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.
A traffic accident investigator will look at many factors to decide what caused an accident, but one of the more recent causes of car crashes can be determined if there is no attempt to stop the car before it crashed. Look for tire skid marks in the road. If there are none, check the cell phone records to determine if the young man was texting at the time of the crash.
There could be other causes, and that is where an experienced Lake County auto accident attorney with Farah & Farah can take the lead and determine what happened and identify who is the at-fault driver, responsible for compensating the other drivers for their losses. Farah & Farah is a phone call away at (800) 533-3555.