News: Teenage driver arrested following fatal accident in Hernando


HERNANDO COUNTY, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said an accident involving a suspected drunk driver left an elderly man dead Nov. 14.

According to the Citrus County Chronicle, the incident happened in the area of North Florida Avenue north of Zephyr Street.  The FHP’s investigation determined that a Chevy Silverado and a Nissan Rogue had become immobilized at that location shortly after 11:30 p.m.  A pedestrian and a Good Samaritan helped both drivers safely leave their vehicles before the Nissan went up in flames.

At the same time, a 17-year-old girl driving a Kia Optima was headed south on North Florida Avenue.  At the top of a hill she struck the pedestrian, a 45-year-old Inverness woman, and the Chevy driver, an 82-year-old man.   The Kia driver then struck the Chevy, causing it to hit the Nissan.

The 82-year-old man was killed in the crash while the pedestrian was seriously injured.  The driver of the Nissan, a 75-year-old Hernando man, was also seriously injured.

The driver of the Kia and her four passengers all sustained minor injuries. State troopers said the Kia driver, an Inverness resident, was found to have been impaired and was arrested on a charge of DUI manslaughter.

At the law firm of Whittel & Melton, our staff can help you protect and assert your rights if you or a loved one was harmed in a fatal accident when another driver was being reckless or negligent.  Our skilled Hernando County Car Accident Lawyers  can assist you in speaking to health insurers, doctors and even subrogated insurance carriers about your accident and will always negotiate a fair settlement or verdict. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us online or by phone at 866-608-5529.

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