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Teen killed by driver fleeing the scene of a prior crash

An 18-year-old from Manatee County, which is south of the Tampa area, died after her vehicle was hit by another motorist running through a red light. The other motorist was attempting to flee after being involved in a separate, unrelated car accident. The impact flipped the teen's truck and sent it in to a nearby utility pole.

Both the teen and the teen's passenger, another 18-year-old woman, were thrown from their vehicle. The passenger thankfully survived the accident and was eventually able to leave the hospital. The teen's mother said the young woman and her friend were just on their way to get some food together.

The other driver, who is 23, also got hurt and was hospitalized in critical condition. Apparently, the driver had two teen passengers, 17 and 13. The 13-year-old had to be hospitalized in critical condition, but the older of the two passengers seems to have escaped serious injuries.

The Florida Highway Patrol, which investigated the accident, says that they are planning to ask for charges to be brought against the driver who caused this fatal car crash.

In addition to facing trouble in a criminal case, the man responsible for this accident also may legally be held accountable to pay compensation to his victims, in particular the surviving family of the teenager who died.

Given the circumstances of this accident, the family may be able to obtain punitive damages as well as actual compensation for their losses, as the other driver's behavior has been described as reckless. An experienced wrongful death attorney would be able to help the family evaluate its options and choose the best course of action.

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