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Family of Naples Woman Files Collier County Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against School Teacher Over Fatal Florida Truck Accident

The family of Bree Kelly is suing Collier middle school teacher Andrea Kidder and her husband Matthew Kidder for Florida wrongful death. Kidder is the driver that struck the sport utility truck that Kelly, a 22-year-old Naples resident, was a passenger in on November 13, 2009. n their Collier County motor vehicle crash lawsuit, Kelly’s parents March and John, and her sister Ashlee Rose are accusing Andrea of speeding, driving drunk, and of driving her vehicle into the truck that Andrea was riding. Blood tests to determine Kidder’s blood-alcohol content are still pending and a police report notes that excessive speed and careless driving appear to have been involved. To date, however, no citations or criminal charges have been filed against Andrea over the deadly Florida auto crash. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Andrea was driving her 2005 Infiniti G35 sport sedan behind a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac pickup truck operated by Nicholas P. Mason, age 19, on I-75 at a speed above the 70 mph speed limit. She allegedly failed to respond quickly enough as Mason’s truck started to slow down. Instead, Andrea rear-ended the truck, which caused it to spin out of control until it overturned several times on the grassy shoulder. Kelly, who was riding in the front seat of the truck and did not have her seat belt on, was thrown from the truck. Kelly’s family is seeking wrongful death recovery damages for funeral costs, medical and emergency costs, funeral-related bills, lost future income, and other damages. According to a 2008 article in Science Daily, about 31% of US car crashes are rear-end collisions. This type of auto accident can result in serious injuries for everyone involved, including soft tissue injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, brain injuries, whiplash, facial injuries, knee and ankle injuries, carpal tunnel injuries, and in some cases, death. Human Factors Psychologists Study How To Avoid Rear-end Collisions, Science Daily, May 1, 2008 Related Web Resources: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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