No charges have yet been filed against a woman who allegedly caused a fatal accident on the Sawgrass Expressway in Coral Springs on Nov. 17, but publicity is surrounding the fact that she tweeted about being drunk just hours before the collision. Two young women, aged 20 and 21, died as a result of the accident.
The car accident occurred west of University Drive as the inebriated driver was apparently going the wrong way on the Expressway. At about 1:45 a.m., the woman’s Hyundai Sonata struck the 20-year-old victim’s Toyota Camry. The 21-year-old passenger reportedly died on impact. The Camry’s driver died Nov. 21 as a result of traumatic head injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the Sonata was hospitalized and was listed in serious condition as of Nov. 21. Officials have reported that the woman’s license had been suspended in 2008, but it wasn’t clear if her license had been reinstated since then. It was also not clear if a blood alcohol test was given.
The accused woman, 20, allegedly tweeted ‘2 drunk 2 care” shortly before the crash, and relatives of the victims expressed their outrage over the tweet. The families of the two deceased women, who were reportedly best friends, are now dedicated to increasing highway safety in the hopes of avoiding wrong way crashes in the future.
Those facing the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another person on a Florida roadway may have many questions they would like answered. Even if the accused driver does not end up being charged by state prosecutors, the families of the deceased women may decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit. They may be able to receive compensation for medical bills and burial costs as well as pain and suffering.
Source: SunSentinel, ‘Second woman from wrong-way Sawgrass crash dies,” Rodriguez, Ihosvani, Nov. 21, 2013
Source: CBS Miami, “Driver In Deadly Sawgrass Crash Tweeted “2 drunk 2 care” Hours Before Accident“, Carey Codd, November 21, 2013