Late last month, an Orlando family minivan was struck at a Tampa crossing
by a reckless driver. The collision would go on injury several family
members and kill a 14-year-old male passenger in the van. The son of a
pastor, the boy is still being grieved as the family continues tend to
other injured loved ones and wait for justice to be served.
The accident occurred January 20th as the family was traveling on Hillsborough
Avenue. Returning home from dinner with visiting grandparents, also passengers,
their van was hit by a driver who ran a red light and collided with their
vehicle. The grandfather's recalls the Honda Odyssey minivan being
thrown into a dangerous spin before coming to a stop. By then, it was
too late— and his teenage grandson had been killed.
The van was hit by a 28-year-old driver, who was found to have illegal
substances in his possession at the time of the crash. Only 10 minutes
prior to the collision, Tampa police reported trying to stop the driver
for speeding, but, citing department protocol, did not pursue the driver
after he sped off. The driver is now being charged with vehicular homicide.
Criminal Charges vs Restitution
In cases of reckless driving that result in a criminal charge, like vehicular
homicide, many victims anxiously await to see offenders face trial and
penalty. What many of them do not consider is that these offenders are
also vulnerable to civil action. The Orlando family in this case, like
many who face sudden tragedy, are now faced with mounting funeral and
medical bills. In similar circumstances, it may be pertinent to seek the
counsel of a knowledgeable Tampa personal injury attorney to explore what
your legal options are in seeking restitution.
If you or a loved one have been hurt on the road by a reckless driver,
you do not necessarily have to depend on the criminal trial for justice.
Call our team at Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law today and schedule a
free case evaluation.