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Driver in Fatal Crash had History of Traffic Tickets

February 5, 2012
Colson Hicks Eidson

Any fatal car crash is tragic, but a fatal accident last week in Miami took the life of a 17-year-old and the driver had a well-documented history of careless driving. Seven teens from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) took a field trip to the Everglades. After the trip, the teens got into an SUV driven by a DJJ administrator.

According to a report at, around 10:15 p.m., the SUV was driving on Wagon Wheel Road when it went off the road while making a turn on a curved road. The SUV ended up partially submerged in a nearby canal. The driver and one of the teens died in the car accident. The remaining teen passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries in the SUV crash.

The DJJ administrator driving the SUV had a history of driving infractions. He received 18 traffic citations since 2006, including five speeding tickets, failing to obey a traffic control device, hit-and-run, running a red light, making an improper turn and driving an unsafe car. In addition, he had a violation for providing alcohol to a minor.

One of our earlier blog posts highlighted the inherent dangers of SUVs. Careful and attentive driving, however, is critical to prevent accidents like this from occurring.

Do you take additional precautions when driving an SUV?

Colson Hicks Eidson – Florida injury attorneys