A Brandon, Florida car accident involving a truck and two cars ended in one dead and two injured on July 2, according to news reports. A yet unnamed 79-year-old woman from Sun City was killed, while a couple, Priscilla and Jason Munsch, reportedly suffered minor injuries in the collision. The driver of the truck, W.L. Williams, was able to walk away unscathed. No criminal charges have been filed pending an investigation into the accident, which was reportedly caused by a break failure.
The truck is reportedly the property of TNS, Jr. Hauling, a Riverview company. It is not clear whether the truck was carrying cargo at the time. It is also not known whether the break failure was due to a manufacturing error, failure to conduct proper maintenance on the vehicle, or some other factor. It remains to be seen whether the deceased woman’s family plans on taking legal action.
According to news reports, the Florida Highway Patrol indicated that after the breaks failed, 36-year-old Williams veered into the grassy median and southbound lanes of U.S. 301 in an attempted to avoid crashing. He then drove into the path of 34-year-old Munsch’s 2004 Acura. The nearly head-on collision sent the Acura and truck spinning into a 2005 Kia driven by the 79-year-old victim.
Following the crash, Priscilla and 31-year-old Jason Munsch were taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. The unnamed victim was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where she died from her injuries. The highway was closed for a time following the accident to allow for cleanup and investigation.
Unfortunately, this was not the sole recent accident in Florida. Deputy Luis Hernandez of the Marion County police force ended up in the hospital after an 85-year-old driver hit him while he was directing traffic in Dunnellon, Florida on Saturday, according to news reports. Hernandez, 26, was last reported as recovering from his injuries at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainsville. No charges have been filed pending the results of an investigation into the incident.
News sources indicate that Hernandez was struck while he was directing traffic at the intersection of Southwest 75th Street and U.S. 41 in Dunnellon, in front of St. John’s Catholic Church, on Saturday evening. The deputy was reportedly directing traffic at approximately 5:30 p.m. when Rita Ryan attempted to steer her Nissan Maxima from the church’s driveway onto U.S. 41. Hernandez reportedly directed her to exit the driveway, but she miscalculated and struck Hernandez instead.
Hernandez reportedly shot over the hood of the car and fell to the ground, striking his head and suffering from injuries on his torso. Luckily, he was wearing a road guard vest which may have saved him from further injury. He remained conscious and was able to call emergency dispatch himself.
Law enforcement blocked off the intersection for two hours following the collision in order to conduct an investigation. Ryan, who showed no signs of impairment, reportedly provided a blood sample at the crash site. There is no indication that she has ever been involved in a similar car accident in the past.