Police rescue a trapped grandmother and a child after a pedestrian accident in Florida
Last updated Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023
Tampa Police and Good Samaritans rescued a great-grandmother and child trapped underneath a car following a bizarre pedestrian accident in Florida.
The Tampa Police Department reported that they received a call regarding a pedestrian accident on 2901 North Dale Mabry Highway near Arbor Ponds Apartments at around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 18.
Corporal Lance Baker found an 80-year-old woman and a three-year-old girl trapped underneath a 2006 Toyota Corolla. Apparently, the Corolla’s driver, a 23-year-old male, did not notice the woman pushing her great-granddaughter in a stroller as he backed out of a parking space. Upon feeling a bump, he assumed it was a storm drain and attempted to move over it.
As the car refused to move, he realized he’d hit someone. A few neighbors and strangers jumped in and lifted the car with a hydraulic jack before first responders arrived. Corporal Lance Baker was then able to free both victims.
Firefighters who had arrived as part of the first response team helped him cut the child free from her stroller. Both victims received immediate medical attention and were transported to a local hospital. While the woman is in critical condition, the three-year-old is doing well.
This crash is not suspected to be the result of impairment, and the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the police. Investigations are still ongoing, and no charges have yet been filed.
We wish both the injured a speedy recovery.
This pedestrian accident in Florida should never have happened
Fatalities in pedestrian accidents are more common than in car accidents in Florida. A GHSA report released in 2021 shows 899 pedestrians were killed in Florida, a significant increase over the number reported in 2020.
Driving safely and walking with a high degree of awareness are the only ways to avoid such accidents. Here are some of the precautions to take while walking on the streets or in parking areas:
- Walk on the sidewalk whenever you can
- When possible, use crosswalks
- While walking, always be aware of your surroundings
- Don’t let parked cars or other obstructions obstruct your view of traffic coming your way
Accidents victims must receive compensation
Pedestrian accidents often result in more serious injuries because of the force of the impact. The amount of compensation you may receive will depend on the gravity of your injuries.
Did another person’s negligence injure you? Rebein Law’s qualified Tampa Pedestrian Accident Lawyer is on hand to help you with your questions and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Feel free to contact us for a fair and objective case evaluation.
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Disclaimer: The purpose of this post is to inform our readers about the dangers of driving and to provide information for people who are injured in an accident in Florida. This post is not a solicitation for business. None of the information provided is intended to be legal or medical advice. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene.
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