Rayford Enfinger, Katie Enfinger, Julius Micale, and Levi Micale were sadly killed in Dixie County, Florida car accident around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. According to news reports, Eddie Pinner Lazo was driving a 2001 Ford Pickup along SE 56A Highway when he allegedly failed to stop at the intersection of U.S. 19, causing his pickup to crash into Rayford Efinger’s 1992 GMC pickup.
What makes this case so sad is not only the quadruple loss of life, which is just absolutely horrific, but the fact that the victims included children. News sources indicate that Katie Enfinger was only 15 and Levi Micale was only 13.
FHP is presently investigating the case and is waiting for the results of a blood test that was drawn from Eddie Pinner Lazo. The purpose of this test is to determine if he had an illegal amount of alcohol in his blood at the time of the crash.
If so, odds are he will be charged with DUI Manslaughter.
Given my perspective as an injury attorney, I can tell you the legal question presented in this case will be one of causation. In other words, who is responsible for causing the accident?
Based on eye witness testimony, it appears as though Eddie Pinner Lazo is the responsible party. Insofar as compensation is concerned, I would expect a case like this to be resolved by making an effective claim with both parties insurance companies.
Cases like these are heart wrenching and present yet another instance of insanely dangerous Florida’s roadways are. People are killed every single week in this state by drivers that are not paying attention, by drivers who are distracted, by drivers who are impaired, and by drivers who made an honest mistake.
As we follow these cases on this blog, it seems as though the last category – people who cause serious accidents by honest mistake – seem to be the smallest group. More and more I keep hearing about texting drivers, drinking drivers, and people who drove recklessly.
If anything positive can come from this case, hopefully it is community awareness about the dangers present on our roadways. We owe it to each other to be more careful.
Most importantly, my condolences go out to the Enfinger and Micale families as they mourn the loss of their loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.