In Florida, pick up trucks are found in every community – big, small, and in between. Many teen drivers are provided pick up trucks for transportation. Unfortunately, pick up trucks are often loaded up beyond capacity with unrestrained riders or passengers in the back of the truck. An accident involving a pick up truck with passengers in the bed can lead to catastrophic consequences. It was reported that a pick up truck accident crashed near Naples, Florida on Interstate 75 in the area near Mile Marker 92. The accident took place at approximately 8:30 p.m.
It was reported that the Dodge pick up truck went up on an unpaved median and then the driver overcorrected which, in turn, caused the truck to overturn. Some of the passengers, as a result of the impact and overturning, were thrown onto the pavement. The only occupant of the vehicle wearing a seat belt was the driver – Nickolas Wagy.
The driver, identified as Nickolas Wagy, 18, of Weston, suffered minor injuries. According to the report, he was the only one wearing a seatbelt. It was reported that 2 died in the pick up truck accident and 3 were injured. See Fellow Weston students mourn, pray for 2 Killed, 3 Injured in Alligator Alley Crash
Five of the six students attended Cypress Bay High School. The news was very stressful for the other students at the high school and the community as a whole.
A simple ride in a pick up truck can lead to deadly consequences. Pick up trucks were not manufactured (from a safety standpoint) to haul or transport passengers in the bed of the truck. Whether the trip is just around the corner or a longer journey, children and adults alike should avoid riding in a pick up truck. The driver and owner of the pick up truck should refrain from driving any person in the back of a pick up truck. Other arrangements can and should be made for the safety of children and adults alike.