Jason Starks and Steven Carl Klix were injured after Klix allegedly fell asleep at the wheel while driving on Interstate 95, sources indicate. Starks, 34, was critically injured, while Klix, 30, sustained minor injuries. Police are currently conducting an investigation into the car accident and have not yet filed charges. It remains to be seen whether Starks will file for damages>.
According to reports, the accident occurred early Sunday on Interstate 95 around State Road 809. Klix was northbound in his 1999 Mercury Marquis when he allegedly dozed off, struck a concrete barrier, and collided with Starks’s 2012 Chevrolet Impala. The two cars veered across several lanes; the Impala reportedly flipped over and collided with a tree.
Starks was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center and was listed as being in serious condition, sources say. Reports say Klix sustained minor injuries, though it is unclear whether he received medical aid. It is also unclear whether drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.
Many drivers are wary of the effects of alcohol, drugs, and cell phone use while driving, but sleep deprivation is another serious concern. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of adults said they had fallen asleep while driving in a 2005 study. Around 100,000 crashes each year are attributed to dozing off while driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says: that translates to about 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and about $12.5 billion in damages annually. Various organizations recommend getting enough sleep and taking quick walking breaks during long trips to avoid falling asleep on the road.
In other news, Allison Meyer and Rosalia Prado got into a car accident on Sunday; passenger Dino Ghilotti was killed in the crash, news sources report. Meyer and Prado sustained minor injuries. Florida Highway Patrol officials are currently investigating to determine the exact cause of the crash. Police have not said whether they intend to press charges.
According to reports, Ghilotti had recently graduated as a business major from the University of Miami and had planned to work at his family’s construction business. A spokesperson for the University released a statement following the crash, saying, “The entire university community is heartbroken to hear of the tragic traffic accident which resulted in the death of a UM student who just celebrated his graduation on Friday.” A mass was held for Ghilotti at a local church today.
Reports say the crash occurred Sunday morning at the corner of Bird Road and San Amaro Drive. Ghilotti was in the passenger seat of Meyer’s car, which was approaching the intersection. Prado had just gotten out of work at BT’s Gentlemen’s Club and was eastbound on Bird Road. Though it is not yet clear what went wrong, the two vehicles collided at the intersection. The details of the crash, including the respective speeds of the vehicles and who had the right of way, are not yet available.
A witness reportedly said paramedics pulled Ghilotti from the back seat of Meyer’s vehicle. “They were trying to resuscitate [Ghilotti], who was lying right next to the car… it was obvious they weren’t successful,” a witness said. “He was just lying there motionless.”