A pregnant Central Florida woman died in a
car crashwhen another driver pulled out in front of her and caused a serious accident
near St. Cloud, Florida, theMiami Herald reported on July 11, 2013.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported that 23-year-old Kristen Nicole Wright
was traveling on U.S. 192 near St. Cloud early Thursday morning. As she
approached the intersection, a 17-year-old girl failed to yield the right-of-way
at a stop sign and crossed into the road, according to the
article. The girl’s vehicle collided with Wright’s car, causing it
to overturn. The pregnant woman was pronounced dead at the scene. According
to the FHP report, she had not been wearing a seat belt. The teenage driver
and an 18-year-old passenger in her car were both hospitalized for serious
injuries, the FHP said in the
Crews tried to save Wright, who was 7-months pregnant, and her baby but
couldn’t, aWKMG Local 6 Orlando article shows. The crash remains under investigation, and charges are pending.
Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash.
An incident like the one here is tragic for everyone involved. The family
members’ feelings of grief for someone that they envisioned would
be in their lives much longer and the burden of now planning a funeral
may be overwhelming. The seriously injured may have stacking medical bills
and loss of wages.
Unfortunately, intersection-related crashes lead to fatalities and serious
injuries in Florida all too often. Nearly 29 percent of traffic fatalities
statewide from 2006 to 2010 are intersection related, according to the
Florida Strategic Highway Safety Plan published in Nov. 2012. Between 2006 and 2010, 4,179 people died in these types of crashes on
Florida road and highways and 50,408 were seriously injured.
Drivers sometimes fail to obey traffic signals at these intersections due
to a variety of reasons ranging from distracted driving or alcohol abuse,
to speeding and general recklessness, to faulty car parts.
Failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign is one of the offenses
in the category of “aggressive careless driving” under Florida Statutes
§316.1923. It is not an enforceable offense; violator is cited for specific traffic
infraction(s), but the issuing officer can select “aggressive driving”
checkbox on traffic tickets for data collection purposes if the driver’s
actions involve at least two of the following offenses:
- Exceeding the posted speed.
- Unsafely or improperly changing lanes.
- Following another vehicle too closely.
- Failure to yield the right-of-way.
- Improperly passing.
- Violating traffic control and signal devices.
If you have been injured or a loved one has suffered a wrongful death in
an auto accident due to the other driver’s negligence, you may be
able to receive compensation your injuries. Please contact us.
 A few Florida law enforcement agencies converted to a new crash reporting
system in the fourth quarter of 2010. Those crash data have not been included.