On Tuesday morning, just before 6:00, Suprice, a Deltona resident, was behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer as he made his way down one of the right, westbound lanes of Interstate 4, outside of Orlando. At the same time, a man named Pollard was driving a Kia in the leftmost western bound lane. Suprice told members of the Florida Highway Patrol that as he neared State Road 408 he heard a surprisingly loud boom from his truck. Then he lost control of the vehicle. Pollard had been trying to pass the tractor-trailer, and at the time when Suprice claims he heard a loud noise the Kia was directly to the tractor-trailer’s left side.
The resulting moments were terrifying for both Spurice and Pollard, as the truck swerved into the left lane, collided with the Kia, then swerved back into the right lane only to swerve once more into the left lane and crush the Kia against the highway’s center barrier. At this point, the tractor trailer flipped over, directly on top of the Kia.
This is an update to a story we published last week. When the previous story was written, none of the individuals involved had been named, and an investigation into the events was still in its earliest stages. Now, more factors have emerged that make it worthwhile to write a follow-up.
As we wrote before, the Jaws of Life were required in order to cut the roof from Pollard’s Kia and pull him from the vehicle. He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he subsequently received attention for non-life-threatening injuries he sustained to both his head and upper back.
The crash caused an estimated $2,000 in damages to the barrier walls along the highway, $15,000 worth of damage to the Kia, and $25,000 worth of damage to Spurice’s truck. Although no official monetary amount has been given for the medical attention received by Pollard during the initial addressing of his injuries, it is likely that this number will be similarly high. It was not immediately clear in either report whether or not Suprice suffered from injuries during the accident.
A final update to the story indicates that Suprice has been issued a citation due to his failure to stay in the proper lane.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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