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A murder charge has been filed against the 27-year-old man accused of killing a Citrus County woman during a hit-and-run crash in Sumter County.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the 27-year-old man was speeding away from police after a traffic stop in Wildwood Tuesday afternoon when he was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving a death, providing false information, felony murder, driving with a revoked license, as well as fleeing and eluding.

After the crash, investigators found an AK-47 rifle in the car.

He was also charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Troopers also said they’re still looking for the second person who ran away from the scene that was riding in the car with the man, when the deadly crash took place at the intersection of State Road 44 and County Anyone with information about this case, including the whereabouts of the second person in the car, is asked to call the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office or the Florida Highway Patrol.

Any type of accidental death may qualify as a wrongful death — this includes car accidents caused by an unsafe driver, as is the case for this particular incident. A negligent or careless driver can be found criminally responsible for your loved one’s death, and you can also seek damages in what is called a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action unrelated to any criminal charges, which is brought by the decedent’s surviving family to collect financial compensation for damages, such as funeral expenses, loss of companionship, etc.

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The Crystal River City Council is considering letting golf carts drive on city roads. They will vote on whether or not to move forward with the plan during their meeting Aug. 14.

In almost every driveway in Crystal River Village, you’ll find a golf cart. It’s residents’ preferred method of transportation to get around the community.

By state law, carts aren’t allowed to travel on state roads, and currently residents can’t take them on neighborhood roads.

The motion the council is voting on would allow carts within four zones around State Road 44 and U.S. 19. Council members will also discuss what streets need more signage and speed reduction to allow carts during the meeting.

If approved, it would still be several months before carts could be on the roads while any the signs and speed modifications are put into place.

It seems with residential areas like The Villages and now possibly Citrus County, we are bound to be seeing golf carts outside of the local 18-hole course. Due to their accessibility and efficiency, golf carts are expanding beyond the greens and into many communities.

In areas that are focused on reducing heavy traffic, golf carts seem to be the perfect middle ground. Now, golf carts could be seen outside quiet communities and onto local streets. With the possibility of these lightweight and slower vehicles hitting the roads, you may wonder if golf cars are truly safe on streets. Our Citrus County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton remind everyone that if you operate a golf cart, you must follow all of the same rules as people driving cars. You should have a valid driver’s license, obey the rules of the road, and never drink and drive.

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One Georgia teen was killed and another is in critical condition following a late-night ATV crash Sunday.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, a 2016 Polaris four-wheeler was traveling west on NW 44th Street in western Hamilton County when it reached a sharp curve at NW 24th Avenue at 11:50 p.m.

The 18-year-old driver was unable to negotiate the curve and continued west off the road on the ATV, according to the report.

The four-wheeler hit a light pole and overturned, the report states.

The 18-year-old is in critical condition at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

Another 18-year-old was killed in the accident, according to the report.

FHP said charges are pending an investigation and the role alcohol played in the crash is also being investigated.

Many people in Citrus County and throughout the state of Florida ride all-terrain vehicles. The three-wheeled and four-wheeled motorized vehicles are designed to handle rugged off-road terrain. Even for experienced riders, ATVs are dangerous and serious injuries are quite common.

ATVs are widely used for outdoor recreation in Florida. However, Florida state laws prohibit the operation of all-terrain vehicles on public roads, streets or highways.

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Two people suffered critical injuries earlier this month in a head-on crash on a Citrus County roadway.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash happened on US Highway 41 at East Live Oak Lane in Inverness.

A baby in one of the vehicles suffered minor injuries.

The crash occurred just after 8 p.m. when a 19-year-old man attempted to pass traffic on US 41 on the inside lane while approaching the intersection.

His 2006 Ford F350 truck smashed into the front of 1998 Chevy Silverado truck that was in the intersection making a left turn.

The 19-year-old driver and his 18-year-old passenger were taken to Ocala Regional Hospital with critical injuries.

The 57-year-old driver of the Chevy Silverado was not hurt.

Car accidents are a leading cause of injury and death on Florida roads, highways and interstates. Collisions can occur in all types of ways, including rear end collisions, side impact wrecks and head-on collisions. The most dangerous type of crash is a head-on collision, which occurs when two cars smash into each other head first. The speed of the vehicles in these types of accidents usually determine the severity of the injuries suffered. If you, or someone you love, has been injured in a head-on collision in Citrus County, our Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you figure out how to file a claim for compensation.

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A 63-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a vehicle wreck Saturday night in Citrus County.

The crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. at N Citrus Avenue and W Emerald Oaks Boulevard.

Troopers believe another man driving a GMC Terrain was traveling eastbound on West Emerald Blvd. and traveled across the intersection and into the southbound lanes, in the path of a motorcycle.

The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital where he passed away.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending, according to the report.

Motorcycle riders have the same rights to the road as other vehicles. Other drivers do not always recognize that fact, though. All bikers are at the mercy of other motorists, so when they fail to share the road or keep an eye out for bikers, serious injuries and even wrongful death occur. When accidents happen, insurance companies are quick to blame the motorcyclist simply because riding a bike has risks. This unfair thinking is why you need a Citrus County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton working on your side to make sure you are fully compensated for your injuries. We also help surviving family members recover compensation for their loved one’s wrongful death.

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and this is a great time for all drivers to be reminded of safe driving practices on the roadway.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle deaths occur 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other motor vehicles. Motorcycle accidents usually occur because other drivers are distracted and not paying attention to the number one task of driving. Taking your eyes off the road, even if for just a few seconds, can prove deadly.

Our Citrus County Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Whittel & melton urge drivers to refrain from any distracted driving behaviors. Please do not answer your phone or look at a text while driving. If you must take a call or text, pull over to a safe area off the side of the road and park first. Even a glance may take your eyes off the road for the second it takes to miss seeing a motorcycle.

It is equally important to highlight that motorcyclists have the same rights as any other vehicle. Just understand that because they are smaller, you may not be able to see them right away, so train yourself to keep an eye out for them. Always look twice before pulling out or making a turn.

Moreover, pay attention to your blind spots and always double check your side view mirror before changing lanes. Use your turn signal and turn your head to look before changing lanes. Motorcyclists should not be driving in a car’s blind spot, but taking a second look may save a life.

Motorcyclists also need to drive defensively and follow safety rules. They must obey all traffic laws.

Here is a list of tips for all motorcyclists to be reminded of:

  • Wear brightly colored clothing and reflective tape
  • Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and protective gear
  • Obey all traffic laws, including the posted speed limit
  • Use hand and turn signals
  • Never ride distracted or impaired

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Florida ranks second only to Louisiana for distracted driving, according to a study.

 

Drivers were scored on data gathered through the EverDrive motion-sensing app. It measured speeding, sudden acceleration, aggressive turning, hard braking and other movement while the driver’s phone was being used.

 

The findings suggest 92 percent of drivers nationwide with cell phones have used them while in a moving car in the past 30 days, according to EverQuote Inc., an online insurance firm.


Florida drivers received the second-worst score for driving while distracted, according to the study’s points system.

The EverDrive app logged 2.7 million vehicle trips and 230 million miles driven, the company said.

Florida is one of only five states where police cannot pull over a driver specifically for texting while driving.

Iowa, Ohio, Nebraska and South Dakota are the other states with laws that require police to stop drivers for other offenses before adding distracted driving to the citation.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Florida.

According to the state department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were almost 50,000 crashes involving distracted driving in Florida, in 2016, which is more than five crashes every hour.

These distracted driving crashes accounted for more than 3,500 serious injuries and 233 deaths.

Distracted driving seems to be a worsening problem in Florida, as well as throughout the United States. Distracted driving is dangerous and places everyone sharing the roadway at an increased risk of being involved in an unnecessary auto accident. Sadly, many distracted driving accidents result in catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death.

 

If you or someone you love has been seriously harmed in an auto accident due to a distracted driver, our Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you file a claim to recover compensation. Distracted drivers must be held accountable for their reckless actions, so let us help you do just that.

 

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so it seems fitting that a new study has some troubling findings.

Despite mass attempts to preventing using cell phones while driving, the study—by driver analytics company, Zendrive—revealed that drivers in America use their mobile devices during 88 out of 100 car trips.

In what Zendrive calls the largest behavior study on distracted driving, the company analyzed three million anonymous drivers for three months, reviewing 570 million car trips taken between Dec. 2016 and Feb. 2017, covering 5.6 billion miles.

The found drivers used their phones during 88 percent of the 570 million trips, but also, during hour-long drives, drivers spent an average of 3.5 minutes using their phones.

Past studies from researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute have shown that dialing a phone could increase a drivers’ chance of crashing by 12 times. Simply reaching for your mobile device raises the risk of crashing by almost five times.

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A fatal accident temporarily shut down the intersection of Country Club Boulevard and US 41 early Friday morning.

The accident occurred around 6 a.m.

Troopers believe a Honda Accord was stopped at a stop sign on Country Club Blvd. and pulled out into the path of a Chevy pickup truck that was traveling southbound on US 41.

The driver of the Honda, a 63-year-old woman, was killed in the collision. Her passenger, a 64-year-old woman, received serious injuries.

The driver of the truck, a 27-year-old man, also received serious injuries.

A car crash can have a serious effect on all aspects of your life. Many times these accidents cause victims to suffer significant injuries that leave them unable to work. If you were seriously harmed, you could require extensive surgeries or other costly treatments for your injuries. While the medical bills pile up, your other bills could be falling behind because you can’t earn the money that you could before the accident. Our Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton understand the stress and frustrations that build up following a car crash.  

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The Coast Guard is currently searching for a Floral City man who fell off a Carnival Victory cruise ship Wednesday morning in the Gulf of Mexico near Cuba.

Officials said the 23-year-old man went overboard from the eighth deck of the cruise ship around 3 a.m.

The ship was 33 miles northwest of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba.

The cruise ship and the Coast Guard have launched several searches for the man.

In a statement the Coast Guard said, “The ship’s command immediately began taking actions to turn the ship around and begin search and rescue operations.”

The cruise ship is based year round in Miami and was traveling between Key West and Cozumel on a four-day cruise.

Cruise ship accidents, injuries and deaths are handled differently than personal injury cases that occur on land. Because these happen at sea, different laws apply. Our Citrus County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton know how dealing with unexpected catastrophes can be. It is imperative to think clearly in times of duress and understand your legal rights.

If you or a loved one has been harmed on a cruise and think that the cruise line is responsible, you need to act fast and retain legal help. Time is of the essence in these cases. It is best to act before time constraints keep you from making a legal claim.

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