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The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal hit-and-run crash at an intersection in Holiday Tuesday evening.

According to the agency, the crash involved a pedestrian walking into the path of a vehicle at the intersection of Flora Avenue and Brightwell Drive around 6:15 p.m.

The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

The vehicle involved in the crash fled the scene after impact.

Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact the Florida Highway Patrol at (813) 558-1800 or by texting *FHP. Anonymous tips can also be reported to Crime Stoppers at 800-873-TIPS.

Auto accidents happen every day across the state of Florida, but there is nothing worse than a hit-and-run accident. Florida law requires all drivers to stop when they are involved in an accident that results in damage to a vehicle, personal injury, or death. The law also requires that the drivers exchange information such as name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, license plate number, and insurance information. If a motorist chooses to flee the scene, this is considered a misdemeanor, but if the collision resulted in serious injury or death, then it is enhanced to a felony carrying a five year prison term.

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A 1-year-old boy in Wesley Chapel is in critical condition after Pasco County Fire rescue says he fell into a pool.

The near-drowning happened on Tremont Drive in Wesley Chapel around 7 p.m.

The boy has been transported to an area hospital. No further information is available at this time.

Drowning, in a swimming pool or another body of water, is a very real threat, especially to babies and young children. Drowning is the leading cause of all accidental deaths among children one to four years of age, and the next leading cause among all children from one to 14 years of age.

Drownings and swimming accidents can easily occur in public and private swimming pools, fitness clubs, lakes, ponds, and rivers, and even in home spas, hot tubs, or  bathtubs. In non-fatal drowning cases, brain damage can happen after only four minutes of submersion. An estimated 20% of drowning victims suffer severe, permanent neurological disability if they survive the incident.

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Thanksgiving is almost here, and if you are going to be the chef in the kitchen then you need to know that preparing a Thanksgiving turkey isn’t as easy as pulling a turkey out of the freezer and cooking it in the oven for a few hours. We have comprised a list of the four major safety factors that come into play when preparing your holiday bird:

Turkey Tip #1: Thaw safely. Yes, there are safety regulations for thawing a turkey before cooking. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), turkeys begin to grow bacteria that cause food poisoning between 40 degrees and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. So, you need to defrost your turkey in the refrigerator over several days, in a tub of consistently cold water, or in the microwave.

Turkey Tip #2: Keep your cooking area clean. Raw meats are covered in bacteria that can be spread to other foods and surfaces quite easily in the kitchen. Once you are finished with prepping your turkey, thoroughly clean your surfaces, utensils, and hands, and change your apron before moving on to other dishes.

The National Safety Council estimates 420 people will be killed during the three-day weekend, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3.

An additional 48,400 injuries are estimated to occur that require medical attention.

While these statistics may seem daunting, there are ways to help prevent accidents and injury to you or your loved ones. Here are some safety tips our Pasco County Auto Accident Attorneys recommend to make it a safe and enjoyable weekend for everyone.

  • Wear a seatbelt: NSC estimates that about 163 lives may be saved this Labor Day weekend for those wearing seat belts
  • NEVER drive while intoxicated: If you are consuming alcohol, do not get behind the wheel. Call a taxi or use Uber or Lyft to get where you need to go safely.
  • Practice defensive driving: Get plenty of sleep to avoid fatigue, and drive attentively, avoiding distractions.
  • Before heading out on road trips, learn about your vehicle’s safety systems and how to use them: Fix recalls immediately and make sure your vehicle is ready to make a long distance trip.

While Labor Day can be a fun, relaxing time, it is also one of the most dangerous holidays of the year. Enjoy this end of summer time with family and friends, but remember to be safe!

If you find yourself involved in an accident this holiday weekend, do not delay in calling our Pasco County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton for a free consultation at 727-847-2299. We will be available 24/7 to help you.

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A Wesley Chapel man was killed by another driver while riding his motorcycle Saturday.

The 23-year-old was riding his motorcycle southbound on U.S. Highway 19 just south of San Marco Drive at about 12:30 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle driven by 83-year-old man, who was attempting to make a U-turn, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The 83-year-old man sustained minor injuries and was transported to Bayonet Point.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

If someone you love was killed in a motorcycle U-turn accident, you may be both grief-stricken and anxious about the financial repercussions. At Whittel & Melton, our Pasco County Motorcycle Accident Attorneys understand motorcycle culture and laws. We can evaluate your case to help you decide what your  legal options are for seeking financial compensation.

If a family member has been involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in wrongful death due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation and our attorneys would like to make sure that you are compensated adequately for your losses. We know the aftermath of a serious motorcycle accident can be messy, and we will stand by your side from throughout the entire process to make sure you get what is rightfully owed to you.

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An 81-year-old man died Monday after colliding with a car on U.S. 301, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Dade City man was riding south on the sidewalk along the highway around 8 a.m., according to the FHP. When he tried to cross the highway’s southbound lanes, he was hit by a Chevrolet Cruze driven by 69-year-old man, also traveling south.

The man was taken to an area hospital, where he died of his injuries, according to the FHP.

Bicycle accidents involving cars are a huge problem. Cyclists, like pedestrians, suffer the major brunt of injuries mostly due to the sheer size difference. Unlike occupants of passenger cars, who are protected by seat belts, airbags, and the walls of the car itself, cyclists have minimal protection aside from a helmet. Cyclists are no match for the weight of a several-ton car.

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The Fourth of July is next week and that means firework displays and cookouts will be on the rise. Our Pasco County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton want everyone to know that these activities can cause extreme injuries to children and adults when safety measures are not taken into consideration.  

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 230 people will go to emergency rooms every single day due to firework-related injuries in the month surrounding the Fourth of July holiday. Fireworks are nothing to mess around with as they can cause serious burn injuries. In fact, a sparkler, which many consider safe for children to hold, can reach temperatures close to 2,000 degrees. It is important to always supervise children around fireworks. Other common fireworks-related injuries include loss of hearing and eyesight, shock, smoke inhalation and loss of fingers.

If you plan on celebrating this Fourth of July with fireworks, we urge you to keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Do not allow children to play with fireworks. We encourage you to not let your child to play with a sparkler, but if you do, please constantly supervise them and never let them light the sparkler themselves.
  • All body parts should be kept away from fireworks.
  • If you choose to light fireworks, please only light one at a time.
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby in case a fire erupts.
  • All used fireworks must be doused with water before throwing them in the trash.
  • Please note the legalities surrounding Florida and fireworks, and take that into consideration before buying. Under Florida law, only sparklers, approved by the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal, are legal for consumer usage. It is illegal to use exploding and/or flying fireworks in Florida, which include: shells and mortars, multiple tube devices, Roman candles, rockets and firecrackers.

On a similar note, if you are going to be grilling, follow these tips as many people are injured by gas and charcoal grills:

  • Always supervise the grill and the surrounding area.
  • Do not grill in an enclosed area.
  • Keep the grill in an open area away from your house, deck, trees or anything flammable.
  • Use long-handed tools when cooking so you can avoid serious burn injuries.
  • Always follow the grill’s manufacturer’s directions.

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A Citrus County woman was killed and four others, including her two children, were injured in a Sunday morning crash in Pasco County.

The crash happened on U.S. 41 just south of County Line Road in Spring Hill.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 26-year-old man was driving northbound in a 2018 Hyundai Accent when he drifted into the southbound lane. His vehicle collided head-on with a 2002 Saturn SC2 driven by a 30-year-old woman.

The woman died at the scene. Two passengers in her vehicle, a 9-year-old and a 7-year-old, were airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital with serious injuries.

The other driver and his passenger were taken to Bayonet Point Hospital with serious injuries.

FHP did determine that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The roadway was closed for hours as crews cleared the scene.

The collision is still under investigation.

Alcohol-related collisions are entirely avoidable. When drunk drivers cause serious personal injuries and/or wrongful death, our Pasco County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can provide the legal representation needed to hold the responsible party accountable and to recover the compensation you deserve.

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A 46-year-old bicyclist died Sunday on Rowan Road from a hit and run.

Residents say the road is dangerous and urge pedestrians and bicyclists to exercise extreme caution.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, it was just before 6 a.m. Sunday when a vehicle hit the bicyclist on Rowan Rd. The driver left the scene, and the bicyclist died from his injuries.

Florida Highway Patrol said after heavy media coverage, a woman reached out to say she’d been in a crash. She surrendered a 2000 Toyota pickup that troopers said matches evidence from the crash site.

The speed limit in the area is 45 mph, which is why most of the nearby residents believe the road is so dangerous. Drivers tend to speed and fail to to slow down or stop for pedestrians and bicyclists.

For those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a hit and run bicycle accident in Pasco County, our Pasco County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton are on your side to help you recover the maximum monetary settlement for your losses. We have successfully represented numerous clients who have been involved in hit and run accidents, and we fight aggressively to get the best possible financial outcome for your unique case. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve to pay for the cost of your injuries, any lost wages and other losses.

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If you are going to be one of the estimated 36.6 million Americans hitting the road for Memorial Day weekend this year, our Pasco County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton urge you to consider leaving early in the morning or later in the evening Thursday (May 24) or Friday to avoid the worst of the traffic.

AAA, which tracks holiday travel throughout the year, said in a news release a total of 41.5 million Americans will travel for Memorial Day weekend this year, the most in more than 12 years. That total, a 5 percent increase from 2017, includes those flying and driving as well as those traveling by train, bus and cruise ship.

About 36.6 million people are expected to drive to their Memorial Day destination, the release said. That is up 4.7 percent from last year despite higher gas prices, which are the most expensive we’ve seen in four years.

Nationwide gas prices averaged $2.72 a gallon in April, up 33 cents from last year.

Just to recap: the worst of the Memorial Day traffic is likely to be in the late morning and early afternoon Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25, as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers, according to an analysis by AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company. Travel times during these peak hours could double and even triple, the release said.

For Floridians: Orlando is expected to be the most-visited city over Memorial Day weekend. Orlando will also have the busiest airport this Memorial Day weekend.

Our Pasco County Injury Lawyers want you to drive defensively on the roads for this holiday period. The following tips will help you to know what to do in many situations, so that you can arrive at your destination safe and sound.

  • Never use a cell phone while driving: If you are talking or texting on your phone, you are not giving your full attention to driving, which leaves you at a higher risk for causing an accident. Using a cell phone is extremely distracting, and you should only use it when the car is parked.
  • Pay attention to all traffic signs: Failing to do this simple task could mean you end up speeding or going the wrong way on one-way streets. If you are paying attention to all road signs, you will know what the posted speed limit is, and you can stay within it. Make sure that you obey all traffic lights as well. One wrong turn at a signal light could end in a fatal accident.
  • Never drive too closely behind another vehicle: You need to make sure that there is plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you, just in case you need to come to a fast stop.
  • Give others the right of way: Let’s say you come to a four way stop or other situations where it may be difficult to figure out who has the right of way. When you are in this type of situation, it is best to just let other drivers have the right of way. It may take a few extra seconds to wait, but you will still get where you are going and can avoid an unnecessary wreck.

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