Two women from Pompano Beach lost their lives Saturday night when a vehicle heading the wrong direction on Interstate 95 slammed into their 2007 Toyota Matrix. A 23-year-old and 24-year-old both perished in the accident.
Admerson Cleber Eugenio Vicente, 23, of Jupiter, was driving a 2006 Jeep Cherokee the wrong direction in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 when his vehicle collided head-on with the Toyota. Vicente was taken to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition.
According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, the collision resulted in a fiery explosion and caused the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 to be shut down for some time. All traffic was diverted at the Martin Highway exit until the wreckage could be cleared. While it is not yet known if drugs or alcohol played a part in the fatal crash, Vicente did have a history of driving while under the influence of alcohol and had his driver’s license revoked earlier this year.
Although wrong-way collisions only account for three percent of all vehicle accidents, they are on the rise. In 2012, a Port St. Lucie woman drove her vehicle south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95, killing a Tennessee couple and two children. The woman, identified as Carolyn Ramos, was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment as part of a plea bargain to DUI manslaughter. Read Wrong-Way Accidents Problematic in Florida to learn more about Florida’s issue with wrong-way collisions.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, new safety measures have been implemented to help deter wrong-way accidents; however it’s too soon to know definitively if these new measures are helping to save lives.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident , we’re here to help. The personal injury attorneys at Gordon & Partners believe all victims of auto accidents deserve justice. Contact us for a free legal consultation today by calling 1 (855) 722-2552.