On October 10th, 2015, a Brevard County woman was struck and killed in a head-on collision with a vehicle that was headed in the opposite direction. 20-year-old Keri DeMott was headed westbound on State Road 407 near I-95 in Orlando during the very early hours of the morning. At the same time, 22-year-old Keith Pumphrey of Melbourne was headed eastbound. Around 12:30 a.m., Pumphrey’s 2004 Honda Pilot is reported to have drifted into the westbound lanes, hitting DeMott’s 2001 Honda CR-V head-on. When emergency personnel arrived at the scene, Pumphrey was found to be in critical condition and taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center; unfortunately, his accidental victim was not so lucky. Keri DeMott was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
DeMott was a sociology student at the University of Central Florida, working on her third semester of college at the time of the accident. Friends and family have expressed their grief and shared favorite memories of Keri on social media since the incident. Her father, Bill DeMott, well-known for having been a WWE NXT head trainer, has received numerous public condolences via social media, with everyone from wrestlers to fans and strangers chiming in with their support. Even so, one thing is certain: tough guy Bill DeMott is suffering from a tragedy no father should have to weather.
So far, no new updates have been released since a few days after the incident. The investigation by state troopers into the actual cause of the crash is still ongoing, and no criminal charges have been brought against Pumphrey at present. It is not certain whether the incident was a result of distracted driving, intoxication, vehicle malfunction, medical emergency or some other event, but until Florida State troopers complete their investigation, it remains unclear who or what is responsible for this gruesome tragedy.
If you’ve been injured in a similar car accident, it can be difficult to know where to turn or how to proceed financially and legally during such a traumatic and emotionally tumultuous time. Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has been assisting and representing victims of severe car accidents, helping them to navigate difficult legal terrain while they focus on healing. For experienced legal assistance with your case, contact us today at 888-FLA-AUTO (888-352-2886) to set up a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.
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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