Wildwood, FL (October 17, 2020) - A girl was killed and her mother was seriously injured following a crash on I-75 in Sumter County on Friday, October 16th. The crash was reported around 8:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-75 near Mile Marker 319.
The Florida Highway Patrol was among the first agencies to respond to the crash scene. According to troopers, a 30-year-old man was driving a sedan on I-75 when he slowed his speed for traffic ahead of him. A 55-year-old Sarasota man was driving his vehicle directly behind. The 55-year-old man failed to slow down and collided with the rear of the sedan. The sedan was pushed into a guardrail, where it then overturned and ejected the 30-year-old driver. The driver sustained minor injuries, however, a 10-year-old female passenger in his vehicle was killed in the crash. The girl's mother, a 40-year-old, suffered serious injuries. No one involved in the accident has been identified at this time.
The crash caused the roadway to be closed for several hours while police investigated. No further details are available.
Florida's roadways can be dangerous and deadly places for motorists. Last year, over 3,000 people tragically lost their lives in car accidents in Florida. A large majority of all crashes occur due to the negligence of other drivers. This can leave injured victims and their families in difficult positions when they are affected by the careless actions of third parties.
We offer our most sincere condolences to the family of the deceased victim.
Rubenstein Law is dedicated to serving individuals & families injured by the negligence of others. We know first-hand the heartbreak that can be left behind after an accident. In our news blog, we write about cases of personal injury relevant to our line of work, and we report on news of judgments and appellate cases that affect the rights of personal injury claimants. We feel a responsibility to raise awareness of the injury and tragic loss of life occurring across our state every day.
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