A tragic SUV rollover accident killed a Norcross, Georgia high school basketball standout and three of his family members in October 2011. As reported at gantdaily.com, Darrian George was driving a Chevy Tahoe on I-75 enroute to Miami when he lost control of the vehicle around 3 a.m. near Ocala, Florida. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the SUV flipped several times before landing on its roof in the northbound lane.
There were eight people inside the Tahoe and six of them ejected from the vehicle in the rollover. George and his stepmother died at the accident scene, according to the FHP report. Two others, a 7-year-old and 3-year-old, succumbed to their injuries at Shands University of Florida Hospital. Four other passengers suffered minor injuries and one was hospitalized in critical condition.
Investigators do not believe speed was a factor in the rollover. It was determined only one of the passengers in the SUV was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
It is difficult to speculate on the cause of such a tragic accident. While SUVs are extremely popular vehicles, they also have a high center of gravity and are prone to tipping. And of course, drivers and passengers should always wear seat belts no matter what type of vehicle they are driving.
Colson Hicks Eidson – Florida injury attorneys