Tragedy struck Manatee County on the night of Nov. 20 when a car crash took the lives of two young people and sent two more to the hospital. Florida police are still piecing together exactly what happened, though it has been confirmed that two vehicles were involved in the crash. So far, police have not filed charges associated with this case, as is common in the immediate aftermath of many car accidents.
Around 8:20 p.m. a car carrying four individuals was traveling east along County Road 675 when another vehicle heading the opposite direction apparently turned in front of them. Two occupants of the vehicle, an 18-year-old female and a 19-year-old male, were killed in the ensuing crash. They were pronounced dead at the scene when emergency crews arrived. Two other occupants, who have remained unidentified, were critically injured and were rushed to local hospitals for treatment.
It is not clear if the driver or any passengers in the other vehicle were injured in the crash. Police have also not mentioned whether the other driver is being considered responsible for the accident, and they have remained tight-lipped about what might have caused the individual to initiate the turn. Hopefully, more information will be revealed as the investigation continues.
If tragic car accidents like these are attributed to unlawful acts on the part of a specific driver, Florida authorities may charge him or her with a criminal violation. In this case, the families of the deceased teens will separately be entitled to file wrongful death lawsuits against the driver. The injured parties will be equally entitled to file for personal injury in a civil setting.
Source: heraldtribune.com, "Manatee County crashes kill 4", Michael Scott Davidson & Elizabeth Johnson, Nov. 20, 2014