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Florida car accident kills New York child and injures five others

Four residents of College Point, New York and another of Keystone Heights, Florida were involved in a fatal accident in the northbound lanes of U.S. 301 in Alachua County. One child died, and five others were taken to a local hospital with serious injuries following the head-on collision. A 52-year-old Florida resident was driving a Honda Civic alone on the wrong side of U.S. 301 at around 6:20 a.m. The Honda driver collided into a Mazda MPV near Alachua County Road 225.

An 11-year-old in the Mazda died in the car accident that occurred north of Waldo. Other occupants of the Mazda were rushed to Shands at the University of Florida hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The driver of the Honda suffered critical injuries and was taken for treatment to the same hospital.

Police have not identified a reason why the Honda driver was on the wrong side of the road. There was no word on the potential for criminal charges.

A negligent driver can cause immense pain and suffering for everyone involved in a car accident. In this case, an accident investigation may lead to evidence of drunk driving or texting and driving. Such findings are not necessary for a prosecutor to file criminal charges, however, and they are not necessary for the family to seek compensation for their medical expenses, care needs and loss of the child. Insurance only covers these damages to a fixed dollar amount, and it may not be enough in a car collision of this severity. Victims or their families could seek compensation for their damages with the assistance of an experienced car accident attorney.

Source: The Gainesville Sun, "1 dead, five seriously hurt in head-on crash," Cindy Swirko, March 30, 2013

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