Two women traveling on a Florida sidewalk were mowed down by a flatbed truck when it cut across oncoming traffic, jumped the curb and hit the two pedestrians. Initial reports reveal that both victims were drug about 100 feet across a motel parking lot before the truck hit a fence and came to a stop, just before plunging into the motel pool.
The truck driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He told police that he had had a medical episode while behind the wheel that resulted in him coughing heavily and blacking out. The driver of the truck had no recollection of the fatal truck accident and was reported by witnesses as asking what happened and whether anyone was hurt after exiting through the passenger side of the semi.
A blood sample was taken from the truck driver, as per protocol for auto and truck crashes that result in serious or fatal injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the fatal truck accident.
Medical emergencies -- like a heart attack, seizure, stroke or loss of consciousness -- can threaten the lives of individuals simply by occurring. But, when they happen behind the wheel of a car, truck or other motor vehicle, they can also be deadly to others.
When a driver suffers a medical emergency his or her vehicle typically doesn't stop until it hits something, like the fence in the Florida truck crash. This puts everyone at risk, including other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists, for serious or fatal injury.
Source: The Miami Herald, "2 pedestrians killed in crash," April 25, 2012