A Jacksonville teenager has been sentenced for his involvement in a 2009 crash. Brandon Hodges was sentenced to one year probation, 250 hours of community service and ordered to write letters of apology. The June 2009 crash killed four of Hodges’ friends and inflicted serious personal injuries on four others. Hodges was driving a sports utility vehicle in I-295 in Jacksonville, Florida, when he lost control of the vehicle and flipped three times. There were 8 passengers inside the SUV, all of which were thrown from the vehicle. According to the report, the teens were heading to the beach, following their last day of school. Hodges was 15-years-old at the time of the accident. If you would like to read more details on this story please see Jacksonville teen sentences for fatal 2009 accident.
The deaths of these teens are a tragedy for their families and communities. Florida courts are having to rule on many cases involving the negligence of teen drivers. Florida courts have jurisdiction to impose criminal sanctions on teen drivers for their involvement in automobile accidents. Teens need to take their driving responsibility seriously, otherwise they could face serious consequences.