A Hollywood, Florida beachgoer was injured Tuesday when a beach supervisor in a city-issued truck accidentally ran him over, news sources indicate. The 55-year-old beachgoer was not identified publicly; he was taken to the Memorial Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the truck was identified only as a supervisor at the Hollywood Beach Safety department. An investigation into the accident is ongoing and, so far, no one has been charged with a crime. It is not yet known whether the victim will file for damages.
Reports say the accident occurred around 2:30 in the afternoon on Tuesday at a beach located off North Ocean Drive in Hollywood. The victim was lying on the beach near a sand dune while a Hollywood Beach Safety Division supervisor traveled along the beach in a truck, sources say. The supervisor was apparently making the usual rounds to inspect the beach and make sure everyone was okay. At some point during that trip, the supervisor unknowingly ran the victim over and left the scene. Reports say he did not realize that he had run over the man until some other beachgoers waved him down.
The truck’s exhaust system reportedly struck the man as it went over him, causing minor lacerations, contusions, and burns to his body. Paramedics and nearby lifeguards arrived on the scene to treat the victim; he was later taken to the Memorial Regional Hospital to be treated for his non-life threatening injuries. An investigation into the accident is ongoing and no one has been charged with a crime so far. Unfortunately, these instances do occur on Florida beaches from time to time. It will remain to be seen whether this is the incident that will finally set off changes in regulation about motor vehicles on the beach.
In other accident-related news, Courtney Brooke Treece was killed Monday in a MacClenny, Florida accident when she fell off the back of an ATV that her husband was driving, news sources indicate. Treece was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Her husband, James Allen Treece, was not injured in the accident. An investigation is ongoing and, so far, no one has been charged with any wrongdoing.
Reports say the accident occurred sometime Monday on a road in Hamilton County. Treece was aboard an all-terrain vehicle with her husband when they encountered a rough turn. Treece ended up falling off of the rear of the ATV. She struck the street headfirst and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. They have reported that neither the driver nor the passenger was wearing a seatbelt or a helmet at the time of the accident. It is unclear whether the investigators will issue a citation or criminal charges.
According to the National AG Safety Database, nearly 80% of all ATV-related crash fatalities are due to injuries to the central nervous system. The NASD says that by wearing a helmet, a rider may reduce their risk of a fatal accident by as much as 42%. In addition, the NASD says the chance of a ATV accident is increased when the driver attempts risky maneuvers or is travelling with a passenger.