A driver was killed in a collision on U.S. 301 on the evening of Friday, September 17 after another vehicle blew through a red light without stopping.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 10:43 p.m. just north of downtown Sarasota, and resulted in lane closures on each direction as deputies from the Sarasota County Police and troopers from the FHP investigated the collision.
FHP reports indicated the victim was a 26-year-old man. He had been driving west on Myrtle Street through the intersection, where he was truck by a vehicle heading north that drove through the intersection on U.S. 301 against a red light. The Sarasota man’s vehicle crashed into a bus stop shelter on the northwest side of the intersection before settling in a ditch.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts and had no passengers at the time of the accident. The driver who drove through the red light sustained only minor injuries in the accident. Charges were pending a completed investigation.
Drivers expected to obey traffic signals
All drivers are expected at all times to obey the rules of the road, which means watching and following traffic signals they encounter. A failure to do so not only endangers everyone else on the road, but also could result in the delinquent driver being liable in any ensuing personal injury claims.
Evidence of running through a traffic sign or signal, which could include a citation or witness testimony, could be sufficient to prove liability on the part of an offending driver in an accident case.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.