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Pregnant Central Florida Woman Killed in Wreck

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Posted on July 10, 2013

A pregnant Central Florida woman died in a car crash when 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 report.

Crews tried to save Wright, who was 7-months pregnant, and her baby but couldn’t, a WKMG 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.[1]

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.

[1] 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.

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