Two siblings had recently traveled to a light festival in Florida. They had no way of knowing it would be the last road trip they would ever take. A tragic head-on collision occurred upon their return trip home. The 21-year-old and 18-year-old brother and sister both died.
There were also two passengers in the back seat of the same vehicle. The two teenagers who occupied the rear seats survived the impact of the collision. Rescuers quickly transported them to an area hospital for emergency care. The driver of the vehicle that collided with their vehicle head-on had reportedly been fleeing police in a high-speed chase.
The wrong-way vehicle was allegedly moving at speeds over 100 miles per hour, moments before the driver crashed head-on into the siblings’ sport utility vehicle. Police later stated that the driver had had at least 50 prior arrests. A local high school held a candlelight vigil to honor the memories of the brother and sister who died.
Drivers who enter opposing lanes of traffic are often the cause of head-on collisions in Florida. The shock and grief of a sudden death not only affects immediate family members but entire communities as well. In this case, a community lost not one, but two members loved and respected by all who knew them. This type of case often leads to litigation when a parent or other immediate family member of a deceased accident victim seeks justice by filing a wrongful death claim in a civil court against the driver whose recklessness was deemed responsible for a fatality. While there is no replacement for the loss of a human life, court-awarded compensation can help grieving families cover funeral expenses and other costs associated with a particular collision.