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November 23, 2011

A Flagler Beach woman is facing charges in connection with a 2010 car accident that gravely injured her grandson. Police say the 43-year-old woman and her grandson were traveling on Old Kings Road in Palm Coast on September 19, 2010 when she lost control of her vehicle. The vehicle collided with a telephone pole, and the collision was so violent that the car was split in two by the impact. The boy suffered critical injuries in the accident and was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, where doctors induced a coma that lasted nearly two weeks to save his life. The driver suffered minor injuries in the crash and, according to the Flagler County Clerk of Court, now faces felony charges of DUI and DUI with serious bodily injury.

The Florida Highway Patrol has filed citations in connection with the accident, but the State Attorney’s Office has not yet announced when or if they will file formal charges. FHP Lieutenant Bill Leeper recently issued an official statement in connection with the charges. He said, “The toxicology reports came back, and she had some drugs in her system. They were prescription drugs so we have to get the amount (of drugs in her system) quantified to determine if it rises to the level of impairment. She’ll be charged with something. (The charges) depend on the opinion about whether those drugs impaired her.”

Orlando personal injury lawyer has been following this case closely and was pleased to learn that the grandson recently finished a year of physical rehabilitation and is expected to rejoin his classmates in school in the near future. Mr. Cunningham has grown increasingly concerned about the rise in prescription medication-related auto accidents in Central Florida over the last few years and the number of people injured and killed in these accidents.

If you or a close family member has been injured in an accident caused by a driver under the influence of legal or illegal drugs, including alcohol, and you would like to explore your legal options, contact Mr. Cunningham today. During your free consultation, Mr. Cunningham will explain Florida laws in clear language so that you and your family can make informed decisions about which course of action will be best for you. Call him today at 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000 to get an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney on your side!

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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