Three pedestrians were in a crosswalk in Pensacola when a driver slammed into them, according to reports. The car, a 2001 Chevy Lumina, was being driven by a 19-year-old man. He did not get hurt in the wreck, but the same was not true for the pedestrians he hit, all of whom were also in their teens.
The two young men who were hit were 19. One of them had minor injuries and wasn't taken to the hospital, but the other sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Baptist Hospital. Despite the efforts of the medical team, he passed away from his injuries.
The third pedestrian was a woman who is 18 years old. She'd just graduated from Greater Johnstown High School in 2016. She also ended up at Baptist Hospital and has so far survived the incident, but her injuries have been described as critical.
The Athletic Director at Greater Johnstown High School knew the young woman, who was on the cheerleading squad. He said she was outstanding, fun to be around, and a "fierce competitor." He seemed optimistic, saying that fierce spirit would help her recover.
At this time, the Florida police are investigating and do not think that alcohol was a factor in the wreck.
Serious injuries, even those that don't prove to be fatal, can have a lasting impact on a young person's life. They can derail the plans that person had going forward and make certain physical activities -- such as athletics -- impossible. When this happens and a person's quality of life is drastically decreased, financial compensation can sometimes be sought.
Source: The Tribune Democrat, "Johnstown graduate injured in Florida car-pedestrians accident that kills one," Patrick Buchnowski, accessed Nov. 29, 2016