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Police are investigating cause of fatal car accident

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Monday, January 25, troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol were called to the scene of a crash on Interstate 4. When they arrived at the scene, they discovered that the car accident was fatal. Two people lost their lives and a third suffered severe injuries.

Preliminary reports show that a pickup truck and a car were both traveling in the same direction on the interstate. At some point, the car -- which was traveling behind the pickup truck -- slammed into the back of the truck. The impact sent the pickup over the guardrail.

During the crash, the 35-year-old driver of the pickup truck and one of its passengers, a 21-year-old man, were thrown from the vehicle. Both of them suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene. The second passenger, also a 21-year-old man, survived the crash with severe injuries. He was taken from the crash site by helicopter. At last report, he remained hospitalized, and his condition was considered to be critical.

The driver of the car that rear-ended the truck, a 27-year-old man, suffered only minor injuries. The investigation is ongoing. However, troopers did confirm that charges are pending.

The families of the two deceased victims retain the right to file wrongful death claims in connection with this tragic car accident. Furthermore, the surviving passenger may file a personal injury claim as well. If it is established that the victims' injuries -- fatal or otherwise -- were due to the negligence of another, a Florida court might consider awarding damages to the victim's families and the survivor.

Source: wesh.com, "Troopers ID victims of fatal I-4 crash", Jan. 26, 2016

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