Last week, the driver of a pickup truck carrying four Broward County teenagers lost control and rolled into a canal, killing one teen and injuring another. According to witnesses, a four door Toyota Tacoma driven by 18-year-old Vincent Terracciano was traveling westbound on Krome Avenue when the vehicle suddenly veered off of the dirt road near Okeechobee Road. The teens were reportedly headed to Mack’s Fish Camp to swim and fish on their first day of summer vacation. Instead, the owner of the camp, Keith Jones, pulled the four boys from the partially submerged vehicle.
Following the crash, three of the four teens remained conscious. According to Jones, the boys were trapped inside of the pickup with a small air pocket. Jones reportedly used a piece of farm machinery to roll the truck upright before he pulled all four young men from the vehicle. Jones stated he performed CPR on the unconscious teen, 18-year-old Nathan Northrup of Davie, until rescue crews arrived. Northrup was taken by emergency helicopter to Memorial Regional Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Emergency responders also took 17-year-old Ricardo Vera to Memorial Hospital Miramar by ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver and another 18-year-old passenger were not injured in the crash.
According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, drug and alcohol use was not a suspected factor in the accident. Although the cause of the crash is currently being investigated by the Sheriff’s Traffic Homicide Unit, investigators reportedly believe excessive speed played a role in the incident.
Unfortunately, automobile collisions are one of the most common causes of personal injury and wrongful death in Florida. A car, motorcycle, or truck accident such as this one often occurs when you least expect it. Car accidents can potentially cause a wide range of complex injuries and lifelong disabilities. Tragically, motor vehicle collisions can also result in the death of your loved one.
If you were hurt or lost a family member in a motor vehicle crash, you may be eligible to receive financial payment for medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, disability, pain, suffering, and funeral expenses. A capable Miami personal injury lawyer can help you file your claim.
Call Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. at (305) 371-6000 if you lost a loved one in an unexpected automobile accident. Our dedicated South Florida wrongful death attorneys have more than 40 years of experience litigating a wide variety of complex injury, accident, and negligence cases. At Gerson & Schwartz, our dedicated lawyers are committed to helping you get the compensation you deserve following the loss of a family member. To speak with a hardworking wrongful death attorney about your case, contact Gerson and Schwartz, P.A. through the law firm’s website.
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