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Recent Florida Truck Crashes Cause Three Deaths

As our Miami truck accident law firm reported in an earlier blog post, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that there were 503 large truck crash deaths and 17,000 injuries in the US in 2009. Granted, that’s 189 less truck accident deaths and six thousand less truck collision injuries than in 2008, but there is still more that can be done by truckers, other motorists, and others to decrease the number of truck crashes that occur each year. Just this Tuesday, one man died in a New Port Richey truck accident involving a dump truck and three other vehicles. The Florida Highway Patrol says that the multi-vehicle Pasco County truck collision happened when trucker Daniel Howard Arends failed to stop his 1998 Mack dump truck and rear-ended a 2007 Chevy pickup truck driven by Ruben Echeverria. The pickup truck driver died from his injuries. Injured in the truck crash were Arends and John Shelak, the driver of a Saturn also involved in the Florida collision, who sustained minor injuries. Bonnie-Jean Shelak, who was a passenger in the Saturn, and Darynn Magee, the driver of a Mustang that was also involved, sustained serious injuries. Also on Tuesday, Hillsborough deputy Mark Longway was killed when his cruiser was involved in a Tampa semitrailer crash in the downtown area. The Florida semi-truck crash occurred at around 5:18 am as the 48-year-old cop was driving home from his night shift. Trucker Lamont Ashley, a 39-year-old Davenport resident, claims he had the green light. Police are investigating the Florida-semitrailer crash. Meantime, the FHP is continuing its search for the driver of a tow truck that fled a Pasco County truck crash site. Killed in the Florida truck crash last Thursday night was 83-year-old Joe D. Sampson, the oldest deacon at Trilby United Methodist church. FHP say that Sampson’s vehicle had just become disabled after colliding with another auto at the US 98 and US 301 intersection when no more than a minute later, his vehicle was hit by a tow truck that then left the scene. James Cramer, the driver of the other vehicle that was involved in the initial Florida car crash with Sampson’s car, sustained serious injuries. In South Florida, our Hollywood, Florida truck accident lawyers represent truck crash victims and their families. Hunt intensifies for hit and run tow truck, Examiner.com, September 19, 2010 Hillsborough deputy killed in crash with semitrailer truck in downtown Tampa, St. Petersburg Times, September 22, 2010 Related Web Resources: NHTSA Reports 2,558 Florida Traffic Accident Deaths in 2009, Floridainjuryattorneyblog.com, September 10, 2010 Center for National Truck and Bus Statistics-CNTBS Contact our Naples, Florida truck collision law firm to discuss your case.

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