Florida suit claims car owner was responsible for crash

Car accidents can be caused by a variety of different factors, including inattentive and drunk drivers, excessive speeds or driving and texting. Sometimes, as shown in the following case, it may be a combination. A civil suit has been filed regarding an accident that occurred nearly a year ago on Aug. 10, 2013. While no one has been criminally charged yet in the crash that killed one man and injured another, the suit alleges that the 43-year-old male owner of a Ferrari that hit the back of a Hyundai was the driver and names him and his wife as defendants.

According to reports, the car crash occurred on Interstate 75 in Miami-Dade County just north of Northwest 138th street around 12:30 a.m. After the Ferrari rear-ended the Hyundai, the Hyundai was flipped over several times and went into the median. One of the two men in the car died at the scene, and the other was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

According to an incident report from the Highway Patrol, the Ferrari’s driver “failed to render aid and fled the scene prior to the arrival of any first responders.” A police spokesman said that witnesses reported seeing a man at the scene. While Florida Highway Patrol have said that they are continuing to make progress on the case, the owner of the Ferrari has not yet been charged criminally and is simply being called a “person of interest.” The suit claims that it was the owner of the Ferrari — a veteran racecar driver — that was driving the car that night. It also alleges that the man was drinking prior to the accident and was driving at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.
This is an especially interesting case due to the fact that no criminal charges have been filed against the owner as yet, and the outcome may be important for victims in similar cases exploring their legal options in the future.

Source: Sun-Sentinel, “Partner of man killed in Ferrari smash sues car owner,” Mike Clary, May 27, 2014