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February 22 Plagued by Traffic Fatalities in Tampa Bay


The death of a 14-year-old boy on Feb. 24, 2020, is the latest in a series of tragedies from fatal car accidents in the Tampa Bay Area this month. The crash that killed the teenager originally took place on Saturday, Feb. 22 near Turkey Creek Road when a 2008 Ford Escape driven by a 17-year-old crossed the center line and hit a delivery truck head-on. The driver and another 15-year-old passenger died at the scene, but the 14-year-old who died Monday was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center in critical condition. The 61-year-old driver of the delivery truck was also transported to the hospital in serious condition, but the Tampa Bay Times did not provide any updates as to his condition.

On the same day, another wrong-way collision claimed the life of a 43-year-old man who crossed the grass median of Adamo Drive and began traveling eastbound in the westbound lane. According to Fox 13 News, the Toyota Camry collided with a concrete barrier wall before being redirected into the travel lanes. The car then collided head-on with another vehicle, becoming airborne and striking a third vehicle. Eventually, the Camry careened off the Adamo Drive Bridge over the Tampa Bypass Canal. The vehicle sank to the bottom and took approximately 3 hours for authorities to remove from the water. One man died and 3 people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Saturday, Feb. 22 also marked the death of an 84-year-old woman who succumbed to her injuries weeks after sustaining them in a Feb. 6 car accident in Pasco County. The woman was a passenger in a 2008 Mercedes that was involved in a left-turn collision at the intersection of Beacon Woods Drive and US-19. Per the Florida Highway Patrol, the Mercedes entered the path of a motorcyclist, who promptly collided with the vehicle’s passenger side. Both the car and the motorcycle spun and were struck by a 2002 Chrysler van. All individuals involved in the collision suffered serious injuries. One fatality occurred on Saturday at the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

Affected By A Fatal Accident?

If you were affected by a fatal car accident or any of the collisions described above, our team at the Paulsen Law Group offers you our deepest condolences. We also want you to know that you have legal options to help you recover from any injuries or losses you may have sustained in the crash.

To learn more about filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit with our firm, contact us at (888) 352-7180 or request a free consultation online.

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