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6-Month-Old Baby Dies in Florida Auto Crash with Red-Light Runner

A 6-month-old baby is dead following a Florida motor vehicle crash with a red-light runner. Jayla Lee’s mother, 34-year-old Nicole Pounds, who had to undergo aortic surgery for injuries she sustained in the crash, was placed under sedation after the crash and by Tuesday still did not know her baby had been killed. Nicole’s 1999 four-door Chevrolet was struck by a pickup truck on Sunday, as she was turning from Scenic Highway onto US 27. Nicole sustained damage to her liver and spleen, a torn aorta, and other internal injuries that has had her fighting for her life. She also broke her shoulder during the auto crash. Also seriously injured were Nicole’s son 7-year-old Isaiah Wiggins, 53-year-old Harriet McClennon, and 10-month-old Passion McClennon, who were riding in the Nicole’s car. All three of them were released from Florida hospitals, although Isaiah was readmitted after he started throwing up. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, pickup truck driver Mitchell Andrew Hilkemeyer ran a red light, causing his truck to hit the driver’s side of Nicole’s car. The impact of the collision sent both cars into the center median. Hilkemeyer, 34, was not injured in the traffic crash. According to the National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running, in 2006: • 887 people died in red light running accidents • 144,000 others were injured SmartMotorist.com says that from 1992 – 1998: • 6,000 people died in red light running accidents • Some 1,500,000 others were injured Red light running accidents can cause serious injuries and lead to fatalities, destroying the lives of the victims and surviving family members. Florida’s Personal Injury Protection coverage may not be enough to cover all costs incurred from a catastrophic red light running accident. Related Web Resource: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Our Florida personal injury attorneys at The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. would like to talk to you.