A man, a woman, and her unborn baby were killed Wednesday morning after a SUV crashed into a mobile home while they were sleeping overnight.
The Palmetto Police Department believes the accident occurred at the Lone Oak Mobile Home Park around 2:30 a.m. According to investigators, the driver of a Chevy SUV was travelling north on U.S. 41 when he crossed the median at 7th Street West, smashed through a fence, and plummeted into the back of the mobile home.
The man and the pregnant woman were asleep inside when it happened, and police said they died upon impact.
The woman was apparently in the advanced stages of pregnancy, carrying a baby girl. A baby shower was planned for next week, according to family members and friends.
The driver, a 35-year-old man, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The man apparently has an extensive criminal background, including two charges for driving without a license in 2006 and 2007.
Detectives have not yet filed any charges in relation to this fatal accident.
Police are awaiting the results of a blood test to determine if alcohol was a factor.
The last thing you expect to happen when you are sleeping or just watching TV on the couch with your friends, roommates or family members is for a car or truck to crash through the wall or windows. While we do not hear about his happening that often in the news, it does happen. There are actually a wide array of reasons for a driver to leave the roadway and smash into a house or building. Most of these accidents are the result of driver negligence, which means the victim or their surviving family members can pursue civil action:
- Drunk Driving
- Drowsy Driving
- Dangerous Road Design
- Vehicle Malfunction or Defect
A vehicle that crashes into your home can really change your life. While victims may need lasting medical treatment for injuries, the shock alone can lead to severe emotional stress, not to mention property damage, possible relocation while repairs take place and even dealing with the aftermath of a loved one’s death.
In order to fully understand your legal rights after such a devastating accident you need to discuss your situation with an injury lawyer. A Tampa Bay Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you understand the process of filing an injury or death claim and what to expect after such an event. For a free consultation, contact us today online or call 813-221-3200.