February 4, 2014

Land ‘O Lakes, FL motorcyclist killed in accident

A Land ‘O Lakes, FL motorcyclist was killed when the motorcycle he was riding on collided with the back end of another vehicle.

According to TBO.com, at approximately 11:30 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, October 17, 2013, Kevin Dean Slaunwhite, 51, of Land ‘O Lakes, FL was headed west on State Road 52 just east of Paradise Point Way in New Port Richey, FL.

Florida Highway Patrol reports indicate that for unknown reasons, Slaunwhite failed to slow down at a red light and slammed into the back of a 2001 Ford Taurus being driven by Kelly Watts, 49, of the Bronx, NY.  Watts was stopped at the red light at the time of the collision.

As a result of the crash, Slaunwhite was ejected from his bike and thrown in the center median of the roadway.  Sadly, Slaunwhite was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident as a result of his injuries.

Neither Watts nor his passenger, Sidney Curry, 29, of Middletown, NY, were injured in the accident.

Preliminary data collected by the Governors Highway Safety Administration reports a 9% increase in the number of motorcyclist fatalities recorded in 2012.  This marks the 14th of 15 years that have noted an increase in the number of motorcyclist fatalities.  Florida continues to ranked as one of the top 3 states for motorcyclists fatalities each year.

Attorney Tania L. Rivas is a Tampa injury lawyer with Rivas Law Group, LLC located in Tampa, Florida and Winter Haven, Florida. Tampa Personal Injury Attorney Rivas represents injured victims in Central and Southwest Florida. Attorney Rivas is fluent in Spanish and represents only accident victims, never insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured and is seeking an injury lawyer in Tampa, Florida, contact us online or call us toll free at 877-299-5539 to schedule a free legal consultation with Attorney Rivas. You are not responsible to pay any legal fees or costs unless you win.

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February 3, 2014

13-year old hit by vehicle while riding bicycle

Florida Highway Patrol troopers responded to an incident involving a  13-year old girl who was hit by a car when it was exiting from a driveway while riding her bicycle .

According to The Tampa Tribune, at approximately 4:00 p.m. on the afternoon of Friday, October 25, 2013, 13-year old Brena Carter, of New Port Richey, FL, was riding her bicycle along the side of U.S. 19 in Pasco County, FL.

Florida Highway Patrol reports state that as an unidentified late-model red Toyota Camry  was exiting a driveway and attempting to travel onto U.S. 19 when the vehicle struck and injured Carter.

The unidentified vehicle reportedly continued to travel on U.S. 19 making a u-turn to travel in the opposite direction.

Carter was taken from the scene of the accident and taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital where she was listed in serious but stable condition at the time of the report.

As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 677 pedal cyclists were killed as a result of traffic crashes in 2011.  Of those accidents, the 14-years of age and younger age group accounted for 9% of those fatalities.  The 14-years of age and younger age group accounted for 16% of all pedalcyclists injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2011.

Attorney Tania L. Rivas is a Tampa injury lawyer with Rivas Law Group, LLC located in Tampa, Florida and Winter Haven, Florida. Tampa Personal Injury Attorney Rivas represents injured victims in Central and Southwest Florida. Attorney Rivas is fluent in Spanish and represents only accident victims, never insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured and is seeking an injury lawyer in Tampa, Florida, contact us online or call us toll free at 877-299-5539 to schedule a free legal consultation with Attorney Rivas. You are not responsible to pay any legal fees or costs unless you win.

 

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January 30, 2014

Air performer killed from faulty parachute

A wing walker was killed during an air show when he fell from a stunt biplane and his parachute failed to deploy.

According to New York Daily News and Channel 10 News,at approximately 3:00 p.m. on the afternoon of Saturday, October 19, 2013, wing walker, Mark Curto, 62, of Tampa, FL, was participating in an air show in Pasco County, FL, when something went terribly wrong.

Witnesses at the air show reported that Curto fell from the wing of the biplane during a stunt maneuver.  Curto reportedly fell into the backyard of a house located on McBrine Court in Land O Lakes, FL.

The biplane in which Curto was performing on was able to safely land at the Tampa North Flight Center in Lutz, FL.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were called out to the site to conduct a complete investigation.  At the time of the report, it was being ruled an accident.

According to the United States Parachute Association, a total of 19 skydiving related fatalities were recorded in the United States.  With an estimated average of  0.55 fatalities per thousand USPA members in 2012,  it figures out to equal one fatality per 163,158 skydives.

Attorney Tania L. Rivas is a Tampa injury lawyer with Rivas Law Group, LLC located in Tampa, Florida and Winter Haven, Florida. Tampa Personal Injury Attorney Rivas represents injured victims in Central and Southwest Florida. Attorney Rivas is fluent in Spanish and represents only accident victims, never insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured and is seeking an injury lawyer in Tampa, Florida, contact us online or call us toll free at 877-299-5539 to schedule a free legal consultation with Attorney Rivas. You are not responsible to pay any legal fees or costs unless you win.

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January 29, 2014

Interstate 275 crash claims one life, injures another

A Marion County, FL woman was killed when the vehicle she was driving struck another vehicle while traveling at a high rate of speed.

According to TBO.com, at approximately 8:54 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, October 24, 2013, Lauren Ellen Greco, 54, of Ocklawaha, FL, was headed southbound on Interstate 275 at the Interstate 75 apex at the Hillsborough and Pasco County line.  Greco was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed in the inside travel lane when she lost control of her 1998 Chevrolet Blazer.

Florida Highway Patrol reports state that when Greco lost control of her vehicle, she traveled into the outside lane of Interstate 275 and struck a 2013 Hyundai Elantra being driven by James Snyder, 59, of Zephyrhills, FL.  As a result, both vehicles left the interstate and traveled onto the grass shoulder of the interstate.  Once off the roadway, both vehicles overturned and eventually came to rest when hitting trees.

Greco, the driver of the Blazer, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.  Snyder, the driver of the Elantra, suffered only minor injuries as a result of the crash.

The 2012 Annual Traffic Crash Facts, published by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, reports that Florida has averaged 2,243 traffic related fatalities for the past three years.  Injury crashes have also shown an 11% increase in the number of accidents recorded.

Attorney Tania L. Rivas is a Tampa injury lawyer with Rivas Law Group, LLC located in Tampa, Florida and Winter Haven, Florida. Tampa Personal Injury Attorney Rivas represents injured victims in Central and Southwest Florida. Attorney Rivas is fluent in Spanish and represents only accident victims, never insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured and is seeking an injury lawyer in Tampa, Florida, contact us online or call us toll free at 877-299-5539 to schedule a free legal consultation with Attorney Rivas. You are not responsible to pay any legal fees or costs unless you win.

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January 23, 2014

Pasco County, FL woman killed in apparent DUI accident

A Pasco County, FL woman was killed when a 21-year old slammed into the back of her car traveling at speeds over 100 miles per hour.

According to ABC Action News and Bay News 9, at approximately 3:17 a.m. in the early morning hours of Monday, November 11, 2013, Courtney Ann Kreckel, 38, of Port Richey, FL, was driving her 2000 Kia Sephia north on U.S. 19 near the intersection of Moog Road in Holiday, FL.

According to reports, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies clocked a green 2006 Mazda Miata being driven by Ryan Sean Brosnan, 21, also of Port Richey, FL traveling at 111miles per hour.  As deputies began to pursue Brosnan, they witnessed his Mazda slamming into the back of the Kia being driven by Kreckel.

Florida Highway Patrol reports indicated that the force of the collision forced Kreckel’s vehicle to travel over the median of the roadway and traveled into the southbound lanes of U.S. 19 in Holiday, FL.  As a result of the collision, Kreckel’s vehicle caught fire.

Kreckel was removed from the vehicle and transported to Trinity Medical Center where she was pronounced dead as a result of her injuries.

Brosnan, the driver of the Mazda, suffered only minor injuries from the incident.  He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.  Additional charges, including DUI manslaughter, were pending awaiting results of toxicology reports.

Attorney Tania L. Rivas is a Tampa injury lawyer with Rivas Law Group, LLC located in Tampa, Florida and Winter Haven, Florida. Tampa Personal Injury Attorney Rivas represents injured victims in Central and Southwest Florida. Attorney Rivas is fluent in Spanish and represents only accident victims, never insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured and is seeking an injury lawyer in Tampa, Florida, contact us online or call us toll free at 877-299-5539 to schedule a free legal consultation with Attorney Rivas. You are not responsible to pay any legal fees or costs unless you win.

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January 22, 2014

State Road 39 crashes leaves 2 injured, 1 dead

A two-vehicle crash on State Road 39 and East County Line Road between Pasco and Hillsborough Counties claimed the life of one Pasco County, FL woman and injured two others.

According to The Pasco Tribune, at approximately 12:15 p.m. on the afternoon of Thursday, October 31, 2013, Jesse Robert McGee, 84, of Zephyrhills, FL, was driving his 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche headed southbound of State Road 39 in Pasco County, FL.

Florida Highway Patrol reports indicate that as McGee attempted to make a left onto East County Line Road into Hillsborough County, FL, he turned into the path of a 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck being driven by Richard Allen Westfall, 38, of Trilby, FL.

Westfall, who was driving north on State Road 39 at the time of the accident, was transported from the scene of the accident and taken to Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, where he was listed in serious condition.  Westfall’s wife and passenger in the truck, was also taken to Florida Hospital Zephyrhills where she later died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the crash.

MeGee, the driver of the Avalanche, was transported from the scene of the accident and taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.

Publications by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles report that 281,340 traffic crashes were reported in the state of Florida in 2012.  This marked a 23% increase in traffic crashes from the previous year.  Of those crashes, 2,255 were fatal traffic crashes.  This only indicated a slight 2% increase in fatal car accidents in the state.

Attorney Tania L. Rivas is a Tampa injury lawyer with Rivas Law Group, LLC located in Tampa, Florida and Winter Haven, Florida. Tampa Personal Injury Attorney Rivas represents injured victims in Central and Southwest Florida. Attorney Rivas is fluent in Spanish and represents only accident victims, never insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured and is seeking an injury lawyer in Tampa, Florida, contact us online or call us toll free at 877-299-5539 to schedule a free legal consultation with Attorney Rivas. You are not responsible to pay any legal fees or costs unless you win.

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January 16, 2014

Pasco County, FL pedestrian killed crossing SR 54

A Pasco County, FL man was killed when he was struck by a vehicle when he attempted to walk across State Road 54 in Pasco County, FL.

According to TBO.com, at approximately 9:00 p.m. on the evening of Monday, October 28, 2013, Douglas Vernon Hendry, 71, of Land O Lakes, FL, attempted to walk across State Road 54 near Livingston Road, in Lutz, FL.

Florida Highway Patrol reports indicate that a 2004 Ford F-150 being driven by John Charles Ward III, 32, of Wesley Chapel, FL, was headed eastbound on State Road 54 at the time that Hendry was crossing north over the roadway.

Ward’s pickup truck struck and killed Hendry near the intersection of State Road 54 and Linvingston Road in Lutz, FL.  Hendry was pronounced dead at the scene.

At the time of the report, no charges had been filed by the Florida Highway Patrol.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, pedestrian fatalities make up approximately 12 percent of all traffic crash fatalities yearly.  The FHWA estimates that 4,000 pedestrian deaths are logged each year nationally.  Moreover, approximately 59,000 pedestrian injuries are recorded yearly as a result of traffic crashes.

Attorney Tania L. Rivas is a Tampa injury lawyer with Rivas Law Group, LLC located in Tampa, Florida and Winter Haven, Florida. Tampa Personal Injury Attorney Rivas represents injured victims in Central and Southwest Florida. Attorney Rivas is fluent in Spanish and represents only accident victims, never insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured and is seeking an injury lawyer in Tampa, Florida, contact us online or call us toll free at 877-299-5539 to schedule a free legal consultation with Attorney Rivas. You are not responsible to pay any legal fees or costs unless you win.

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January 15, 2014

3 people injured in Pasco County, FL accident

Florida Highway Patrol troopers responded to a mid-morning accident in early November that injured three people.

According to The Pasco Tribune, at approximately 9:40 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, November 9, 2013, Elizabeth Swann, 48, of Webster, FL, was driving her 1992 Isuzu pickup truck headed westbound on County Road 575, also known as Trilby Road in Pasco County, FL.

In the meantime, a 1998 Mercury Tracer being driven by Randy Young, 54, of Hudson, FL, was headed southbound on U.S. 98 approaching the intersection with County Road 575 in Pasco County, FL.

According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, Swann neglected to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of C.R. 575 and U.S. 98 in Pasco County, FL.  Swann’s Isuzu slammed into the left side of Young’s Mercury.

Swann was transported from the scene of the accident and taken to Tampa General Hospital where she was treated for serious injuries.

Henry Branch, 34, of Calhoun, TN, and a passenger in Swann’s Isuzu, along with Young, the driver of the Mercury, were both taken to Bayonet Point Hospital where both men were treated for serious injuries.

In a report published by the United States Department of Transportation in 2010, they attributed 96% of the 787,236 intersection related crashes in 2010 to critical driver errors, and only 3% of these crashes to environmental issues.  Of the 756,570 intersection-related accidents, 44.1% of these accidents, 332,890 were a result of inadequate surveillance, which is defined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as a situation when the driver is in a situation where he/she is required to look to safely complete a maneuver and either fails to look in the appropriate place or looks, but does not see

Attorney Tania L. Rivas is a Tampa injury lawyer with Rivas Law Group, LLC located in Tampa, Florida and Winter Haven, Florida. Tampa Personal Injury Attorney Rivas represents injured victims in Central and Southwest Florida. Attorney Rivas is fluent in Spanish and represents only accident victims, never insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured and is seeking an injury lawyer in Tampa, Florida, contact us online or call us toll free at 877-299-5539 to schedule a free legal consultation with Attorney Rivas. You are not responsible to pay any legal fees or costs unless you win.

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January 9, 2014

Plant City, FL woman killed in DUI accident

A 52-year old Plant City, FL woman was killed in a mid-October crash involving DUI.

According to TBO.com, at approximately 3:30 a.m. in the early morning hours of Monday, October 14, 2013, Sandra Marin, 52, of Plant City, FL, was at a traffic light from southbound U.S. 27 onto the eastbound ramp of Interstate 4 in Polk County, FL.  When Marin was given the green arrow to proceed through the light, she attempted to proceed through the light.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office reports indicate that as Marin drove her 2010 Toyota Corolla into the intersection, a 2004 Ford F-250 pickup truck being driven by Michael B. Johnson, 54, of Orlando, FL,  traveled through  red light traveling northbound on U.S. 27.

Johnson’s pickup truck collided with Marin’s Toyota killing Marin at the scene of the accident.

Reports state that Johnson attempted to remove evidence of driving under the influence from his vehicle by throwing several beer cans out of his truck.

Johnson blood alcohol level was tested and was 0.11, which is above the 0.08 level that indicates intoxication by law.

Florida’s DUI Law, also referred to as Florida State Statute 316.193, states that a person is consider to be driving under the influence when the driver of the motor vehicle is proved by impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above.

Attorney Tania L. Rivas is a Tampa injury lawyer with Rivas Law Group, LLC located in Tampa, Florida and Winter Haven, Florida. Tampa Personal Injury Attorney Rivas represents injured victims in Central and Southwest Florida. Attorney Rivas is fluent in Spanish and represents only accident victims, never insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured and is seeking an injury lawyer in Tampa, Florida, contact us online or call us toll free at 877-299-5539 to schedule a free legal consultation with Attorney Rivas. You are not responsible to pay any legal fees or costs unless you win.

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January 8, 2014

80-year old man killed in fatal hit and run accident

A 30-year old Plant City, FL man was apprehended and charged with a hit and run that left one man dead.

According to The Tampa Tribune, at approximately 2:30 p.m. on the afternoon of Monday, September 30, 2013, Santiago Sanchez-Lopez was on foot headed east across Sydney Dover Road.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office reports indicate that Ryan Scott Pottinger, 30, of Plant City, FL, was driving his Ford Ranger pickup truck headed southbound on Sydney Dover Road at approximately 50 miles per hour.  Reports state that Pottinger struck Sanchez-Lopez in the middle of the roadway.

Sadly, Sanchez-Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Pottinger, who is a habitual traffic offender, was arrested at his home and charged with leaving the scene of a crash and driving with a suspended license.

The Department of Transportation reports that the state of Florida reported 476 pedestrian deaths as a result of traffic accidents in 2012.  This marked a small reduction in the number of pedestrian fatalities in several years.

Attorney Tania L. Rivas is a Tampa injury lawyer with Rivas Law Group, LLC located in Tampa, Florida and Winter Haven, Florida. Tampa Personal Injury Attorney Rivas represents injured victims in Central and Southwest Florida. Attorney Rivas is fluent in Spanish and represents only accident victims, never insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured and is seeking an injury lawyer in Tampa, Florida, contact us online or call us toll free at 877-299-5539 to schedule a free legal consultation with Attorney Rivas. You are not responsible to pay any legal fees or costs unless you win.

 

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