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October 5, 2017

At approximately 1:30 in the afternoon on Saturday, September 23, 2017, three Florida brothers were injured, one of them fatally, in a tragic West Orange County auto accident that split the vehicle in half, according to Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes.

The middle brother, 26-year-old Ryan Sankar of Ocoee was driving a 2005 Nissan southbound on Apopka Vineland Road near Balboa Drive, when, for reasons unknown at this time, he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a utility pole, causing the car to split in two.  His passengers included his older brother Ronald, 28, who was ejected from the Nissan upon impact and died at the scene, and his younger brother Ricky, 20, who was critically injured in the accident.  The driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center along with Ricky Sankar, where they were immediately treated by medical personnel.  Florida Highway Patrol has since stated that Ronald Sankar was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident.  This accident is currently under investigation, and they do not believe alcohol was a factor.

According to statistics released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, an average 41% of Floridians that were killed in car accidents chose not to wear a seatbelt.  Also, research from the same study has shown that if the driver of the vehicle is male, their fatality rate is double that of a female driver.  Additionally, Florida participates in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which is designed to ensure driver and passenger seat belt safety at all times.  Just the simple task of buckling up your safety belt reduces your chance of serious injury in an accident by fifty percent.  Serious injuries that are typically associated with auto accidents may include:

  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Amputations
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Broken Bones
  • Back Injuries

For over thirty-five years, Orlando auto accident attorney James O. Cunningham has been helping victims of Florida car crashes.  To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY.

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