Florida woman gets light sentence for causing pedestrian accident

A Florida woman who caused a fatal wreck in Manatee County in February will have her license suspended for a year for her role in the crash. In addition, she will be required to pay $1,000 in fines, along with court costs. Many people would agree that this relatively light punishment does not reflect the severity of the pedestrian accident that left three people dead and four others injured. Luckily, relatives and victims may be able to see justice served in civil court through the use of wrongful death and personal injury litigation.

Official reports show that the 79-year-old driver pressed the accelerator pedal instead of the brake when she was leaving a church service at the Sugar Creek Country Club in Manatee County. That club is in a retirement community designed for those ages 55 and older. When the woman stepped on the accelerator, she sent her SUV flying into a group of churchgoers. Her vehicle eventually came to rest inside a lake next to the building; she was not injured.

The defendant in this case pleaded no contest to allegations that she improperly backed up in her vehicle. Although some family members of the decedents say that they forgive the woman for causing the crash, others are disappointed that she received such a mild sentence, considering the nature of the crime. One widower told news reporters that the woman’s license should have been revoked years ago. Civil litigation is pending in this case.

People who have suffered serious injuries or endured the loss of a loved one because of a negligent driver may be entitled to financial compensation for a variety of civil claims. These victims deserve damages to pay for medical expenses, funeral costs and pain and suffering, among other claims. A Florida attorney may help clients learn more about filing a civil claim against a negligent driver who caused a serious pedestrian accident.

Source: First Coast News, “Woman license suspended after crash that killed 3” No author given, Apr. 03, 2014

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