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Florida man dies in bridge accident

A Florida man was killed when his truck rolled off a bridge after being struck by another vehicle on July 16. Florida Highway Patrol troopers said that charges were pending against the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the car accident. Reports indicated that the man facing charges previously received four speeding citations in three different Florida counties.

The accident occurred on the Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville at about 7:30 a.m. A 22-year-old man was traveling on the bridge and lost control of his Toyota Scion while trying to slow down for traffic ahead of him. His car struck a black 1988 Ford Ranger driven by a 48-year-old Tampa man, and the truck went over the concrete barrier on the edge of the bridge and into the St. Johns River below.

Biker killed in Florida hit-and-run

A 71-year-old man was killed in Sarasota on July 12 when the Honda motorcycle he was riding was hit from behind by a car, also made by Honda. The accident occurred around 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of Bee Ridge and Lockwood Ridge roads. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the motorcycle was dragged approximately 250 feet after being struck.

Investigators with FHP said the motorcycle stopped moving at Murdock Avenue after it detached from the car. The driver of the Honda car fled the scene, continuing west on Bee Ridge Road. Police said the victim was pronounced dead at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and that he was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash. As of July 12, FHP was asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

Driver sought after fleeing scene of fatal crash in Florida

Three women were killed in Tampa when a Chrysler, driven by a 27-year-old male, struck their car at the entrance to a parking lot. Reports indicate that the Chrysler struck the other vehicle's gas tank, which ruptured it and started a fire. According to local police, two passengers in the vehicle, 21 and 23, died at the scene. The 25-year-old driver died later at an area hospital.

The women were all reported to be single mothers who had six children between them, and the two passengers were the nieces of the driver. Police said that the 27-year-old man suspected of driving the Chrysler had not been apprehended as of June 28. The owner of that vehicle was cooperating with authorities as an investigation into the crash continued.

Florida motorcyclist seriously hurt in accident on S.R. 77

A 38-year-old Washington County woman was badly injured on June 21 in an accident on State Road 77. She was riding a motorcycle when another motorist allegedly caused her to leave the roadway where it intersects Lucy Lane in Bay County.

The accident happened around 8:16 a.m. when the Chipley woman riding a 2006 Yamaha motorcycle was heading south on S.R. 77 in Panama City. The driver of another vehicle, the model and make of which is unknown at this time, was also heading southbound when it moved over into the lane occupied by the motorcycle. The biker, attempting to avoid an accident, veered into the grassy area adjacent to the road. Her vehicle became less stable, and it eventually landed on its left side, throwing the woman from it. She suffered serious injuries in the crash, and damage to the bike is estimated to be at about $1,000.

2 semi-trucks collide on Florida freeway, killing 2

On June 17, a collision in Orange County involving two tractor-trailers killed two individuals. The fatal truck accident occurred shortly before 5 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike close to State Road 50.

According to a preliminary investigation, the crash happened when a tractor-trailer traveling in the northbound lane of the turnpike smashed into the back end of another truck as its driver was maneuvering back into traffic. That driver had previously stopped in the emergency lane to perform a safety check on one of his tires. As a result of the impact, two of the second truck's occupants that rear-ended the first semi were ejected from the truck and died. The 54-year-old driver of the first truck was uninjured.

Car accident at Florida mall kills 1, injures 2

A motor vehicle accident at a Clearwater mall has taken one life and sent two others to the hospital with serious injuries. A 24-year-old woman was driving a Hyundai Sonata eastbound on SR 580 during the evening hours of June 13. About that same time, a Volkswagen Jetta was attempting to make a left turn in the Westfield Countryside Mall parking lot.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Jetta turned in front of the Sonata, and the two vehicles collided. As a result of the impact, the Sonata then struck a north-facing Toyota Rav-4 stopped at a red light. The 82-year-old driver of the Jetta was transported to Mease Dunedin Hospital but later succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Sonata and her 20-year-old male passenger suffered serious injuries and were transported to St. Joseph's Hospital. No one in the Rav-4 was reportedly hurt in the incident.

Florida pedestrian dies as the result of a two-car accident

A two-car accident that occurred around 9 p.m. on June 7 in St. Petersburg has taken the life of a 59-year-old man. According to reports, a 21-year-old man was driving eastbound at the same time that a 28-year-old man was driving northbound. Police say the front end of the of northbound car struck the other vehicle in the right rear, causing it to slide out of control and begin to spin. The spinning car then struck a pedestrian who was attempting to cross the street. The victim was transported to a local hospital but later died.

Authorities were still investigating the accident at the time of the report. Reports did not pinpoint the exact cause of the accident. There was no mention of drugs or alcohol being involved. Perhaps one of the drivers was using a cellphone or was otherwise distracted at the time.

1 dead, 1 injured in head-on collision in Florida

A car accident that occurred in Florida around 12:25 p.m. on May 25 left a 70-year-old woman from Tennessee dead. The woman was driving southbound when a 56-year-old woman who was heading north veered into oncoming traffic. The two vehicles collided in the southbound lanes.

The victim and her 35-year-old passenger were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, where the victim ultimately died as a result of her injuries. It was not known if the other driver suffered any injuries or if authorities planned to file charges against her once they completed their investigation.

Pool hospitalizes 3 children in Florida

When you are expecting visitors, you probably decide to spend some time tidying up and addressing any potential problems to make sure no one hurts themselves in your home, especially if young children are among the expected visitors. When you are out and about, you expect the property owners of the places you are visiting have taken similar precautions. When a property owner fails to adequately maintain his or her premises, accidents can happen and people can be seriously injured.

A rather alarming accident recently occurred at a property in Florida. Three children suffered electric shocks as they swam in a swimming pool at a residential complex in Hialeah. All three were in a hospital for four nights following the incident.

Woman killed in Florida motorcycle accident

Of all the people on Florida's roads, motorcyclists might be considered to be the most at risk. Small and fast compared to other vehicles, they offer no real protection in the event of an accident. Furthermore, all too many drivers of larger vehicles are insufficiently aware of motorcyclists in their vicinity. For this reason, motorcycle accidents are sometimes common and often devastating.

A late-afternoon incident in Florida resulted in the death of a female motorcyclist riding a pink Harley-Davidson. The 52-year-old woman was on the southbound off-ramp of a highway in Haines City, attempting to traverse a turn, when the accident happened. She ran off the roadway and was unable to re-enter it despite attempts to sufficiently correct her path and regain control. In the process, she was thrown from the vehicle which then landed on her. 

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