In the morning hours of Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014, a 12-year-old boy was
killed in an accident in Hudson.
E.K., 12, a resident of New Port Richey, was in a Ford Windstar minivan,
along with his family when the van was struck by a Chevrolet Impala.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, K.F., 25, from Hudson, was driving
the Impala headed eastbound on Bolton Avenue, towards the stop sign located
at Little Road/County Road 1.
The woman drove the Impala into the northbound lanes of County Road 1,
which is where she crashed into the driver's side of the Windstar
in a side-impact crash.
The Ford Windstar was traveling northbound on County Road 1, it was driven
by M.K., a 44-year-old mother. Also riding in the van were her 71-year-old
husband, her 6-year-old son, and her 12-year-old son.
After the van was hit broadside, it rotated counter-clockwise, overturned
and crashed into a sign, troopers said.
The mother, father, and their 6-year-old son were all ejected from the
minivan, but their 12-year-old son was restrained and not ejected, said
the highway patrol.
The 12-year-old boy was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital and died
an hour after the accident. His 6-year-old brother was taken to St. Joseph's
with serious injuries. Both mother and father were taken to Regional Medical
Center Bayonet Point with serious injuries.
The 25-year-old driver of the Impala was not injured; however, her passenger
who was a minor did sustain minor injuries, troopers said.
T-Bone Accidents Can Be Deadly
Side-impact collisions, also known as T-bone accidents typically occur
at intersections, and usually when an at-fault driver runs a stop sign
or red light, or otherwise fails to yield the right of way.
T-bone accidents can be some of the most deadly types of crashes because
passengers sitting near the point of impact have virtually no protection.
Side-impact crashes are most deadly in rural areas where vehicles are
likely to be traveling at high speeds.
Were you injured in a side-impact crash? Contact a Tampa
personal injury attorney from Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law for aggressive legal representation.