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Negligent Driver Hits and Kills Pedestrian in Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A wheelchair-bound man is dead after a speeding car struck him on Dale Mabry Highway near West Waters. Florida Highway Patrol troopers state that a 66-year-old man was crossing Waters Avenue when a 64-year-old woman, who was driving a Prius, struck him in the intersection. The driver had the green light, according to the… Read More »

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Wrong-Way Collision Kills Motorcycle Rider

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Even though 38-year-old Daniel Morgan was operating on the wrong side of the road without a helmet, his survivors may still have legal options, thanks to the unique makeup of Florida laws. This wreck occurred in Pasco County. According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, Morgan was riding northbound on the southbound side of Moon… Read More »

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The Five Kinds of Driving Impairment

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Most of the vehicle collisions in Tampa are not “accidents.” Instead, driver error causes almost all of these incidents. Many times, the tortfeasor (negligent driver) is impaired in some way. Compensation tends to be rather high in these cases. These tortfeasors generally know they should not get behind the wheel, yet they choose to… Read More »

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Fatal Wrong-Way Crash on Interstate 275

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Police do not know how long a southbound motorist operated her vehicle on the northbound side of I-275 before she struck another car head-on. The wreck happened near mile marker 49 at about 4:30 a.m. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 39-year-old Aryail Gomez was travelling on the wrong side of the freeway when… Read More »

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Dual Fatal Car Crash in Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Investigators say that alcohol probably caused a rollover collision which killed two people in an accident near Ybor City. The wreck happened near the intersection of North 15th Street and East 21st Avenue. Authorities state that 47-year-old Roberto Diaz was intoxicated when he drove on the wrong side of the road, clipped several parked… Read More »

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Left-Turn Crash Kills New Port Richey Woman

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A driver turned directly into the path of an oncoming motorist, killing one person and sending two others to area hospitals. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 29-year-old Hana Bandealy was northbound on Nebraska near the 121st Avenue intersection when 47-year-old Aracely Garcia made a left turn directly in front of Bandealy. Malek Gajani,… Read More »

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Tractor-Trailer Driver Involved in Fatal Crash

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A beloved school bus driver was on her way to her last, first day of school, but she never made it there. According to Plant City police, 38-year-old Franciou Romelus parked his semi-truck in a traffic lane of Airport Road, so he could leave the truck and determine if a nearby business was open…. Read More »

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Nine Vehicle Pile-Up Crash on Interstate 75

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A negligent dump truck driver triggered a chain-reaction crash on I-75 which killed two people and seriously injured several others. 74-year-old Daniel Ragan, of Spring Hill, failed to slow down or stop as he approached stacked-up traffic on Interstate 75 near the Fowler Avenue exit. The dump truck slammed into a van and overturned… Read More »

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Fireball Crash in St. Petersburg Seriously Injures Five People

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A chain reaction crash on the Howard Frankland Bridge involved multiple vehicles, including a tractor trailer. The complex wreck began when one driver stopped to help a Cadillac SUV which had run out of gas. A few moments later, an approaching eighteen-wheeler cut off a passenger car in traffic. That vehicle swerved to avoid… Read More »

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Officers Capture Fleeing Hit-and-Run Driver

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A Florida man is in custody after he jumped into a river to avoid capture in the wake of a car crash. Police say that 43-year-old Jack Knapper rear-ended another vehicle which was stopped at a traffic light. Officers tried to detain Knapper, who immediately fled the scene. A short distance away, he leaped… Read More »

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Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A woman is dead after she tried to walk across Interstate 75, and investigators believe that speed was to blame for the accident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a woman was switching between vehicles which were parked on the shoulder. As she stepped into the traffic lane, a Hummer approaching at a high… Read More »

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SUV Crash Critically Injures Tampa Toddler

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A man who was backing out of his driveway struck a 3-year-old boy who was riding a tricycle. The impact sent the boy to the hospital with serious injuries. The crash occurred in a residential area of Land O’Lakes. According to police and witnesses, the child was riding his tricycle near his home when… Read More »

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High-Speed Police Chase Wreck Kills Two

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

What began as a routine traffic stop ended with two deaths after a violent collision in Lakeland. Early one morning, officers tried to detain Cleon Truedell for a traffic violation. Rather than pull over, Truedell sped away. Officers pursued him until he ran a red light at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and East… Read More »

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The Five Types of Driving Impairment

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Here in Tampa, driver error causes over 90 percent of car crashes. These crashes usually cause some kind of injury, many of them serious and life-changing. Tragically, some of these victims do not survive. The vast majority of these cases are not unavoidable “accidents.” Instead, some form of negligence usually causes the collision. That… Read More »

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Near-Fatal Scooter-Tanker Wreck in Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A large tanker truck sideswiped a tiny e-scooter while the scooter rider was apparently driving in the bike lane. Emergency responders state that 33-year-old John Edgerton was not wearing a helmet as he rode his scooter in the bike lane. Near the intersection of 20th Street and Gordon Street, the scooter collided with a… Read More »

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Multiple Injuries in Pasco County School Bus Crash

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Several middle and high school students were among the victims when a passenger car slammed head-on into a school bus. The wreck occurred near the intersection of Kitten Trail and Oakwood Lane. For unknown reasons, a passenger car driver drifted into oncoming traffic and smashed into an oncoming school bus. The bus contained students… Read More »

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Fatal Rollover Crash in Plant City

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A factually and legally complex deadly vehicle collision near Tampa also sent a passenger to the hospital with serious injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 31-year-old Kilbert Rijos lost control of his SUV following a tire blowout. The out-of-control vehicle barrelled onto the median, where it overturned. Mr. Rijos was declared dead at… Read More »

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Spate of Officer-Involved Car Crashes in Pinellas County

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

In April 2019, two Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputies seriously injured several people in two different collisions. In one incident, 28-year-old Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Schultheis rear-ended a vehicle which was stopped in traffic, causing a chain-reaction crash that seriously injured three people. Deputy Schultheis had been with Pinellas County for less than four… Read More »

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Reckless North Port Crash Kills One and Injures Many

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A 19-year-old Port Charlotte High School graduate is in police custody after a deadly alcohol-fueled wreck. When Stephanie Evrard missed a curve near the intersection of Jenip Court and Joewood Circle, there were multiple teenage passengers in her SUV. Several teens were clinging to the roof of the vehicle. The SUV overturned and ejected… Read More »

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Bartow Mini-Bike Crash Kills Two Young Girls

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Nine and twelve-year-old sisters are dead after their mini-bike collided with a passenger truck on a neighborhood street. Charisma and Kiera Vega were riding the mini-bike near the intersection of Wellington Place and Connorville Road when they rode directly into the path of an oncoming truck. The truck driver, whose name was not released,… Read More »

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