A 98-year-old man was killed after an overnight crash in which he drove through a red light and was hit by a Pasco County deputy’s patrol car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The Holiday man was driving a 2010 Ford Escape west on Darlington Avenue when he failed to yield to northbound traffic on U.S. 19, troopers said. The patrol car struck the driver’s side of the Escape.
The man was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where he died from his injuries.
The 30-year-old New Port Richey deputy was transporting a member of the sheriff’s office’s youth Explorers program. Both the deputy and the youth were taken to a hospital with minor injuries as a precaution, the sheriff’s office said.
Although running a red light might not seem like a big deal, it is a very dangerous traffic violation. Running a red light is the number one cause of car accidents in urban areas. According to reports, nearly 165,000 people are injured each year when a driver runs a red light.
Drivers run red lights for many different reasons. The most common is because they are just “in a hurry.” Another leading cause is driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Those who are not driving under the influence may think they can clear the intersection before the yellow signal turns red. Others are simply distracted and not paying proper attention to the road.
If you are injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver who is guilty of a red light violation, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your suffering. A Pasco County Auto Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you obtain reimbursement for your medical costs, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses. We are dedicated to assisting Pasco County residents who have been injured due to the negligence of others.
Call us today at 727-847-2299 or contact us online for a free consultation.