A tragic accident has resulted in the deaths of two and the severe injury of another in Tampa. The car accident occurred on Sunday night at approximately 11:30 p.m. when the three people were all riding the same moped on northbound Dale Mabry Highway. As the moped approached the intersection with Busch Boulevard, they were hit from behind by a 23-year-old woman driving a Hyundai Accent. Upon impact, the driver and the two passengers on the moped were thrown from the bike on to the street.
One of the passengers on the moped was thrown into a different traffic lane and was hit by a Kia Optima. She died at the accident scene. A second passenger, a 16-year-old boy, was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital and pronounced dead. The driver of the moped, a 19-year-old man, was transported to the same hospital and received treatment for severe injuries.
The driver of the Hyundai Accent fled the scene but was later found at her home by police. She indicated that she did not see the moped prior to the accident. The woman has a criminal record for burglary as well as several past traffic violations, which include careless driving and “driving too fast for conditions,” as well as two speeding tickets. The accident remains under investigation and no charges have yet been filed.
In Florida, when a negligent driver is responsible for the death of accident victims, a legal claim for compensation may be available to their family. With the help of a qualified attorney, a wrongful death claim can be made against the negligent driver that seeks monetary compensation for medical and funeral expenses as well as lost wages.
Source: Tampa Bay Times, “Two die when car strikes moped in Tampa, troopers say“, Dan Sullivan, October 07, 2013