A woman died and several other people, including two children, were seriously injured in a head-on collision on State Road 64 in the afternoon of Tuesday, July 14.
The woman was driving her Ford sedan at about 4:07 p.m. heading west on State Road 65 close to Verna Bethany Road. As she attempted to pass a vehicle in front of her, she hit a Chevy SUV heading east in the eastbound lanes. That vehicle was being driven by a 38-year-old man from Zolfo Springs.
Paramedics arrived soon after, and pronounced the woman dead at the scene. Two children (ages 10 and six) were transported via helicopter to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, where they were listed as being in critical condition with their injuries. The driver of the SUV was transported to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, and was listed as being in serious condition.
The Florida Highway Patrol continued to investigate the accident in the aftermath.
Must be clear to pass
It is legal to use the oncoming lane of traffic for passing other vehicles in single-lane highways, so long as it is in a passing zone and the way is clear. Any driver who wishes to pass in such an area is fully responsible for ensuring the way is clear before proceeding to pass. Otherwise there is significant risk of a wrong-way collision, which in turn comes with an elevated risk of fatalities or severe injuries.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver on the wrong side of the road, you have the legal right to seek compensation for your damages. For more information about proceeding with a personal injury claim, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL auto accident lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.