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The burned wreckage of this overturned vehicle makes it difficult to tell what model car it was. Two people died and two others were seriously injured in Ponte Vedra Beach early Saturday morning, January 21, when the 2005 Chevy Impala they were in crashed and overturned, causing the car to catch on fire. The single-vehicle crash occurred around 2:50 a.m. on A1A at Broken Pottery Drive. News4Jax.com reports the Impala was heading north when, for some reason, it ran off the left side of the road, then ran back across the road and went off the east shoulder where the Impala hit a tree, rolled over, and landed on its roof where it caught fire. The 23-year-old driver and his front seat passenger, a 24-year-old male, both from Jacksonville, were trapped in the burning vehicle and both died at the scene. The two back seat passengers, a 22-year-old female from Hortense, Georgia, and a 24-year-old from Jacksonville, escaped but were seriously injured. One woman was airlifted to Shands Medical Center in Jacksonville and the other went to Baptist Beaches Medical Center.

Comments to the Channel 4 site said two girls from nearby Ponte Vedra High School helped rescue the two young women from the burning vehicle.

A1A south of Mickler Road was closed for several hours after the crash. Our condolences go out to the two young men killed. Let’s pray the two women survive their injuries.
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has made no secret of his plan. He wants to reform the state’s personal injury protection, or PIP, insurance which requires every driver in Florida to have $10,000 in auto insurance to cover medical bills in case they are injured in a car crash. PIP goes back to 1972 and was intended to get a person medical benefits following an auto accident no matter who was at fault. But this is 2012 and some have seen PIP as a way to earn a fast $10,000 by staging accidents and fraudulently claiming injuries and lost wages.

Florida auto accident attorneys understand the reality that PIP still provides a safety net to keep some people afloat following an auto accident while traditional insurance may not.

Gov. Scott has been joined in his mission to overturn PIP by state Sen. Joe Negron who on Monday, January 9, filed a bill- SB 1860. The bill targets fraud which the Associated Press reports costs Floridians $1 billion every year. Some insured drivers who live in high fraud areas are paying several hundred dollars more in insurance premiums due to PIP fraud, according to the report.
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This crash had all the potential to be very serious after a 31-year-old drove the wrong way into downtown Jacksonville with police following him. The man was in a 2005 Buick LeSabre heading west in the eastbound lanes of the Arlington Expressway and the Mathews Bridge when he hit a 27-year-old female driver, according to a report in the Florida Times-Union, who was not injured. The man kept driving after the crash and was finally stopped by officers at Addison Road following the use of stop sticks, which punctured the tire of the fleeing vehicle. Inside the vehicle, law enforcement found a small amount of marijuana and an open bottle of Crown Royal whiskey. The man was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving on the wrong side of a divided highway, as well as leaving an accident scene and being in possession of an open alcohol bottle and marijuana.

Fortunately, no one was killed by this reckless driver and police used sound judgment to stop the offender before he could travel any further and put the public in danger.

The citizen group Voices Insisting on Pursuit Safety was formed after many innocent civilians were killed over the years by police pursuits. The group estimates four or five bystanders are killed every week in the U.S. as the result of police chases. Ultimately, it is up to individual police departments to establish their own pursuit policy.
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There is a lot of tragedy to report this holiday season with a number of older folks killed on our roadways in cars or on foot. In this case, an 83-year-old Palm Coast man was killed and his wife, age 78, is in critical condition after their car left a St. Augustine road and hit a tree. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports that for an unknown reason the couple’s Kia Soul drifted off U.S. Highway 1 near Shores Boulevard at the St. Augustine Shores neighborhood around 7:18 p.m. The vehicle first crashed into a concrete culvert, then a tree, before it rotated to a stop. The man died at the scene and his wife was taken to Flagler Hospital, then Shands Jacksonville.

The sad thing is that the man was not wearing his seat belt. His wife was wearing hers. There is no word in this story from News4jax.com about why the car may have left the road during the early evening hours. Our sincere condolences go out to the friends and family of this couple for their loss. Let’s all pray that the wife survives her injuries.
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A North Florida man was trapped in a retention pond and called his wife begging for help on his cell phone hours before his body was found. The 39-year-old had returned from a party early Sunday morning, December 11, and decided to leave home around 2:30 a.m. to go to the store to get some milk and stop by a friend’s house. About six minutes after leaving home he called his wife and, according to The Florida Times-Union, he yelled for her to come help him. He had apparently missed a turn at Pilar Lane and Mount Pleasant Road and driven into a retention pond.

She spent several hours looking for his vehicle but was unsuccessful in finding his car, which was eventually spotted by a landscaping crew on Sunday morning. The man was found dead in the back seat. He was reported missing about 11 a.m. Sunday. He and his wife have four children.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family for the loss of this man, husband, and father.
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car-silver-3622302.jpgThe website Carinsurancecomparison.com compiled data from federal sources, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and the American Motorists Association to find out which states have the worst drivers. As you might expect, Florida ranks highest in the number of tickets given out, which also means auto insurance is higher than in other states with safer drivers. Florida ranked 50 on the scale, a high number that indicates the number of bad drivers. Florida ranks fourth with 37 fatalities per million miles driven, and sits in seventh place for the number of drunk drivers and at the bottom for the carelessness of drivers. Florida also hands out more tickets per capita than other states.

The insurance group concludes the further south you travel, the worse the drivers and dangers on the road are, with the southern half of the country home to nine of the 10 worst states for drivers.
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Most people know driving tired is a problem, but that still does not keep them off the road. A recent study by AAA finds that two in five adults admitted to falling asleep while driving. Detroit is coming to the rescue with new technology to awaken a fatigued driver and hopefully avoid an accident. According to an article in MSNBC, the 2013 Lincoln MKS sedan comes equipped with a Lane Keeping System that sounds an alert if the vehicle senses the driver is drifting out of his or her lane. Not only does an alarm sound, but the steering wheel will nudge the vehicle back into its lane. If it happens again, an image of a coffee cup will flash on the dash signaling its time to pull over and rest.

In 2013, a Lexus will come with a special camera that watches for the head movements of tired drivers. Also, a Mercedes-Benz will flash a warning if it senses a tired driver through the steering wheel inputs.
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One wrong move on the highway and two lives were lost in a tragic accident. It happened Sunday afternoon, November 27, when a couple from northwest St. Johns County was northbound on Interstate 95 with two passengers in their van. According to a story by News4jax, the 64-year-old driver and his 59-year-old wife were changing lanes to pass a pickup truck. The van hit the right rear bumper of the truck, causing the van’s driver to lose control. The vehicle then hit a tree in the median and the van rolled. The couple was killed in the crash, and the two passengers were taken to Halifax Hospital in serious condition. The crash happened just south of Daytona Beach around 3 p.m. in Osteen, Florida. The driver and passenger in the pickup truck were not injured in the crash.

Our sincere condolences go out to the friends and family members of this couple for their loss. Let’s pray that the other two injured victims have a speedy recovery.
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At a red light, everybody is supposed to stop their vehicle. This didn’t happen Friday night, November 25, and a 78-year-old Clermont man is dead as a result. Traffic was stopped on U.S. Highway 27 while elderly man was northbound and stopped with others at Citrus Tower Boulevard in Clermont at about 5 p.m., however, a 21-year-old driving a pickup truck didn’t see the red light and hit a car, which rammed into the van driven by the 78-year-old, which continued on to hit two more cars and an SUV, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).

While five people had minor injuries, the 21-year-old driver was in Orlando Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. There is no word in this story from The Orlando Sentinel why the elderly man in the van died while others did not in this chain-reaction crash. The only explanation offered by the FHP is that the 21-year-old didn’t see the cars stopped at the red light.

Our condolences are extended to the friends and family of this man for his passing.
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Channel 4 in Jacksonville reported that a single-vehicle car crash in Flagler County on November 16 took the life of a young female passenger. The car was southbound on U.S. 1 just north of Matanzas Woods Parkway. A 26-year-old man was behind the wheel when, around 2:30 a.m., he failed to round a curve, went off the road, and hit several trees. The Toyota Camry then rolled, ejecting both the driver and the passenger who were not wearing seat belts, according to the Florida Highway Patrol report. While the young woman was killed at the scene, the male driver was taken to the Halifax Trauma unit. We have no word on his condition.

There is no additional information in this story as to whether or not charges will be filed or whether blood-alcohol tests were taken, though that would be standard in a crash of this type.

Someone writing to Flaglerlive.com noted that the day before was the birthday of the young driver. His friends and co-workers have nothing but kind words for him and everyone commenting is very saddened by the loss of this beautiful and kind young woman. Our condolences are extended to all of her friends and family for her sudden loss.
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