February 25, 2013 – Pinellas Park

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Olda Maldonado was seriously injured when she was struck by a car driven by Kimberly Farabaugh on 49th St near 84th Ave N.  Florida Statute 316.130, titled “Pedestrians, traffic regulations,” provides that “every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian or any person propelling a human-powered vehicle and give warning when necessary and exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any obviously confused or incapacitated person.”  This statute entitles an injured pedestrian or bicyclist to a jury instruction at trial regarding a motorist’s responsibility to take evasive action.  See Beeman v. Cosmides, 825 So….

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February 24, 2013 – Tampa

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Enrique Ortiz was killed when he was struck by a car driven by Gladys Devos on Perrine Ranch Rd near Old Farm Rd.  Florida Statute 316.130, titled “Pedestrians, traffic regulations,” provides that “every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian or any person propelling a human-powered vehicle and give warning when necessary and exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any obviously confused or incapacitated person.”  This statute entitles an injured pedestrian or bicyclist to a jury instruction at trial regarding a motorist’s responsibility to take evasive action.  See Beeman v. Cosmides, 825 So….

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February 24, 2013 – Tampa

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Javier Mercado-Cebollero was killed when his motorcycle struck a van driven by Elias Tenorio on Erlich Rd near Hutchinson Rd.  Tenorio reportedly pulled out of a driveway in front of Mercado-Cebollero while attempting to turn left on to Erlich Rd.  Florida Statute 316.125, titled “Vehicle entering highway from private road or driveway or emerging from alley, driveway or building,” provides that “The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from an alley, building, private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the highway to be entered which are so close thereto as…

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February 24, 2013 – St. Petersburg

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Guadalupe Martinez was injured when her car was rear-ended by a car driven by Darren Adderly, Jr. on Gandy Blvd near the Crab Shack restaurant.  Martinez was reportedly slowing down when the accident occurred.  After the accident, Martinez’s vehicle ran into the Crab Shack.  A passenger in Adderly’s car, Adam Gonzalez, was also injured.  Florida Statute 316.1925, titled “Careless driving,” provides that “Any person operating a vehicle upon the streets or highways within the state shall drive the same in a careful and prudent manner, having regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and all other attendant circumstances, so as…

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February 21, 2013 – Pinellas Park

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John Britt was killed when his car collided with a semi-tractor trailer driven by Daniel Oney at the intersection of 49th St N and 118th Ave N.  The intersection is controlled by traffic lights in all directions.  Britt reportedly ran a red light, however, unless there is a traffic camera at the intersection the only way to prove the color of the light at the time of the accident is through witness testimony, which is not always reliable.

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February 21, 2013 – Tampa

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Carol Browning was seriously injured when the car she was driving collided with a semi-tractor trailer driven by David Flint at the intersection of 78th St and Progress Blvd.  Browning’s car subsequently crashed into another truck.  The intersection is controlled by traffic lights in all directions.  Flint reportedly ran a red light, however, unless there is a traffic camera at the intersection the only way to prove the color of the light at the time of the accident is through witness testimony, which is not always reliable.

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February 19, 2013 – Thonotosassa

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Cheryl Wiethoff was killed when her vehicle ran head-on into a vehicle driven by Lacey Pfirrman on U.S. Hwy. 301 near the intersection of Breckenridge Pkwy.  Wiethoff was reportedly driving northbound in the southbound lanes of U.S. Hwy. 301.  Pfirrman was also seriously injured in the crash.  Florida Statute 316.081, titled “Driving on right side of roadway, exceptions,” states that a driver is required to drive on the right side of the road, unless certain exceptions apply.

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February 15, 2013 – Palm Harbor

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Richard Hardy was seriously injured when his motorcycle struck a car driven by Ariel Andrade at the intersection of Tampa Rd and Katherine Blvd.  Andrade turned left from eastbound Tampa Rd onto northbound Katherine Blvd in front of Hardy who was westbound on Tampa Rd.  Andrade fled the scene after the crash and was later arrested.  Florida Statute 316.122, titled “Vehicle turning left,” states that “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, or vehicles…

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February 15, 2013 – Tampa

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Troy Yambura was killed when he was thrown from his motorcycle after it struck the passenger side of a truck driven by Randall Crowe at the intersection of Hillsborough Ave and Orient Rd.  Crowe was reportedly attempting to make a left turn from westbound Hillsborough Ave onto southbound Orient Rd in front of Yambura who was eastbound on Hillsborough Ave.  Florida Statute 316.122, titled “Vehicle turning left,” states that “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the…

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