Two female pedestrians. Two car accidents. One death and the other with life-threatening injuries.
Yesterday, a pedestrian vs. car accident in Clearwater critically injured Ivonne B. Ramos-Solis as she was hit on U.S. 19. Ms. Ramos-Solis was crossing the highway between Belleair and Nursery roads just before 5 p.m. when she was hit by a vehicle driven by Terry L. Howell, of Ohio. According to reports, the crossing signal was activated as Ramos-Solis was going across the street. Ms. Howell was headed eastbound on Nursery Road attempting to turn north on U.S. 19 when he struck the woman, she said. Ramos-Solis was flown to Bayfront Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Later that night, a 72-year-old woman who lived in an assisted-living facility was hit by a car and killed in Brandon as she crossed Bloomingdale Avenue. Reports indicate that at about 10:45 p.m., Julia Jacobson, of the Claridge House at the Bridges in Riverview was hit by a 2008 Toyota driven by 21-year-old Joseph Stevens, of Valrico. Ms. Jacobson died at the scene.
The Christmas season will be forever changed for the Ramos-Solis family as well as Ms. Jacobson’s family. I am sure that the drivers of the car will also be affected because of the accidents.
These two pedestrian accidents should serve to remind us to watch out for pedestrians. Look at the crosswalks before making your turns. Look ahead of you to spot pedestrians that could pose a threat of walking out into the road. Be proactive when you drive so you don’t have to be reactive.
Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t. If you have questions about your legal rights after you or a loved one is hit by a car, click here to contact Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes. Remember, insurance companies have attorneys working for them–so should you!