PALMETTO – William Field, 80, of Ellenton, a Korean War veteran well known in the area for his involvement in veterans’ affairs, was killed Monday morning when his pickup was hit by a semi truck at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Haben Boulevard, the Bradenton Herald-Tribune reported.
Palmetto Police Deputy Chief Scott Tyler told the Herald-Tribune that Field was making a left turn from Haben Boulevard onto southbound U.S. 41 when Donald Thomas, 41, of Tampa, the driver of a 1998 International tractor-trailer truck traveling north on U.S. 41, reportedly ran a red light and struck the front of the 1999 Toyota pick-up truck Field was driving. Field was pronounced dead at the scene.
At the time of the news report, no charges had been filed as police were taking statements from the several witnesses to the crash.
Several Florida municipalities have installed red light cameras at dangerous intersections to catch drivers who run red lights on video. Tampa officials recently reported a significant reduction in intersection accidents in the year since the cameras were put in place. Considering that there is a history of fatalities at this intersection, it may be a good place to install one of the cameras.
When a person suffers serious injuries or loses a family member in a wrongful death as a result of another driver’s improper driving behavior, it is often possible to recover money as compensation for losses stemming from the accident.
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