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Florida music artist died in motorcycle accident

A local music artist from the city of New Port Richey in Florida was recently killed after the motorcycle he was driving struck a vehicle in Hudson, a report of News 10 stated on November 28.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Robert Leroy Cartwright, 33, was thrown off the motorcycle he was riding after it had a collision with a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) on November 27. The accident reportedly happened on U.S. Highway 19 at Beach Boulevard. Cartwright succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, authorities confirmed the following day. The driver of the SUV was identified as 56-year-old Francine Cherry. Cartwright was a well-known fiddler and a member of “The Bearded Brothers Band.”

The deepest thoughts of the wrongful death attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. in West Palm Beach go to the family and friends of Cartwright, who mourn the untimely demise of their loved one.


1 dead, 1 seriously injured in West Palm Beach mishap

One person was killed and another sustained serious injuries in a recent vehicular accident in West Palm Beach involving three vehicles, a July 17 article of WPTV 5 reported.

According to reports, three vehicles were involved in a collision after 4:00 a.m. on July 16 at the intersection of Okeechobee Boulevard and N. Military Trail. The first collision reportedly occurred when a pickup truck struck the rear portion of a vehicle in the eastbound lane of Okeechobee Boulevard. The impact of the collision pushed the vehicle into the opposite lane and struck a third vehicle. The passenger in the second vehicle identified as Victor Cuxun-Bolvito, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene while driver Edgar Vasquez-Boulvito, 41, sustained serious injuries. West Palm Beach authorities told reports that Ajinkya Kelkar, who was had caused the collision was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when the crash happened.

The wrongful death attorneys at the Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. in West Palm Beach send their deepest condolences to the family and friends who mourn the loss of their loved one.


Orlando alligator attack victim’s body recovered

Florida authorities recently recovered the body of the 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was attacked by an alligator at a Disney World vacation resort near Orlando, a June 15 article of The Washington Post reported.

Lane Graves’ body was recovered by divers at 1:45 p.m., not far from where he was pulled into a lagoon by an alligator. On June 14, Lane was vacationing at the resort with his parents when an alligator dragged him into the man-made lake around 9 p.m.. Jerry Demings of the Orange County Sheriff Office told reporters that both of Lane’s parents attempted to rescue their son from the estimated 4 to 7 foot reptile. They also asked for help from a lifeguard. Authorities revealed that the boy likely died from drowning since his body was intact when it was discovered. The area of the Disney property where the attack happened did not have proper signage to warn people of alligators. 

The wrongful death attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. send their deepest thoughts to the family and friends mourning the tragic loss of their loved one.


Pedestrian dies in Lantana vehicular accident

A male pedestrian was recently killed when he was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross a road, news sources reported on January 16.

Officials from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office revealed that on January 15, Joshua McElduff, 32, was struck by a vehicle on Hypoluxo Road while walking in the street. The victim reportedly came from Seacrest Boulevard and was trying to get to the other side of the road when the accident occurred.

The collision threw McElduff up on top of the vehicle’s hood before he fell into the vehicle’s windshield. Officials pronounced McElduff dead at the scene. The driver who struck the pedestrian was later identified as a Hypoluxo resident, 27-year-old Kayla Weigel. Weigel did not sustain injuries from the mishap. Authorities are considering alcohol as a possible factor in the pedestrian’s death.


Bicyclist killed in Belle Glade hit-and-run accident

A Belle Glade man was killed on Oct. 23 after he was struck by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle. The hit-and-run accident occurred just before 8 p.m. at the corner of South Main Street and Southwest Avenue F in Belle Glade. The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office stated that the victim, 67-year-old Aaron Little, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck was driving on Southwest Avenue F before entering the intersection where the collision occurred. The incident occurred when the truck was turning right onto South Main Street, striking Little on his bike.

The truck that hit Little and fled the scene was described as a light blue pick-up truck with an extra cab. The driver of the truck was reported to be around 200 pounds, 5-feet and 9-inches tall, bald, and bearded. The truck driver removed himself from his vehicle to check on Little before vacating the scene. Eye-witnesses noted he was wearing a white tank top, jeans, and Timberland boots.


Mother of fatal South Bay crash victim files lawsuit

A relative of one of the four people who died in a multiple vehicle accident recently filed a lawsuit in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, an article of palmbeachpost.com reported on August 5.

According to reports, Maria Sotolongo is pursuing compensations amounting to $75,000 after her 39-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident in March. Sotolongo’s daughter was among the four people killed in an accident on U.S. 27, involving two tractor-trailer trucks and a pickup truck. Reports revealed that the collision occurred after one of the trailers of the trucks broke free. Aside from the drivers of the tractor trailers, three companies were also identified as defendants in the lawsuit.

The legal team at the Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. represents families in West Palm Beach who have lost their loved ones in truck accidents. If you are in such situation, we may possibly help you pursue damage claims from negligent parties. Discuss your situation with us today by calling (561) 689-8180.


2 dead, 1 hurt in Miramar car accident

Two teenagers were killed while another one suffered injuries in a recent car accident in Miramar, an article from CBS Miami reported on July 27.

Couple Jonah Mosaphir and Gabrielle Camps, both 19, were helping their friend, Giovanni Martinez, push his broken-down car on an unlit area of Pembroke Road early Monday morning. While the three were pushing the distressed vehicle along with the help of another two people, they were struck by an SUV operated by 23-year-old Asia Valentine. The couple died in the collision while Martinez suffered injuries.

According to the article, Valentine claimed that she failed to notice the distressed vehicle on the dark road and did not see any tail lights. However, the survivors of the crash claim that the car’s tail lights were on at the time of the crash. The conflicting accounts may be due to the area where the teens were pushing the car.

Authorities are still investigating the accident and no charges have been filed for the incident.


Who is eligible to pursue a claim for wrongful death?

Wrongful death claims are intended to help the families of fatal accident victims that were killed due to the reckless or negligent actions of another party. The financial compensation resulting from a successful wrongful death claim is meant to support the immediate family of the deceased with any financial challenges or suffering that results from the accident. Due to this, wrongful death claims are generally restricted to the immediate family of the victim. However, there may be some exceptions in which another involved individual may be eligible to claim wrongful death.

An experienced attorney may be able to help establish and clarify if you are eligible to file for wrongful death. Call Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., at (561) 689-8180 today to learn more.


Driver to stand in trial after fatal Riviera Beach accident

The driver who was involved in a Riviera Beach three-vehicle accident in 2013 that killed five people began his trial, WPBF reported on June 22.

According to reports, 21-year-old Jabari Kemp is facing counts of homicide using a vehicle charges in connection to the accident in April 2013 on Blue Heron Boulevard that left three teens and two adults dead. Florida Highway Patrol officials revealed Kemp, who ran a stop light, was driving with excessive speed when crashed into two vehicles. The same day of the fatal crash, Kemp’s vehicle was stopped and he was issued a citation for speeding. A maximum of 75 years of imprisonment awaits Kemp if convicted of the charges.

The attorneys of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., in West Palm Beach know all too well the damage that can be caused by a reckless driver. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by someone else, our legal team may help you pursue financial compensation to cover any damages. Call us at (561) 689-8180 today to learn more.


Jury awards $24 million to husband after fatal crash

The husband of Alanna Demella, a pregnant woman killed in a drunk driving accident in 2012, was recently awarded $24 million in damages. Alanna was seven months pregnant with a boy at the time of the crash. The accident occurred at the Fort Lauderdale Hotel where the couple was staying after winning the trip through their church. Kim, who later was found to have an alcohol blood level of .24, drove her car into the cabana and into Demella.

The jury found that the drunk driver, Rosa Rivera Kim, was 85 percent at fault for the accident and the Fort Lauderdale Hotel was 15 percent at fault. The hotel was said to have known about the dangerous road conditions near their hotel and failed to report that information to city officials. The hotel has hinted at appealing the jury’s verdict.

Kim was sentenced to 15 years in jail back in January. With a blood alcohol content level three times the legal limit and speeding in excess of 25 miles per hour, the 37-year-old was facing charges that included two counts of DUI manslaughter and DUI property damage.

When a driver chooses to behave in a reckless manner on the road by speeding or driving drunk, they put others at risk of serious injury and possibly death. If you are someone you know was injured due to the reckless actions of another driver, please contact the West Palm Beach car accident attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A.. For more information about how we can help you call (561) 689-8180.

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