As a parent, it’s hard to imagine not knowing your child’s sense of duty toward others. You should know if he or she is a risk taker or if he or she is a considerate individual. Parents who gift inexperienced drivers with powerful vehicles put their children and others in danger. That’s what happened in this case.
According to the news, a 2018 Mustang GT was gifted to an 18-year-old man who was graduating from high school. It was only two days later that the worst possible scenario occurred: a fatal crash.
The 18-year-old man is accused of driving up to 102 mph along Bayshore Boulevard. It was there, while racing, that the young man struck a woman crossing the street with her 21-month-old daughter. The impact was so forceful that the woman was thrown at least 40 feet. The child and stroller landed beyond that another 30 feet at minimum. They both died from their injuries.
Following this event, the family that gifted the teen the high-powered vehicle ended up in the media, scrutinized for their choices. No one in the family has a criminal record.
Witnesses to the accident reported seeing teens racing on Bayshore while weaving in and out of traffic. The Mustang’s data recorder registered the vehicle at 102 mph, over 2.5 times the speed limit. All three teens who were in the vehicle, the driver and his two passengers, his brother and classmate, face charges.
Crashes like this take lives and ruin lives. As the family of someone who is killed, know that you do have the right to pursue your claim to the fullest extent regardless of a driver’s age.
Source: Tampa Bay Times, “Parents of teens in fatal Bayshore crash described as loving, attentive and devastated,” Anastasia Dawson, Claire McNeill, Tim Fanning and Tony Marrero, June 02, 2018