Blowout Wreck Blamed on Bad Tires

There seem to be a lot of these cases lately.

A Florida SUV rollover accident on Monday, June 21, left a woman critically injured after she rolled her car and it burst into flames on I-95.

Florida Today identifies her as 19-year-old Katherine Parker of Stanford, Florida. Parker was heading northbound on I-95 in the Palm Bay area when her tire separated. Her SUV drifted into the median and then rolled at least three times. It burst into flames, but Parker had been thrown from the vehicle and was pulled out of the erupting car by a witness. The accident happened in Palm Bay at Mile Marker 170 and Palm Bay Fire-Rescue crews responded.

Parker is lucky to be alive and is in critical condition at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida. Her friend writes that she always wears her seat belt.

The accident is the second one in the area in less than 24 hours that likely resulted from a tire that blew on an interstate. The other accident occurred Tuesday, June 22, in north Brevard County. Also in this case a driver, age 19, was involved. He was behind the wheel of a 1999 Ford pickup that blew a tire and then rolled. That driver is also in critical condition and his passenger is in serious condition.

Though we don’t know what kind of SUV Parker was driving, Ford Explorers have a higher rate of tire-related accidents than other SUVs, especially those equipped with Goodyear or Firestone Tires.

It has been unusually hot in Florida and on the highway the combination of heat and speed and under-inflated tires can all lead to tire separations. It is advised that you check your tire pressure this time of year. Let’s pray that these young drivers pull through their injuries.