A Sarasota man sustained significant injuries after his speeding vehicle flew off the road and into the air, where he then collided with a tree and crashed into the roof of a fire station in Manatee County.
According to troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred shortly before 6 a.m. on Sunday, December 20. The 41-year-old man was driving north in his 2011 Kia Optima when he approached the curve far too fast, leaving the roadway and going airborne. The sedan landed in an upright position, but the vehicle was totaled.
Fortunately, no one inside the station was injured. Paramedics at the station went to assist the driver and managed to remove him from the vehicle, and continued to provide care until he could be transported to the trauma center at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where he was listed as being in critical condition.
There may have been another vehicle involved in the accident, as investigators say a red vehicle may have driven off Honore Avenue and crashed into a warning light before leaving the scene.
Drivers must remain on the roadway
It should go without saying, but all drivers are expected to remain on the roadway. A failure to navigate turns is due to a driver’s own error in the vast majority of circumstances, and any injuries resulting from their failure to adhere to their road safety responsibilities can be considered their liability.
For more information about the legal steps to take if you’ve been injured by a negligent driver, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL auto accident lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.