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Parking lot of doctor's office became scene of fatal car accident

Florida residents are often careful walking through parking lots to be sure that they are not hit by a car. However, once they get onto the sidewalk, most people feel comfortable that they are no longer in harm's way. Tragically, every now and then, a car accident occurs in which a pedestrian is struck when he or she should have been out of harm's way.

For example, police were called to the parking lot of a doctor's office. When they arrived, they discovered that a car hit a 40-year-old woman who worked in the office. She was taken to a hospital in the area, but it was too late. She died as a result of her injuries.

The driver of that car was another employee, a 58-year-old woman. At approximately 7:50 a.m., she pulled into the back parking lot. The other employee had just gotten out of her car and was heading to work. For a reason that is not yet known, the woman's car suddenly accelerated. When it did, it jumped the curb, went through some shrubbery and crashed into the other employee.

The accident remains under investigation, and it is not known whether criminal charges will be filed. The victim's family may exercise its right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver, and possibly other parties, seeking restitution for the financial losses incurred in the aftermath of the car accident. Before any request for specific items of damages will be considered, a Florida court must determine that the driver and/or any other party's negligence caused or contributed to the accident.

Source: baynews9.com, "Winter Haven police investigate fatal crash in parking lot", Saundra Weathers, July 23, 2015

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