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Five are Killed in Wreck Caused by Speeding Vehicle

As Pablo Cortes III sped westbound down Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, his girlfriend Jolie Bartolome uploaded a video to Snapchat that displayed their speed: 115 mph. The picture was time-stamped 9:38 pm. Nine minutes later, the 22-year-old Cortes lost control over the vehicle, sending it flying over the median, where it collided with three other vehicles that were traveling in the opposite direction. In all, three adults and two children died in the devastating wreck.

A witness to the accident appeared to be in shock when describing how he watched the VW cross the median and collide with the minivan head-on. The minivan caught fire after the impact. The VW Golf then spun around and hit a Toyota Scion, spewing debris into yet another vehicle. The driver of the minivan lost her life at the scene of the accident. Tragically, two of the children who were passengers of the minivan passed away later at Tampa General Hospital.

Friends and families of the victims are understandably heartbroken. Vigils were held, grief counselors were on-staff at the school the victims attended, and classmates reportedly made cards in remembrance. “I don’t know how we’re going to get through this,” said Gisela Martinez, a cousin of the now-deceased minivan driver.

Florida hospital’s violations exposed after woman files a complaint

A federal agency recently discovered several violations at a local Florida hospital after a woman filed a complaint claiming negligence resulted in the death of her son, an article of 10 News reported on August 12.

In an unexpected inspection, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) in Florida found numerous violations committed by the Florida Hospital North Pinellas. The violations discovered by the AHCA primarily related to negligent nursing staff. Jeanette Gonzalez reported the negligence after her adult son, Javier Roldan, died while receiving treatment at the facility. Roldan, who was 33 years old at the time, died at the hospital after six days while being treated for a broken leg. Gonzalez, unfortunately, cannot file a lawsuit against the hospital due to a state law that prevents family members from filing a medical malpractice claim on behalf of unmarried loved ones 25 years and older. Jeanette told reporters that she will call this injustice to the attention of the state’s lawmakers hoping to change the law.

If you or your loved one was the victim of medical malpractice while being treated at a hospital, the team at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. in West Palm Beach may be able to represent you. We strongly believe that families who are hurt by negligent parties should receive fair compensation necessary for recovery. Call our office today at (561) 689-8180 to learn more about your options.

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.

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.

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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