Callahan, FL (December 8, 2018) - A 58-year-old woman is dead and a 21-year-old is seriously hurt following a head-on crash at Lem Turner Road. The crash happened in Callahan on Friday, December 7th.
Based on initial reports, 21-year-old Layton Mizell was traveling northbound on Lem Turner around 10:40 pm. For unknown reasons, Mizell's Toyota 4Runner crossed into the southbound lane. While in the southbound lanes, the 4Runner collided with a Toyota Rav4, driven by 58-year-old Patricia Trantham. Trantham suffered critical injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Mizell was taken to UF Health with serious injuries.
Troopers are investigating to determine whether alcohol played a role in the crash. Charges against Mizell are pending at this time.
We are deeply saddened to hear of this head-on crash which claimed the life of Patricia Trantham. Head-on collisions are a major cause of many fatal Florida car accidents.
Fatal crashes are reported about every three hours across our state. In the aftermath of a fatal crash, police will conduct an in-depth investigation into the scene in order to determine how the accident occurred. Impairment, distraction and reckless driving such as speeding all play major roles in many fatal accidents.
If you have experienced the loss of a loved one in a Florida traffic accident, you may have legal rights. Under our law, the next-of-kin can bring a wrongful death claim when an act of negligence results in the death of an innocent person. Under a wrongful death claim, the next-of-kin can recover expenses and damages including funeral and medical bills and payments for loss of companionship. A wrongful death claim must be filed within two years of the date of death.
Wrongful death claims are complicated. At Rubenstein Law, our experienced Florida wrongful death attorneys are here to help you every step of the way. For your free consultation, please call us at 1-800 FL-Legal.
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