A car driven by a young man ran a stop sign and smashed into another vehicle in Martin County, killing five people including a woman who was returning from a banquet as the County’s probation agent of the year, authorities said.
“This should have never happened. People should be paying attention to their speed, to the traffic signals,” a Martin County Police Lieutenant said.
The crash happened in Martin County Township about 35 miles (55 kilometres) northwest of Stuart.
Investigators said a car, driven by a 22-year old man, failed to stop at a sign and struck a vehicle traveling east on Martin County Highway. Another 59-year old man described it as a “T-bone” crash in a rural area.
Two people died in one car and three in the other. Three more people were also in critical condition, including the 22-year old driver and the 39-year old driver of the other vehicle.
One of the people confirmed dead included a 35-year old woman who was returning home from a Martin County Corrections Department banquet where she was celebrated as parole/probation agent of the year. Her 69-year old mother was also severely injured.
“Everyone here is in disbelief and shock. She was beloved by everybody,” a Corrections Department spokesman said of the 39-year old woman who had lost her life. “Yesterday was such a high and a celebration of the work she did.”
Speed limits approaching the intersection are 55 mph (88 kph), a Martin County Sergeant said.
The accident is still under investigation.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident involving two vehicles, which ultimately, resulted in the death of two people and caused serious injuries to five others. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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