Personal Injury

Wrongful Death Settlement Reached After Tampa Plastic Surgeon Killed in 2019 Indiana Plane Crash

On October 5, 2019, Dr. Daniel P. Greenwald, a plastic surgeon from Tampa, was tragically killed in a plane crash shortly after taking off from Kokomo Municipal Airport in Kokomo, Indiana. His plane, a twin-engine Piper Aerostar 603P, crashed about four miles away from the airport.  A settlement was recently reached with his estate, and the city of Kokomo, stemming from the accident.

When the National Transportation Safety Board issued their preliminary report a few weeks after the accident, although a cause of the crash was not listed, it emphasized the type of fuel that had been put in the aircraft while it was on the ramp at Kokomo airport.. The post-crash, preliminary report revealed that several of the planes spark plugs sustained damage “consistent with detonation” and that a clear liquid “consistent in color and order with that of Jet A Fuel” was found in the fuel lines and manifolds of both engines. 

Many people who are not in aviation do not realize that there are two types of fuel available for aircraft in the U.S.: Jet Fuel, or “Jet A,” and “Av gas.” Avgas is sometimes called 100LL.  Jetfuel is usually used in turboprop planes and jets, and Avgas, short for aviation gasoline, fuels power piston aircraft, like Cessna 172s and Piper Cherokees.  The type of fuel used depends on the type of engine. Jet A is colorless or “straw” colored, and Avgas is dyed blue. However, Avgas mixed with Jet Fuel may also appear light blue. 

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One Person Killed in May 15th Hillsborough County Rollover Crash on US 41

WTSB Tampa Bay reported one person was killed in a crash on U.S. 41 on Saturday, May 15th. The Florida Highway Patrol told the news outlet that two vehicles were heading southbound on U.S. 41 when one vehicle attempted to pass another vehicle. Very limited information was available about the incident. Our thoughts go out to all involved.

It is not clear if the driver making the passing attempt was going to the left or right around the vehicle. However, the pass attempt was not successful, as the passing car struck the back of the car it was passing. The impact caused the first vehicle to go off the west shoulder. The driver reportedly over-corrected and their vehicle overturned. The driver suffered minor injuries. The driver of the car that was struck also went off the roadway and struck a power pole. The driver died at the scene of the collision. 

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Van Crashes Into Restaurant on Fowler in Tampa

Five people were hurt after a Chevrolet van crashed into a Tampa restaurant Wednesday afternoon, Fox 13 News reported. The incident happened at the First Watch on Fowler Avenue at around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5. 

It is always unfortunate when innocent bystanders are hurt. Our thoughts go out to all injured last week in this accident. We wish them the best for a speedy recovery. 

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Traffic Collisions in Florida Likely to Increase As Traffic Returns to Pre-Pandemic Levels

People are returning to school and work. Employers are hiring, and tourism is picking up, as restrictions on social gathering and dining are being eased. And, according to data provided to The Associated Press by the transportation analytics firm Inrix, the number of daily passenger vehicle trips reached pre-pandemic levels for the first time in a year at the end of March. 

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It is likely that in the coming spring and summer months, traffic accidents will increase. More cars on the road mean will likely mean more crashes, and more vehicle drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians being injured or killed. 

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Pedestrian Tragically Killed in Suspected DUI Crash in Clearwater

A pedestrian was killed on Monday, April 5th in Clearwater, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The car vs. pedestrian accident occurred on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard at about 8:45 pm., just west of Belcher Road. The pedestrian, who was not identified, was struck by a Jeep Patriot. After the accident, he was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he later died. The driver of the Jeep, an 18-year-old man, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of DUI. 

Clearwater Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Our thoughts go out to the family and loved ones of the victim of this crash. Losing a loved one unexpectedly is heartbreaking and devastating. Crashes involving impaired drivers are especially frustrating, as they can so easily be prevented. 

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Bicyclist Seriously Injured in Hit and Run Crash March 29th in Pinellas Park

A bicyclist was seriously injured early Monday morning in the 6200 block of 66th Street, the Pinellas Beaches Patch reported. The cyclist, a 34-year-old man from Kenneth City, was reportedly riding southbound on 66th street, when he was struck from behind by a red vehicle, believed to be a 2006-2010 Chrysler 300 or Magnum. According to police, the car has a damaged side mirror on the passenger side. 

Pinellas Park Police Are Investigating

Pinellas Park Police Investigating The Cause Of the Crash 

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Anyone with information on this March 29th bicycle crash, including the identity of the driver,  should call the Pinellas Park Police Department at 727-369-7864. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County at 800-873-TIPS (8477). 

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