The Ocala Police Department issued a report regarding a serious collision between a minivan and a pickup truck that occurred in the afternoon of Thursday, July 30.
Left Turn Attempted
Police say that a female motorist from Hackettstown, New Jersey, was driving a 2002 Dodge minivan when she attempted to turn left from eastbound West State Road to northbound Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. At the same time, a 2001 Dodge ram pickup truck was westbound on State Road 40. The two vehicles collided in the intersection.
Responding Ocala Fire Rescue emergency personnel worked to extricate a 57-year-old female passenger from the minivan. Emergency personnel rushed her to Ocala Regional Medical Center, but she did not survive. The two other occupants of the minivan, the driver and a five-year-old girl, received medical treatment at ORMC before being released, according to Ocala.com.
The 55-year-old male motorist driving the pickup did not require treatment at the hospital. Police say all four individuals involved in the wreck were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Motorists Tell Different Stories to Authorities
Police report that the motorists provided different versions of events. The minivan driver said she had a green arrow and therefore made a turn at approximately 10 mph. The driver of the pickup said he had a green light, and he was traveling at about 40 mph.
Although the investigation into this crash is ongoing, victims of traffic accidents often seek compensation in the state's civil court system. When it is reasonable to assert that the negligent conduct of another motorist caused injury or death, it is often possible to file civil litigation that seeks monetary damages for medical expenses, pain-and-suffering and possible lost wages.
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