My Fox Tampa Bay reports that a Citrus County man died on Friday evening, April 8, after the lawnmower he was using to pull a homemade trailer was struck by a pickup truck. The accident occurred as the 45-year-old man was traveling on the shoulder of State Road 200 in Hernando, FL, and was trying to cross East Brave Lane.
The man reportedly pulled onto the road where he was hit by a 2005 Ford F-350 pickup truck. Both the truck and the lawnmower ended up on the east side of the road. The truck driver and his passenger were not injured in the collision, whereas the man riding the lawnmower was taken to Citrus Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 9 p.m. There is not much more information in this story but Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) plans to conduct an investigation into the cause of the collision.
Our condolences are extended to the friends and family of the man who lost his life due to this tragedy.
Without much more information, I would want to know why the man riding the lawnmower pulled onto SR 200. Was his vehicle out of control or defective in some way? Was there excess speed by either party? Was there debris in the road or some reason the truck driver did not see the smaller vehicle and try to avert a crash? It would also be important to check whether or not drugs or alcohol played any part in this collision.
The Florida personal injury attorneys at Farah & Farah work with a team that includes accident investigators, case managers, and accident reconstruction experts. Only when we put together the pieces of an accident can we determine the degree to which one or both parties contribute to a crash. Call Farah & Farah if you would like an opportunity to discuss your personal injury case. You may be able to be compensated for the costs associated with your injury from the responsible party.