Charged with DUI manslaughter after driving Ford Mustang into bike at 2:15 a.m. on Allen Road in Zephyrhills
ZEPHYRHILLS, FL, (July 04, 2021) – Andrea Nadine Woods, 43, of Zephyrhills, faces DUI manslaughter charges after killing a 17-year-old riding a bicycle on Sunday, July 4th, in Zephyrhills. Authorities say Ms. Woods had more than three times the state’s legal limit of alcohol in her system at the time of the crash.
The teen was riding a bicycle just after 2:15 a.m. on Allen Road, south of Happy Days Drive, when a Ford Mustang driven by Ms. Woods struck the bike.
The teen sadly was pronounced dead at the scene.
FATAL DUI ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION NEEDED
Our roads pose a unique danger for bicycle riders. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 854 cyclists died in accidents with motor vehicles, accounting for 2 percent of traffic fatalities.
Mixing impaired driving into the equation is a recipe for disaster. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 30 people die each day in the U.S. in drunk-driving crashes, which is one person every 50 minutes. More than 10,000 people die in drunk driving crashes each year.
“Bicyclists are particularly vulnerable on the road, and many factors can contribute to serious crashes,” said Candice Bond, Managing Partner at Bond Legal and national analyst for The Legal Advocate. “It is imperative to come to a determination the exact cause of these types of accidents. An attorney has the resources to review applicable insurance coverage, hire expert witnesses, run background checks, and locate witnesses. We carefully guide the family of the victim through the process.”
Bond said in cases such as this that it’s important to have an independent investigation conducted as soon as possible to better preserve any evidence.
“In addition to a police report, an attorney will carefully review what may have contributed to the crash,” Bond said.
WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM
Pending results of any investigations, the family of the 17-year-old bicyclist may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. Survivors of wrongful death victims may seek damages for loss of love and companionship, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and emotional distress following a tragic or catastrophic accident.
“Grieving families of victims are sometimes overwhelmed by the legal processes that are in place to protect their rights,” said Stefano Formica, Of Counsel at Bond Legal. “An attorney can be a valuable and compassionate resource to help guide a family during this difficult time, and ensure that those left behind receive the restitution they are entitled to.”
If your loved one has been killed at the hands of a drunken driver and would like a no-cost consultation, please contact our national legal analysts Candice Bond and Stefano Formica today
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