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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.

The Lexus was traveling in the center lane on the Howard Frankland Bridge when the driver swerved to avoid hitting a Chevy Suburban that was stopped in traffic.

The vehicle hit the left back end of the Suburban being driven by a 30-year-old St. Petersburg woman. Her three children–ages three months, 4, and 6—were all passengers in the car.

The impact of the Lexus propelled the Suburban into the path of a Chevy Blazer, causing the SUV to roll over. A 37-year-old man and a 40 year-old-woman, both from St. Petersburg, were inside the Blazer at the time of the crash.

The accident closed down the northbound lanes for an hour so that emergency vehicles could respond to the crash. In all, seven people suffered minor injuries and were transported to area hospitals for treatment: the Lexus driver to St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Suburban driver and passengers to All Children’s Hospital, and the Blazer driver and passenger to Bayfront Medical Center.

The Lexus driver was charged with careless driving in the accident.

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Boat rolls over, operator dies

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 to the other man, using a cooler to help him hold his friend above the water while they both yelled for help.

Someone in a canoe heard them and paddled out to help. The New York man clung to the canoe and to his friend as the canoeist paddled toward shore.

As they neared shore, a pontoon boat arrived, and the occupants put the men onto their boat and took them to shore.

The operator was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy will be performed.

Law enforcement officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are still attempting to locate the airboat.


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Florida baseball pitcher involved in DUI crash

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 a suspended driver’s license and does not own a vehicle, according to his agent.

Nevertheless, he was driving a Dodge Durango when he struck the Harley Davidson from behind on U.S. 41 in Port Charlotte, the Florida Highway Patrol report states.

The motorcyclist remains at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers with broken ribs, several broken bones in his back, a broken wrist, road rash covering both arms, hemorrhaging in his brain, and a collapsed lung.


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The 2012 Report on Worst Cars is Out

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 Worst-Built Cars for 2012, these cars are not dangerous; they are just considered dated. The top worst cars of 2012 include the following: the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks; the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Dodge Avenger, Jeep Compass and Liberty, Smart ForTwo and Toyota FJ Cruiser; the Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

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Florida millionaire takes the stand in his own DUI trial

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 the water.

The millionaire said that he had two shots of tequila and two shots of vodka at the polo club on the night of the accident, but he said that he was “absolutely not” drunk. Prosecutors claim that the millionaire was intoxicated after having 16 to 18 drinks at the time of the incident.

The 48-year-old millionaire faces up to 30 years in prison on charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and the leaving the scene of an accident.

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Sunday deadly day for South Florida

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 accidentally placed her Buick Century in reverse and accelerated over a curb and onto a sidewalk, running over a 66-year-old woman.

In a Homestead hit-and-run accident, two people who were changing a tire on the side of Florida’s Turnpike were killed at about 1 a.m. when a car veered onto the shoulder, struck them, and then fled.

The Miami car accident lawyers at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene extend our heart-felt condolences to the families and friends of all those who died in these accidents.

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

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 scene.

Because of injuries, the driver of the Nissan was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital.

The driver and passenger in the Chevy were not injured.

The Fort Myers Police Department said that witnesses told them that the Lexus was speeding and driving recklessly.

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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 caused it to overturn, the FHP report states.

Taken to Putnam Community Hospital, the 53-yer-old man was later pronounced dead. The 63-year-old man was flown to Shands at the University of Florida in critical condition. His female passenger was flown to Orange Park Medical Center in stable condition.

The 73-year-old woman was taken to Putnam Community Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

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The Florida auto accident lawyers at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene extend our condolences to the family and friends of the man who died in this accident, and we wish a swift recovery to those injured.

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

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 a 52-year-old man, tried to avoid the crash and dropped his bike in the roadway.

He was also taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with injuries, troopers reported.

FHP troopers said that the teenager was not injured in the accident.

The crash remains under investigation, and charges are pending.


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14-year battle over

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 who represented the man through the trial and the legislative process.

Fearing that the bill would continue to ping-pong between the House and Senate, the family’s attorneys and the lobbyists agreed to waive their fees. The bill was then amended to say that no fees would be paid and the man would receive the entire sum.

The money will be put into a trust fund to pay for the man’s care. Because of the accident, he is confined to a wheelchair and permanently brain damaged. He can speak with some difficulty, but is difficult to understand.

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