A recent car crash in Osceola County highlights the danger of driving through a flashing red light. When a driver fails to yield the right-of-way, the consequences can be quite serious.
A sheriff’s deputy suffered serious injuries in a car accident involving three vehicles earlier this week. According to the Orlando Sentinel, a 61-year-old man was driving along Lakeside Drive near the intersection of Boggy Creek Road. He apparently drove his Kia sedan through a flashing red light.
Another driver, a 45-year-old woman, also drove through the intersection on a green light in her BMW sedan, she says. She swerved to avoid the other driver coming at her and hit a third vehicle nearly head-on. That was the deputy’s vehicle.
The 29-year-old man suffered injuries, including damage after glass was sprayed into his eyes. He was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center where his condition was not immediately reported. The driver of the BMW suffered minor injuries and was treated at Florida Hospital in Kissimmee. The driver who allegedly set off the collision, but avoided coming into contact with any vehicles, was not injured.
That driver was issued a ticket for failing to yield the right-of-way. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the light at the intersection is set to flash yellow and red until 6 a.m., which is just about when the accident occurred. It’s possible that the crash happened just as the light was changing to the full cycle of green, yellow and red lights. The trooper says he remember seeing a flashing yellow light just before the crash.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Osceola deputy hurt in crash,” Henry Pierson Curtis, Jan. 19, 2012