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OCALA, FL – An Ocala man died after his vehicle went off the road and crashed in Marion County early Tuesday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

A report by the Ocala StarBanner stated the victim was a 32-year-old man driving a Volkswagen Jetta north on County Road 315 near Northeast 135th Street sometime before 4:15 a.m.  As the vehicle approached a right-hand curve the driver veered left, going off the roadway and onto a shoulder.

The Jetta crashed into a wooden utility pole before striking a tree and coming to a stop.  The driver was trapped inside the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.  No one else was in the car.

LAKE COUNTY, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said one person was killed and another injured Saturday afternoon in a collision on State Road 44 in Lake County.

According to WKMG, state troopers said the driver of a Honda CR-V was going south near Rory Lane shortly before 2 p.m. and tried to make a U-turn from the southbound lane.  As the Honda made the turn, the vehicle was struck on the side by a southbound Chevrolet Tahoe that had been traveling behind it.

The driver of the Honda, a 73-year-old man from The Villages, was pronounced dead after being rushed to an area hospital.

CITRUS COUNTY, FL – A collision involving a sedan and an ATV in Citrus County sent a young boy to the hospital, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

The accident occurred Saturday night as both vehicles were headed south on County Road 490 near South Bolton Avenue at about 9:40 p.m. The Florida Highway Patrol said the driver of the sedan, a 49-year-old man, was not able to see the ATV because it had no lights and crashed into the back of the vehicle.  The sedan driver then lost control and went off the road before hitting a tree.

A 4-year-old Homosassa boy who was in the second row of the ATV was flown to St. Joseph Children’s Hospital in the Tampa area with undisclosed injuries.  The two drivers and three other passengers in the ATV, two women and a teenage girl, were not injured in the crash.

WEEKI WACHEE, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said a driver hit two pedestrians in Hernando County early Saturday morning, killing one of them.

A report by Fox 13 Tampa Bay stated that the incident took place on Marvelwood Road near Osprey Avenue in Weeki Wachee just before 1 a.m.

The FHP said a man and a woman walking in the roadway were hit by a northbound vehicle driven by a 19-year-old woman.  The man, a 44-year-old man from Weeki Wachee, suffered fatal injuries.

LAKE COUNTY, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a hit-and-run incident that killed a teenager in Lake County Thursday morning, reports WOFL.

State troopers said it happened in the area of County Road 455 near Willow Pines Lane, where a 14-year-old boy was waiting for a school bus at about 6:30 a.m. When the teen reportedly walked in front of a car, he was hit by the vehicle.  The boy was thrown into a southbound lane of County Road 455, where he was struck by a pickup truck.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car that initially hit the teen left the scene but the car was located later.  The FHP was reported to be speaking with the vehicle’s owner and is trying to find out who was driving at the time of the accident.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to get together with friends, family, and neighbors and share food, drink, and be thankful for all the blessings of the year. This is also a time where injuries can arise easily, so our Florida Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton have compiled a list of the most common holiday accidents so that you can be prepared and take appropriate precautions.

Car Accidents

According to a report from the National Safety Council, the 2022 Thanksgiving holiday period of Wednesday, November 23-Sunday, November 27 will see an estimated 518 road deaths. If this estimate holds true, this year will be the most Thanksgiving traffic fatalities since 2007. The Thanksgiving holiday sees an increase in crashes and fatalities due to increased congestion on the roads as many people are travelling at the same time and alcohol consumption.

Follow these tips to avoid a car crash this Thanksgiving holiday period:

  • Travel at the posted speed limit
  • Avoid distractions
  • Never text while driving
  • Wear your seatbelt properly no matter how short the distance you are travelling

Fires and Burns

Fires and cooking accidents are very common during the holidays. The biggest reason for fires on Thanksgiving can be traced back to unattended cooking. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that 49% of all home fires and 42% of all home fire injuries can be linked to cooking mishaps Cooking accidents are also responsible for 20% of all home fire deaths.

Happy-Thanksgiving-200x300Here are top cooking safety tips to remember this Thanksgiving:

  • Turkey fryers that use cooking oil are not safe and can cause devastating burn injuries. Consider using an infrared fryer, air fryer, or electric turkey fryer if you wish to “fry” your own turkey. You can also purchase a store-bought fried turkey or one from your restaurant of choice.
  • When cooking on a stove top, stay in the kitchen to keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in your home when cooking a turkey, and be sure to check on it often.
  • Keep children away from stoves, hot food, and hot liquids.
  • Make sure knives are kept out of reach of children.
  • Do not leave lit candles unattended.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are in working condition. You can test them by pushing the test button.

Slip and Falls and Trip and Falls

The grocery stores are busy during the Thanksgiving holiday season. You can easily suffer a slip and fall or trip and fall injury at the grocery store grabbing the necessary items to prepare your feast. Wet floors, uneven surfaces, poor lighting, clutter, and more can all lead to grocery store slip and fall accidents. Parking lots filled with cars and busy shoppers can also lead to serious injuries that require medical attention. You can also suffer and slip and fall or trip and fall accident at your own home, friend’s house, or relative’s home this Thanksgiving, so make sure floors stay clean and dry and are not cluttered with the kid’s toys are other belongings that could be hazards.

Food Poisoning

Thanksgiving revolves around turkey and other food items – and when a turkey or other meat is handled improperly then food poisoning can happen quite easily. When other food items are left at room temperature for too long, they can also develop bacteria. To prevent food poisoning, make sure you cook all food thoroughly and check the temperature to ensure it is safe to consume. You also want to throw out any foods that have been sitting out for more than two hours, per the USDA. Reheating something that has been left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours will not be safe from bacteria.

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MARION COUNTY, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said one person died and four others were injured in a car crash in Marion County early Wednesday morning.

The Ocala StarBanner reported details of the accident, which occurred in the area of County Road 329 and Northwest 18th Avenue near North Marion Middle School sometime before 6:13 a.m.

According to the FHP, the driver of a Chevrolet Cobalt was going around a curve while headed west on County Road 329 when he veered off the road and onto the shoulder.

LEESBURG, FL – A driver has been arrested for a fatal accident in Leesburg last week, reports the Leesburg News.

36-year-old Gustavo Martinez Cortez of Eustis was arrested on a third-degree felony charge of driving without a license.

The Nov. 7 crash involved a total of four vehicles, and occurred in the area of County Road 44 and North Silver Lake Road.  Authorities said Cortez crashed into the back of a Toyota Corolla.  The collision killed the driver of the Corolla, a 42-year-old man from Eustis.  A semi-truck and a Mitsubishi Mirage were also involved in the wreck.  The driver of the Mirage, a 23-year-old Deland woman, sustained minor injuries.

OCALA, FL – The Ocala Police Department said a bicyclist died after being hit by a vehicle Saturday evening.

Police posted details of the incident that took place near the 1400 block of Northwest 27th Avenue just north of Rural King just before 6:15 p.m.  Witnesses said a bicyclist was laying down stationary in the southbound travel lane next to his bike.

One driver swerved to the left to avoid hitting him, but another vehicle right behind hit the bicycle rider.  The victim, a 67-year-old man, was trauma-alerted to the hospital and was pronounced dead.

ZELLWOOD, FL – A man was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed in Orange County Saturday afternoon, state troopers said.

WKMG reports the victim was riding south on Round Lane Road near King Avenue in Zellwood when the incident occurred shortly after 1 p.m.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the motorcyclist was unable to negotiate a right-hand curve, went off the roadway and crashed into a tree.

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