Lee County, FL (January 9, 2019) - A 58-year-old man from Port Charlotte is dead following a crash between two vehicles and a tractor-trailer on Wednesday, January 9th.
Authorities say that the crash took place in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75. According to troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol, a tractor-trailer was stalled in the outside lane of Interstate 75. At the same time, two vehicles, a Nissan and a Ford, were traveling behind the semi. The Nissan slowed down as it approached the semi however, the Ford did not slow down adequately, striking the back of the Nissan and pushing it into the trailer of the semi. The Nissan burst into flames and became wedged underneath the trailer.
The driver of the Nissan, Johnny Coleman, was killed in the crash. A nine-month-old girl was critically hurt and taken to Tampa General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. A 24-year-old and a 16-year-old were also injured. The southbound lanes of I-75 were reduced down to one lane for several hours following the crash.
Police have not released any further details surrounding the crash.
Fatal traffic accidents are reported about eight times per day in Florida. There is nothing that can mentally prepare a family to deal with the loss of their loved one in a car accident. The sudden loss of a family member is devastating and the emotions can be overwhelming. We would like to extend our condolences to the family of Johnny Coleman.
If your loved one has been killed due to the negligence of another driver, you could have legal rights. In Florida, a next-of-kin can bring a wrongful death lawsuit for the recovery of certain damages including the value of lost services, loss of companionship, medical and funeral bills and more. At Rubenstein Law, our Florida wrongful death attorneys know that no amount of money can compensate for your loss, however, the responsible party should be made to pay for the destruction they have caused in taking an innocent life.
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