Ocala Teen Killed in I-75 Crash in Hernando County


An Ocala teenager was killed in a crash on Interstate 75 recently in Hernando County.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 16-year-old was killed in the two-vehicle crash when he was ejected from his 1998 Ford Explorer.

Troopers believe the teen was driving north at 11:08 p.m. when he drove past a 2007 Hyundai Sonata and tried to move into the Sonata’s lane.

The Sonata’s driver, a 22-year-old of Tallahassee, swerved to avoid a crash and lost control of his vehicle.

The Hyundai collided with a guardrail. The 22-year-old suffered minor injuries.

The teen’s Explorer went into the center median and overturned. He was ejected and died at the scene.

The crash is still under investigation.

Car accidents are still the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States, and teens are more likely than adults to get into motor vehicle collisions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, thousands of teens die in car accidents every year, and nearly 300,000 nationwide are treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to car accidents. Teenagers and young adults account for roughly 14 percent of the national population, but make up 28 to 30 percent of the costs of car crash injuries.

An experienced Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you determine who might be liable for the injuries you suffered due to another driver’s negligence. We can review the facts of your car accident claim and help you determine if you have any rights to seek financial compensation. Contact us today online or call 352-666-2121 for a free legal consultation.


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