Inverness Teen Struck By SUV Dies From Injuries


An Inverness teenager died from her injuries Tuesday, two days after she and her brother were hit by a suspected drunk driver.

The 14-year-old died Tuesday night at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. She and her 13-year-old brother had been at the hospital since Sunday afternoon, when they were hit by an SUV.

The teen’s family said she was taken off life support Tuesday night and has since passed away. Her organs were donated.

Her brother, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition, has undergone several surgeries. He remains in the hospital.

The brother and sister were riding on the same bike north on Independence Highway when a 40-year-old Inverness man drove up behind them, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The man crossed the center double solid line in an attempt to overtake them, but the teens swerved into the path of the SUV, and both were thrown from the bike.

Investigators are unsure as to why the teens swerved.

The man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence.

Nothing is more devastating than losing a family member or loved one in a collision caused by a drunk driver. These accidents are 100 percent preventable, making the situation that much more tragic. When an intoxicated person gets behind the wheel of a car and kills someone, families are left grieving and unsure about what to do next.

At Whittel & Melton, our Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyers represent families who have lost loved ones in fatal DUI accidents. We work to obtain financial compensation for the survivors by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. We will aggressively pursue the drunk driver as well as the establishment that may have served the drunk driver. We know that no amount of money can replace your loved one, but it can help you now and in the future so that you can mourn without the added stress of worrying about money.

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