Drunk Driving May Have Been a Factor in Palm Beach Garden Car Crash That Killed One Teen & Sent Four People to the Hospital
Charges may be filed in the Palm Beach Gardens car accident on Thursday night that claimed the life of 19-year-old Bryanna Sanville. The teenager was riding in the Kia Forte driven by her friend Sabrina Gavagni Fiorentino when the vehicle collided with a Ford Explorer.
According to police, Fiorentino, who was driving back from Jensen Beach, was trying to make a U-turn at around 11:30 pm when her car pulled in front of the SUV, which was driven by Dora J. Valencia, 42. The Ford hit the Kia on the passenger side, where Sanville was seated.
Valencia, her passengers (19-year-old Viviana Silva and a male minor) and Fiorentino were all taken to the hospital. Sanville, who doesn’t appear to have been wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at accident site. Now police are saying that alcohol may have been a factor in the Palm Beach County car crash.
Drunken driving continues to be the cause of hundreds of Florida motor vehicle crashes each year. In 2010, alcohol was a factor in 794 Florida traffic fatalities—and while that’s 210 less drunk driving deaths than the 1,004 Florida traffic deaths involving alcohol in 2009—that’s still too many lives lost.
Drunk driving is dangerous and leads people to make careless mistakes that they wouldn’t otherwise have made. Vision becomes impaired, cognitive and processing abilities, reaction time, and reflexes are slowed. If you or someone you love was injured in a Palm Beach County car crash that you believe occurred because another motorist was drunk, under the influence of drugs, texting while driving, talking on the cell phone, distracted for any other reason, or did anything else that you believe caused the accident, you should contact our Palm Beach personal injury law firm immediately.
Recently, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issued its traffic crash facts for 2010. While there has been a decline in traffic deaths—there were 2,563 Florida traffic fatalities in 2009 and 2,444 Florida traffic deaths in 2010—the state did see an increase in Florida pedestrian deaths with 499 lives lost in 2010 compared to the 482 Florida pedestrian fatalities in 2009.
More 2010 Florida Traffic Facts:
• 4,925 Florida bicycle crashes
• 76 bicycle deaths
• 4,600 bicyclist injuries
• 7,484 Florida motorcycle accidents
• 350 motorcycle deaths
• 33 motorcycle passenger fatalities
• 6,686 motorcyclist injuries
• 80 teen driver deaths
• 64 teen passenger fatalities
• 26,848 teen car crashes
• 10,563 teen drivers hurt
• 7,980 teen passengers injured
While Florida Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance will cover some injuries and damages, when serious injuries are involved this may not be enough to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and funeral and burial expenses, and other damages.
Alcohol suspected in crash that leaves one dead, four hurt in Palm Beach Gardens crash, Sun-Sentinel, September 30, 2011
Teen killed in Palm Beach Gardens crash 'could do anything', Palm Beach Post, September 30, 2011
2010 Traffic Safety Facts, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (PDF)
Related Web Resources:
Teen Drivers, CDC
More Blog Posts:
Pregnant Mom and Unborn Baby Killed in South Florida Wrong-Way Driving Accident on I-75, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, August 19, 2011
Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuit Blames Volusia County for Truck Accident on Beach that Killed 4-Year-Old, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, August 11, 2011
Ex-NBA Player Alonzo Mourning Sued Over Miami-Dade Car Collision, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, July 21, 2011