A Dadeland, Florida pedestrian was struck by a car while crossing the street on Sunday, news sources report. Information regarding the 17-year-old victim’s identity and the identity of the driver was not immediately available following the incident. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Miami Children’s Hospital, reports indicate. Police are currently investigating. So far, it is unclear whether the driver will be charged.
The accident reportedly happened around 8:00 Sunday evening at the intersection of Southwest 77th Avenue and Southwest 88th Street in Dadeland. The victim was crossing the intersection when a black Nissan struck him, sources indicate. The collision knocked off the victim’s headphones, reports say. His t-shirt was apparently also found in the road after the crash.
The driver appeared sober, remained at the scene of the crash, and is cooperating with the investigators, sources say. The driver’s name has not been released to the public. It is not clear whether he or she sustained injuries in the accident.
The victim was critically injured and was rushed to the Miami Children’s Hospital for treatment, sources indicate. An update on his condition was not immediately available at press time. The Florida Highway Patrol is currently investigating the crash.
Traffic accidents are common in South Florida. Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles records show there were 43,260 traffic crashes in Miami-Dace County in 2010; those crashes were responsible for 29,065 injuries.
In another example from earlier this week, Loxahatchee resident Wesley Clothier and three children were injured when he lost control of his car, which left the street and collided with numerous trees, sources report. Clothier and one of the children sustained critical injuries, while the two other childrens’ injuries were not as serious. The victims were all taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center. Police are investigating the crash and it is unclear whether alcohol played a role.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 5:30 Sunday evening near the intersection of Haverhill Road and Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach. Reports say Clothier was heading west on Southern Boulevard in a 1997 Ford Mustang. Clothier was allegedly driving slowly and erratically with the three children in his vehicle. It is not clear whether he and the children were wearing seatbelts. Reports do not specify what relationship Clothier has to the kids.
As he approached the intersection, Clothier accelerated and left the roadway, sources indicate. The Mustang exited the street, entered the median, rolled over, and collided with numerous trees. One child was reportedly thrown from the vehicle in the accident.
Paramedics rushed the victims to St. Mary’s Medical Center following the crash. Clothier and one of the children sustained critical injuries and were placed on trauma alert. The other two victims reportedly sustained less severe wounds. An update on the victims’ conditions was not immediately available at press time.
The West Palm Police department is investigating the accident. A toxicology report is pending.
Drunk driving is to blame for thousands of accidents in the United States every year. According to the FLHSMV, DUI drivers were responsible for 1,123 car accidents in Palm Beach County in 2010. Those DUI crashes were responsible for 31 fatalities, reports indicate.