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Collision With truck kills 1, leaves woman with critical injuries

An accident that took place in Christmas, Florida, has left a 33-year-old man dead and a woman critically injured. The man driving the pickup truck going westbound on S.R. 520 attempted to turn onto Cocoa Water Plant Road and struck a Hyundai driven by the woman. The accident was being investigated by authorities at the time of the report.

Troopers report that the driver of the truck was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The female driver of the Hyundai was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center with critical injuries after the car crash.

Wrong-way driver killed in Florida crash

On April 14, an alleged drunk driver traveled the wrong direction on Interstate 4 for several miles before slamming head-on into another vehicle, killing herself and injuring the other driver. She reportedly caused two other accidents before the fatal collision, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

It was unclear how the woman ended up driving in the wrong direction. She struck a vehicle just west of State Road 436 and then caused another driver to swerve out of her way and strike a guardrail near Maitland Boulevard. Finally, she struck a Ford pickup truck head-on near Fairbanks Avenue. The woman was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center with injuries that appeared to be non-life-threatening, but she was pronounced dead at 5:22 a.m. on April 15. The driver of the Ford, a 71-year-old Altamonte Springs man, was hospitalized in serious condition. The drivers involved in the first two accidents were not injured.

Man killed in Florida crash when woman brakes for squirrel

A Texas man was killed in a four-vehicle accident on State Road 54 near Trinity on March 31. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the chain-reaction crash began when a motorist braked for a small animal.

Authorities said that a 38-year-old New Port Richey woman was traveling eastbound on State Road 54 when she stopped in the center lane for a squirrel near Trophy Boulevard around 10:40 a.m. In response, an 18-year-old New Port Richey man driving a Volkswagen behind her swerved into the next lane to avoid a crash. However, he collided with her vehicle and a Dodge van. The impact of the collision forced the Dodge over the median and into oncoming westbound traffic where it struck a 2008 Toyota pickup truck head-on.

Head-on collision causes 2 deaths in Jacksonville, Florida

On Sunday, March 29, two men were killed in a head-on collision that occurred in the westbound lanes of J. Turner Butler Boulevard, according to state troopers. Two eyewitnesses reported seeing a young man driving east in the westbound lanes. The witnesses were driving east and said they tried to keep up with the man in order to get his attention but that he didn't respond. One of the individuals recorded a short video of the event while the other called 911 shortly before the accident occurred.

The wrong-way driver, a 27-year-old male, did not have his headlights on and reportedly swerved across the lanes in his 2005 Subaru Forester, avoiding several other vehicles before colliding with a 2006 Chevrolet driven by a 55-year-old male. Both men were declared dead at the scene.

Florida accident kills bicyclist

A fatal hit and run accident at the intersection of Bird Road and Granada Boulevard in Coral Gables on March 26 caused the death of a bicyclist. Authorities have reported that they believe that the vehicle involved in the accident, a Nissan Altima, has been located.

It was reported that on the evening of the accident, a police officer had been traveling east on Bird Road. He discovered the victim lying in the street with no sign of the vehicle that had hit him. The damaged bicycle was located by another officer four blocks away after being dispatched to the scene. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Traffic was stopped in the intersection of University Drive and Granada Boulevard in addition to the westbound lanes of Bird Road for officials to investigate and clear the scene.

Four killed when trailer detaches on U.S. 27 in Florida

Four people were killed in a four-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 27 in western Palm Beach County on March 17. Troopers said a Ford Focus, a Ford F-150 and two semi-trucks were involved in the incident.

According to authorities, the chain reaction began when a trailer became disconnected from a southbound semi-truck. The Ford Focus tried to avoid the stationary trailer by swerving to the right, but it hit the right rear of it. The Ford F-150 swerved to the left but struck the left rear of it. Finally, another semi-truck veered to the right, but it crashed into the Focus, pushing it into a ditch.

Bizarre Florida crash kills vacationing Missouri couple

According to sources, a vacationing couple was killed in an accident in Florida when an airborne pickup truck landed on top of their SUV. The accident reportedly occurred on March 12 on Interstate 4 in Volusia County.

Investigators reported that a 44-year-old DeBary man driving a pickup truck west on the interstate abruptly changed lanes around 9:25 p.m. When he did so, witnesses indicated that he lost control of his vehicle and drove into the median, where he struck the center guardrail. The force of that collision apparently sent his pickup truck airborne, and he landed on top of the couple's GMC SUV.

Big rig crash on Florida bridge kills 4

Four people were killed and three others were injured in a multiple-vehicle crash on a Florida bridge on March 2. According to a sergeant with the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident involved two SUVs and a big rig. Authorities believe, based on a preliminary investigation, that one of the SUVs was slowing with the flow of traffic when it was struck from behind by the big rig.

The crash happened on the Buckman Bridge in the afternoon. One of the SUVs caught fire, and its four occupants, two adults and two minors, were killed. The three occupants of the other SUV suffered injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening. They were transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The issue of distracted driving in Florida

Distracted driving can take many forms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it can be visual, manual or mental depending on if someone takes their eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel or if they aren't thinking about driving. Distracted driving can also be a combination of the three.

Texting and driving is often commonly associated with distracted driving because it involves all three forms of distraction. However, anything from changing the radio station to getting lost in thought can be forms as well. The issue is a fairly serious one, and statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that nine people are killed and more than 1,100 are injured daily due to distracted driving. Additionally, a study done in 2011 found that 31 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 64 had texted or sent email messages while driving within 30 days of being asked.

Florida accident claims the life of a driver

An auto accident between a 2014 Ford Fusion and a 1991 Ford Mustang occurred in St. Augustine on the evening of Feb. 13. Both vehicles were traveling on Florida 16 when the driver of the Fusion attempted a U-turn at the intersection of St. Francis Road and Florida 16. The Mustang was behind the Fusion when the Fusion veered right into the entrance of St. Francis Road for the attempted U-turn. As the Fusion began to turn within the intersection, the Mustang struck the Fusion's left side. Reports suggested that the driver of the Fusion may have been unaware of the Mustang.

The driver of the Mustang sustained serious injuries, according to reports. He was transported to UF Health Jacksonville Hospital for medical care. The driver of the Fusion was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The female passenger of the Fusion sustained minor injuries and was also taken to a hospital for medical attention.

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