A 38-year-old woman is in critical condition after driving between 78 and 83 mph in a Julington Creek neighborhood and crashing into a tree and power pole. It happened Tuesday night, July 1 on Flora Branch Road where the speed is 35 mph according to an article on News4Jax.com.
The driver is identified as Donna McCulloch. She is in critical condition at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. There were no other vehicles involved. For hours after the crash, McCulloch was trapped inside her car with live electric lines down threatening the rescuers. JEA had to arrive to cut the power from the live wires before they could get her out of the car.
McCulloch was wearing her seat belt. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.
Our prayers go out to this woman for a full recovery. Investigators have no idea at this time why she was speeding in a quiet neighborhood.
What Caused This Accident?
Further tests will be conducted on the driver to see if any substances were involved.
Because there is so little information in this news report, it is difficult to know why this accident occurred. If I was a member of her family, I would want to know what led up to this excessive speeding. It is possible she had a medical condition or that the car was faulty in some way. The family should know if her accident was caused by a Florida vehicle defect or a mechanical malfunction. It is also possible that another driver may have cut her off on the road or there was something she was trying to avoid, perhaps an animal or debris in the road.
If the vehicle failed to protect this woman, or was defective in some way as to cause the accident, a third-party claim can be filed against the auto maker. A reputable Jacksonville auto accident attorney will always be willing to meet with family members and help them find the answers to these troubling questions and begin an investigation while evidence is still available.