During the dramatic I-75 car accident, the 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse struck the uneven road bed in the construction area, hit a berm, flew into the northbound median where it hit a guardrail, turned in a circle and ended up in the outside northbound lane.
Puzzlingly, according to law enforcement, the young driver was apparently able to exit the car because he was found dead in a nearby wooded area. The fatality and accident are under further investigation.
The man’s passing is especially poignant, as his immediate family has apparently endured a history of tragic premature deaths. When the victim was only a child, his sister was the probable victim of a violent crime and his father died in a truck accident.
The interstate at the point of the recent car collision is being widened and realigned, a construction project that will extend into the summer months. Reportedly, the state and its contractors are the subjects of a lawsuit over another fatal motor vehicle accident with strikingly similar facts that occurred on another stretch of I-75.
Anyone who loses a loved one in a fatal car accident should discuss the details of the situation with an experienced personal injury lawyer to explore potential defendants, including anyone responsible for dangerous road conditions.
Source: The Herald-Tribune, “UPDATE: I-75 death compounds tragedies for Sarasota family,” Dale White, 3/27/12.
Posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.