The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) announced that a driver who was blamed for a fatal car crash earlier this month on Country Road 318 has been charged with vehicular homicide and arrested.
According to FHP, the accused was driving a 2002 Nissan Maxima at a high rate of speed and was heading west on CR 318 when he crossed a double-yellow line in order to pass a car traveling in front of him. A truck going in the opposite direction was bearing down on the Nissan and the driver, trying to avoid a head-on collision, sideswiped the car he was attempting to pass.
Although the Maxima did miss the oncoming truck, the driver lost control, spun out, and ended up colliding head-on with a 1991 Mazda Miata that was traveling behind the truck. The driver of the Miata, a resident of Orange Lake, was killed.
The Nissan kept on spinning after the collision and rolled over several times. The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. He was taken to Shands at the University of Florida where he was treated for his injuries.
The accused was booked into Alachua County Jail still wearing a neck brace.
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Victims of aggressive drivers have the right to hold them accountable for their dangerous actions. The Ocala automobile accident attorneys at Farah & Farah have the breadth of experience and the dedication to see that justice is done when an injury or death has resulted from an accident caused by a negligent, reckless, or aggressive driver.
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