A sergeant with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office was arrested on Tuesday evening after colliding with a stop sign and a pedestrian crosswalk bridge near Disney World. The Florida Highway Patrol issued a report on the incident that indicates that 46-year-old Timothy Michael Craig was behind the wheel of his Toyota Tundra when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed. When the FHP arrived at the scene around 9:45 at night, they found Craig inside of his car where it came to a stop against the pedestrian bridge spanning Buena Vista Drive and Broadway.
Drunk Driving Accident
A sad and frightening series of events unfolded around 11:00 on Tuesday evening in Flagler Beach that resulted in the arrest of a 44-year-old woman who was subsequently charging with child neglect as well and a DUI while holding previous convictions for DUIs. Read the rest »
This past Saturday night, a Gainesville woman was pulled over after police were alerted to her erratic driving. According to the witness who called the police at around 10:30 in on Saturday night, a car was seen weaving around the road, several times leaving the road and driving along the sidewalk, and narrowly missing other cars. The witness who called the police began to follow the car as it turned off of Northwest 6th Street onto West University Avenue, but after the car sped through a red light the witness wisely abandoned pursuit. Read the rest »
A Lakeland woman died earlier this week from injuries sustained during an Orlando automobile accident. The 53 year old leaves behind a husband and five children. Read the rest »
Yet another Daytona Beach accident has left someone seriously injured. This incident took place on the afternoon of this past Monday, when a 30-year-old woman crashed into a telephone pole on Indian Lake Road. The Daytona Beach Police Department arrived quickly on the scene with the emergency response teams and their accounts have merged with those of several eyewitnesses to describe the situation as it occurred.
The official report states that Brittany Ward was behind the wheel of her pickup truck driving along Indian Lake Road. Her boyfriend, an unnamed 42-year-old, was in the passenger seat beside Ward. Witnesses to the crash said that Ward was driving faster than is appropriate for this stretch of road, and there is indication that she was piloting the vehicle well above the posted limit.
Losing control of the vehicle, Ward swerved off of the road and crashed into a telephone pole planted on the side of the asphalt. The impact was strong enough to buckle the passenger side of the car around the pole and make it impossible for the emergency response teams to open the door and withdraw the badly injured 42-year-old. In order to free the man, firefighters were forced to remove the entire roof of the vehicle, cutting through the metal with a powerful flame and then lifting the entire scalp of the car off by hand. Then they were able to reach in and pull the man onto a stretcher and transport him via helicopter to a hospital. According to the police, the injures suffered by the man were severe and numerous.
Ward, on the other hand, seems to have come out of the wreck relatively unscathed. She was arrested on the spot for driving while under the influence of alcohol. Details pertaining to any other suspicious agents acting within her system (such as drugs) have not been released, and it is not known whether or not the authorities have finished taking blood samples. It is similarly not known what the condition of the boyfriend is at this time, although as the investigation develops more details will become available.
Each year roughly 10,000 people are killed in alcohol-related accidents. That accounts for 31 percent of the deaths from motor vehicles each year. That does not account for the huge number of people who are injured each year in drunk driving accidents. The victims suffer debilitating injuries that cost the United States $59 billion each year.
A drunk driver is an unsafe driver. As you become intoxication, you lose the ability to track movements with your eyes and react to objects. As well, your reaction time slows. It takes longer to turn the steering wheel or press the brake. Finally, your ability to process information becomes slower. All of this adds up to create an awful situation for other people on the road.
Sometimes, accidents happen. They are tragic but can often be just a bad case of circumstances, like somebody doesn’t see another vehicle and turns into it. An accident in Orlando, however, just causes anyone to shake their heads.
It can take a liftime to become an experienced driver. Each new generation of drivers think they are the best, most talented, and can drive like the stuntmen seen in movies and on television. Those characteristics are a bad combination when mixed with alcohol, drugs, and a high-performance vehicle. In fact, they can be deadly.