Cars is Out

March 23, 2012 The good news is that there really aren’t any truly terrible new cars in dealers’ showrooms any more, according to Forbes Magazine. Even the worst of the lot would be considered superior when compared to some notorious clunkers from the 1970′s and ’80′s. The notorious episodes from past years of cars out of control in emergency handling maneuvers, or rolling over and bursting into flames following a collision are, hopefully, models from the past. Dismal, and often hazardous, performance, dubious reliability, and inferior engineering are, again hopefully, things from the dark days of the auto industry. Even though the awful cars may be gone, still, not all models are created equal. Of the models that made the … Continue reading

Florida millionaire takes the stand in his own DUI trial

March 21, 2012 In West Palm Beach, Florida, the Florida millionaire on trial for DUI manslaughter unexpectedly took the stand in his own defense today, reports My Fox Orlando. The millionaire said that he was driving to get a Wendy’s Frosty and that his brakes malfunctioned just before an intersection. He told ABC News, “I took my foot off the brake and that was the last thing I remember.” His Bentley then collided with a 23-year-old man’s Hyundai, sending it crashing into a canal. The Hyundai’s driver’s cause of death was drowning. The driver of the Bentley said that he was so out of it after the accident that he had no idea that the Hyundai had ended up in … Continue reading

Sunday deadly day for South Florida

March 19, 2012 Sunday was the deadliest day on South Florida streets and highway in recent memory. Ten people were killed in 24 hours in six South Florida accidents, reports The Miami Herald. On the Gratigny Expressway in Northwest Miami-Dade at about 5 a.m., the deadliest of the crashes left four people dead in a fiery head-on collision when a car and an SUV crashed head-on in the westbound lanes just west of Northwest 57th Avenue. Other crashes in Broward killed four. One of which occurred just before 10 a.m., when a woman was killed by a fellow churchgoer who apparently lost control of her car in the parking lot of St. Ambrose Church at Deerfield Beach. The 88-year-old woman … Continue reading

Fatal accident occurs on U.S. 41 in Fort Myers

March 16, 2012 A three-vehicle wreck occurred at 8:50 am on Cleveland Avenue (U.S. 41) near Katherine Street in Fort Myers, reports the News-Press. One person was killed, and one was injured. A 24-year-old man of Lehigh Acres was driving a white Lexus and traveling northbound on Cleveland Avenue when he attempted to pass another vehicle using the inside northbound lane and lost control. He swerved into the middle turn lane and then into oncoming traffic headed southbound on Cleveland Avenue. The Lexus collided with a Nissan Sentra traveling south, and the Nissan sustained significant damage. A Chevy also traveling southbound on Cleveland sustained minor damage when it collided with the Nissan. The driver of the Lexus died on the … Continue reading

1 dead, 3 injured in accident on U.S. 17 in Putnam

On U.S. 17 in Putnam County, a 53-year-old East Palatka man was killed Monday night when his pickup truck collided with another vehicle and overturned, according to Gainesville News. When the accident occurred, the man was northbound on the highway at Butler Drive at around 10:16 p.m., reports the Florida Highwanoney Patrol (FHP). Heading south on the highway in a 2009 Ford, a 73-year-old woman of Satsuma rear-ended a 1991 Ford Escort that was in front of her, according to the FHP. The Escort, driven by a 63-year-old man also from Satsuma, was knocked head-on into the path of the pickup truck. The pickup truck then went off the road onto the east shoulder, where the impact of the Escort … Continue reading

Teen driver pulled out in front of 2 motorcycles, killing firefighter

March 12, 2012 In Orange County, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers are investigating a crash that killed a firefighter and tied up traffic for hours, reports Click Orlando. Troopers said that a 16-year-old female was driving east on Colonial Drive on Saturday night and was attempting to turn onto Chuluota Road. She turned into the path of two oncoming Harley Davidson motorcycles that were headed west on Colonial Drive, FHP troopers stated. They said that the driver of one of the Harley Davidson motorcycles, a 54-year-old man, crashed into the car. An Orlando firefighter, he was pronounced dead at the scene, and his passenger, a 53-year-old woman, was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. The second Harley-Davidson motorcycle, driven by … Continue reading

14-year battle over

March 9, 2012 A 32-year-old Sunrise man will receive $10.75 million to pay for lifetime medical care, the Florida Legislature in Tallahassee said Thursday, according to the Orlando Sentinel. After a 14-year battle between the man and the Broward Sheriff’s Office, and four years of debate in the legislature, the Florida Legislature signed a bill that will give the man the money to pay his medical bills and living expenses. The man’s accident resulted from a 1998 car crash caused by a speeding Broward sheriff’s deputy who was late for work. The battle had left the man broke and on Medicaid. The House and the Senate had gotten into a fight over how much to pay the attorneys and lobbyists … Continue reading