WINK News reported a Lehigh Acres crash caused by speed and alcohol killed a motorist and injured a passenger on Wednesday evening. The driver of a 2000 Dodge Caravan and his passenger were traveling south on East Third Street when he tried to make a left-hand turn on a sweeping curve.
Reportedly, the motorist was traveling at a high rate of speed, which caused the van to leave the road and collide into a sign on the side of the road. After hitting the sign, the van came back onto the road, traveling across traffic before crashing into a rock barrier on the left side of the road. After hitting the barrier, the vehicle struck a utility pole before coming to a rest on its side.
The motorist was ejected from the car and died at the scene due to his injuries. Police report said he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The 29-year-old passenger managed to crawl out of the vehicle. She was taken to a local hospital for her injuries.
Law enforcement believes alcohol and speed were involved in the accident, but their investigation continues.
In a single-car accident, it is possible for the passenger to have a claim against the driver if the driver was at fault in causing the crash. If fault can be proven against the driver in a single-vehicle accident, it is possible for an injured passenger to receive compensation for their injuries from the driver’s insurance company or from uninsured motorist insurance available to the passenger.
Reports indicate alcohol was a factor in the crash. Attorney Jim Dodson is the author of the Florida DUI Accident Victims’ Guide. If you or someone you know is involved in an alcohol-related accident, get your free copy today by ordering online or calling Kati at 888-207-0905.