On Christmas Eve, December 24, near Cocoa, a 44-year-old man was hit and killed by a van on U.S. 1. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports that the collision happened at 7:50 p.m. near City Point north of State Road 528. The pedestrian was trying to cross west-to-east, according to a report in Florida Today, when he was hit by a 59-year-old driving a 2000 Dodge Caravan. The pedestrian was taken to Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge but was pronounced dead. The driver of the van was not injured.
This was the second fatal crash this week in Cocoa. On Thursday night, December 22, a 49-year-old man from Melbourne was killed when he lost control of his 2002 Ford SUV on U.S. 1 north of Cocoa around 8:36 p.m., according to Florida Today. According to the report, the Explorer driver was trying to pass a slower vehicle, but instead went off the road on the right shoulder, overturned, and ended up on its left side. The man inside was hospitalized where he died. He was wearing a seat belt, according to Florida Today, but this crash is under investigation by the FHP. The 2002 model Ford is a few years before the automaker installed electronic stability control because these SUVs are notoriously unstable.
Our condolences go out to this friends and family of both of these men for their losses.
These are very sad tragedies to experience during the holidays. Let’s pray that the survivors recover from their injuries.
Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
Even though we don’t know the cause of these accidents, December is part of a special month to cut down on dangerous driving. Thousands of law enforcement agencies around the country are part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign which lasts through January 2, 2012. During last year’s holiday season, approximately 35 percent of the traffic deaths in our state were alcohol-related.
This is a very good time to have a designated driver, use mass transit, or call a taxi. And if you see someone intoxicated and driving, driving aggressively, or your car breaks down, call *FHP (*347) to alert the Florida Highway Patrol.
The pedestrian accident attorneys in Jacksonville with the law firm of Farah & Farah would like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year!