A multi-car crash occurred in the evening of Friday, Oct. 8 in St. Petersburg. The accident involved at least four vehicles and sent a young man to the hospital with critical injuries. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident.
Details of the crash
According to news reports, a young man, aged 24, was driving in a Honda Del Sol along the northbound lanes of 34th Street North when he approached an intersection. Although witnesses offered differing accounts as to whether he actually ran a red light, all sources agree the young man sped up considerably as he approached and then passed through the intersection. This was when he lost control of his car and began spinning.
The Del Sol reportedly crossed over the median into the northbound lanes of travel, where it hit a Mercedes Sprinter van. Also travelling in that lane was a Ford F-150 pickup. The driver of the truck was unable to avoid collision and smashed into the Del Sol. Another vehicle, a Toyota Solara, could not stop in time and rear-ended the pickup. The young man driving the Del Sol was ejected from his car and suffering critical injuries.
Compensation for the victims
Three others who were involved in the crash were also taken to local hospitals with injuries described as minor. Nevertheless, if their accounts of the accident are correct regarding the Del Sol driver’s behavior preceding the crash, and if authorities confirm the young man’s apparent recklessness was materially responsible for causing the accident, those injured can elect to pursue personal injury claims against the driver and anyone else who has ownership of the car he was driving. Only after successfully showing negligence or wrongdoing on the part of the Del Sol driver will the court adjudicate the claim and award damages to the victims.