Dangers to Pedestrians – Sidewalks May Not Provide Safety

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Recently, a Florida automobile / pedestrian accident critically injured a young teenage woman when the driver made an incomplete U-turn. Blake Cottam, a 15-year-old eyewitness, told authorities that he and two other teens were standing at a bus stop when the white pickup truck ran down Cottam and his friends. Cottam said the driver of the pickup, Peter Wolfman, went to make a U-turn, which he did not complete, then started driving towards the group of teens while accelerating. The two teenage boys were able to get out of the truck’s way, but the teenage girl, identified as Emily Sexton, was no so fortunate. Wolfman pinned Emily between his truck and a brick wall, critically injuring her.

Wolfman refused a breathalyzer at the scene but police later confirmed he had been drinking. He has been charged for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and for refusal to take a breathalyzer test. If you would like to read more on this story please see Teen critically injured after being hit while standing at bus stop. Mr. Wolfman will be entitled to representation on this criminal / traffic related offense by a Florida criminal defense attorney or a Florida public defender. While charges have been made, there are proof requirements and legal defenses to a Florida DUI criminal matter.

Many accidents occur every year that involve a automobile striking a pedestrian. Often times, the pedestrian is walking along a side walk or standing at a bus stop when he or she is hit by the automobile. Although pedestrians are given the right of way in the State of Florida, pedestrians still need to be aware of their surroundings and the unpredictability of drivers and automobiles.