Family and friends are mourning Christopher Tucker, 33, who died in a single vehicle accident, according to an article on News4Jax.com. Tucker was the passenger in a car being driven by Meaghan Parmenter, 25 of Starke, Florida. The Keystone Heights man and his fiancé were traveling early Saturday, July 17, around 4 a.m. when the Dodge Caliber, heading south on Blanding Boulevard, left the road and hit a tree. Tucker died at the scene. Parmenter was taken to Shands Hospital in Gainesville. She is reported to be in stable condition.
Our condolences go out to the friends and family of Tucker who was also was the father of a nine-year-old boy. Our prayers are extended to that boy for his loss.
Florida Car Accident Statistics
Clay County had 1,574 crashes in 2008, a drop from the previous year. Sixteen people lost their lives in those auto accidents, a slight increase over the 15 fatalities in that county in 2008.
The cause of this crash remains a mystery but blood tests were taken on the driver, Parmenter, to determine if she may have been driving intoxicated by drugs or alcohol. Others speculate that a deer might have come out of the wooded area causing the car to go off the road.
An experienced Florida auto accident attorney would want to know if there was a defective tire that might have caused the crash or seat belts that failed to protect its occupants. In that case, a product liability lawsuit can be filed on behalf of the injured or in the case of a wrongful death.
One thing we have learned through our experience at Farah and Farah is never to assume. The truth as to the cause of the accident and the at-fault party may not be obvious.