At approximately 11:30 p.m. on July 10, 2013, Juan Guerrero was walking
in the middle of Sweat Loop Road in Wimauma. He was struck by James Wink,
who was driving a 2002 Ford Ranger westbound on Sweat Loop Road. Guerrero
suffered fatal injuries, a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
There are not lights in the area of the crash.
The Florida Highway Patrol investigated
331 traffic crashes involving pedestrians in which
43 were fatalities last year, finding most of the fatalities – like
the one here – occurring in poor lighting conditions,
TBNWeekly.com reported earlier this year.
“Nearly two-thirds of pedestrian fatalities involve a failure to
yield on the part of the pedestrian,”
Sgt. Steve Gaskins, a FHP public affairs officer said.
“As such, pedestrians should understand that Florida traffic law
requires obedience to laws designed for the safety of all parties and
most especially the pedestrian,” he added. “The use of pedestrian
crosswalks, sidewalks and other similar roadway designs has been specifically
engineered with pedestrian safety in mind.
“When sidewalks are not available, pedestrians should travel in a
manner facing oncoming traffic and understand that especially in low-light
conditions, drivers may not see or expect pedestrian traffic.”
Pedestrian traffic regulations are laid out in Florida Statutes, section
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident due to a negligent driver
who didn’t follow the rules of the road, it cab be helpful to consult
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