We’ve all had quarrels with partners, lovers or a spouse. And sometimes those quarrels end up with one person getting out of the car and walking home. But sadly, that long walk turned deadly for one Florida man.
In this particular case, a complicated love triangle led up to a fight that left Darrell Fitzwater of New Smyrna Beach stranded. Darrell was driving with his girlfriend, Donna Lynam, early in the morning several weeks ago. However, Lynam was still married to someone else—and neither of the two knew that her husband had apparently hidden himself in the back of their van that morning.
From the information released by police, it’s unclear whether the Lynams were still together as a couple or not. At least one neighbor says he hadn’t seen Donald Lynam in some time, indicating they may have been estranged.
But estranged or not, once they were underway Donald Lynam allegedly came out from the back of the van and attacked Fitzwater, putting everyone in the vehicle in danger. Fitzwater managed to pull over, and the altercation continued on the roadside. Eventually, police say Donald Lynam got his wife back in the van and pulled away, leaving Fitzwater behind.
In many cases that would be the end of an unfortunate, but at least not tragic story. Unfortunately things only got worse for Fitzwater. Alone on the side of State Road 44, he was struck by another car and killed—even as the Lynams were apparently calling 911 to report the dispute.
This is a terrible end to a domestic argument, and it also underscores just how dangerous major highways are to pedestrians. Every year, thousands of pedestrians are hit by cars in Florida. Those struck by a vehicle moving at 40 mph or more have little chance to survive.
Often, people are hit by cars during the most stressful times: after a car accident, during a roadside breakdown or after a fight or argument. Distraction, and especially stress, can lead to poor decision making or a total lack of awareness of one’s surroundings. If you find yourself on the roadside, it’s important to take a moment to collect yourself and pay attention to traffic—even if you have bigger things on your mind.
If you or a loved one is hit by a car, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries or loss. Pedestrians generally have right of way and in many cases the fault lies with the driver. Call Steinger, Iscoe & Greene to help you get everything you deserve from your insurance.