When people have a history of suffering from medical conditions that can compromise their ability to operate a motor vehicle safely, precautions are often taken to make sure they do not drive until certain conditions are met. For many of those people in Florida, this process may require obtaining a prescription that helps to manage their symptoms and even then, they may not be allowed to drive depending on the severity of their condition.
In a tragic situation out of New York, a woman was charged with reckless driving and negligent homicide after striking a group of pedestrians because she was having a seizure and lost control of her vehicle. The accident resulted in the deaths of two children and an unborn baby and left two women critically injured. During an investigation into the accident, it was discovered that the woman had a history of seizures related to a medical condition she suffered from. She also had been issued citations in the past for speeding. According to officials, she should not have been allowed to operate a vehicle given her risks and the past citations she had accumulated on her record.
Most recently, the woman accused of causing the accident was found deceased in her home. Investigators believe she committed suicide after pills and a note was found near her. It is unknown when her next court appearance was scheduled.
If people have been injured because of the recklessness of another person, they may wish to hire an attorney to help them. Legal professionals have the experience to compile and organize facts to create a compelling case.
Source: azcentral, "Driver who fatally struck Broadway actress' children now dead of apparent suicide: police," Jayme Deerwester, Nov. 8, 2018