Three separate accidents in Duval County, Putnam County, and St. Johns County Florida lead to multiple deaths and serious injuries.
It was a deadly morning on the roads of Northeast Florida as five people died in three separate traffic accidents between midnight and 3:35 a.m. Friday.
In addition to the deaths, six people were hospitalized with serious injuries as a result of one of the accidents, said Lt. Bill Leeper, spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol.
In Putnam County, 20 year old Anthony McCaskill of Palatka Florida lost control of a 2004 Cadillac. The three occupants of the vehicle (Anthony McCaskill, Debry Coring, and Lamieh Thomas) all lost their lives. None of the occupants were wearing a seat belt. The parents of all the children will be entitled to some insurance and death benefits depending on the available insurance policies and coverages.
More teens died in an automobile accident in Duval County on Interstate 295.
A Saturn driven by 31-year-old Angela Harper of Middleburg went out of control while traveling at a high rate of speed. Jesse Harper, 13, of Middleburg was ejected and died at the scene. Five occupants were taken to Shands with serious injuries. These included Angela Harper, Steven Foster, Michelle Hansen, Kallie Hansen, and Gerald Gribbs. One passenger, Kayla Thompson, 16, of Orange Park, was taken to Baptist Medical Center South. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this accident.
Another death took place in St. Johns County Florida. A Jacksonville woman was driving south at a high rate of speed on Florida 13 near Switzerland which is located in the Northwest part of St. Johns County. The vehicle went off the road and then hit two trees.
A common thread in these three accidents were high rate of speed and loss of control. Many of the occupants were not wearing a seat belt. While wearing a seat belt is important and the law for front seat occupants, the failure to wear a seat belt is only factor in evaluating a case or claim of this nature.
For more information about these crashes, you can go to the Jacksonville Florida Times Union article at Deadly Crash on First Coast Florida Roads – 5 Dead.