A triple-fatal accident, involving a stolen vehicle and an SUV, occurred at around 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 on Beville Road near Daytona Beach in Volusia County, Florida. A 47-year-old Orlando man, who was driving the stolen vehicle; a 20-year-old Wisconsin man, who was driving the SUV; and his 18-year-old sister, a front-seat SUV passenger died in the accident.
A 13-year-old back-seat SUV passenger, who was the brother of the SUV driver, and a 17-year-old girl, who was a cousin of other SUV passengers, sustained severe injuries and were taken to hospitals after the accident. The SUV driver and all three passengers were wearing seatbelts when the incident occurred, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
Volusia County Sheriff, Mike Chit wood told that the victims missed their exit when they were returning, after watching Christmas lights, along with other family members in a separate vehicle. FHP officials said that a license plate reader in Flagler County alerted officials to the vehicle before the crash. A Flagler deputy also spotted the car in the parking area of a Walmart, but the suspect managed to escape. He then turned off his vehicle’s lights and went onto Interstae-95 highway.
Officials further told that as the man entered Volusia County, deputies from the Sherriff’s office of the county pursued him, but when the suspect took a U-turn on the highway, they stopped pursuing him and tried to cease oncoming southbound traffic. Deputies said that the man then moved northward into the southbound lanes and eventually hit the SUV at a speed of around 100 mph.
One injured SUV passenger was airlifted to Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the other was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center. According to Florida state records, the license of the stolen vehicle driver was revoked in January 2000 and he was a “career criminal,” who had served 8 state prison sentences and also had a 200 page-long arrest record.
If any nearby person or vehicle were injured/damaged as a result of the driver’s negligence, there would likely be a valid personal injury claim.
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