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Alcohol may have caused two-vehicle accident

On behalf of Terence Gross of Gross & Schuster, P.A. posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, July 5, 2012.

When people drive under the influence of alcohol, they are not only putting their own safety at risk, but the safety of all motorists they encounter. Unfortunately, a lot of crashes occur simply because a driver is impaired in this manner.

The Florida Highway Patrol says that the use of alcohol by a teen motorist may have played a part in a two-vehicle collision which resulted in injuries to both drivers. The car accidentoccurred last week.

According to media reports, a 1999 GMC pickup truck driven by a 17-year-old boy was traveling north on Highway 29 in the early afternoon hours. At one point, close to the intersection with Barber Street, the pickup allegedly traveled improperly over the grassy median in the road.

The truck reportedly went flying and hit a car being operated by a 67-year-old man. The motorist driving the 2012 Dodge Voyager was taken to nearby Sacred Heart Hospital. Medical personnel described his injuries as relatively minor.

The teen motorist was not so lucky, and was transported to the same hospital where he was listed in serious condition after the accident. Officers from the Highway Patrol subjected him to blood tests, based on suspicion of underage consumption of alcohol. Shortly after the crash, they said they were awaiting the results of that test to determine whether criminal charges were warranted.

Photos posted to a local news site show the aftermath of the accident, including one of the vehicles, a pickup truck, with its front end completely smashed in.

Source:, “FHP: Highway 29 crash may have been alcohol related,” June 27, 2012

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