A crash on Immokalee road took the life of a pedestrian on Friday afternoon. The victim, 54-year-old Luiz Diez, was struck by an out-of-control truck in North Naples. According to NBC Channel Two News, the truck struck another vehicle before striking Diez, and then hit a light pole or tree before coming to rest in a field beside the roadway. Witness reports indicate that the driver may have tried swerving to avoid hitting Diez, but the truck was just too out of control to miss him. Witnesses also report that the scene was incredibly busy with law enforcement officers, onlookers, emergency medical responders and the fire department.
At this time, alcohol isn’t believed to be a factor, but this tragic crash is likely still under investigation. First responders were quickly on the scene, and the driver of the truck was taken to Naples Community Hospital (NCH) for treatment of serious injuries. There is no word yet on what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, or if anybody else was injured in this crash.
Everyone is a Pedestrian
According to a 2013 traffic safety report, on average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes on U.S roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Everyone is a Pedestrian” safety campaign is aimed at raising awareness about pedestrian safety across the United States. In 2011, pedestrians were one of the few roadway user groups to actually experience an increase in fatalities.
Pedestrian Safety in Southwest Florida
Pedestrian safety needs to be a top priority for the driving community. Pedestrians and cyclists don’t have the same safety gear that passenger car occupants have. There are no seatbelts, airbags or steel cages to protect them. Pedestrians can take steps to increase their safety, but ultimately drivers have to share the road and recognize that everyone is a pedestrian. If you or a loved has been struck and injured by a car or truck, contact an experienced Southwest Florida Personal Injury attorney as soon as possible. The team at Weldon & Rothman, PL sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Mr. Diez.
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Richard L. Weldon, II is an experienced Florida personal injury attorney who has obtained the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He is the managing attorney of Weldon & Rothman, PL – a Southwest Florida law firm with offices in Naples, Fort Myers, and Sarasota.