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Don't Pass Unless It's Clear - Two Critically Injured In Crash On Prinevill Street

Drive safe, drive defensively - everyone knows this and most people do most of the time. However we get a little impatient, and complacent sometimes, and as auto accident lawyers serving southwest Florida, we know that is when the worst can happen.

Florida Highway Patrol reported another serious crash in our area, this time involving a driver who attempted to pass another vehicle and crashed head-on with a vehicle in the other lane.

The accident happened Thursday night in Port Charlotte as a 17-year-old boy was driving a sedan northbound on Prineville Street approaching the intersection with Hineline Street.

As the young driver drove north, a sedan driven by a 64-year-old man from Port Charlotte was headed south in the opposing lane, with a 60-year-old woman passenger, also from Port Charlotte.

The 17-year-old driver encountered slower traffic and despite a sweeping curve at this section of the road attempted to pass the slower vehicle.

At 8:00 PM the 17-year-old driver crossed the double yellow line into the opposite lane and accelerated to overtake the slower vehicle failing to get back into his lane before the oncoming car with the 64-year-old man and his passenger in the lane rounded the curve.

The two vehicles collided head-on and came to a stop in the area of the crash.

Both the 64-year-old man and his passenger were critically injured in the crash.

The 17-year-old suffered only minor injuries, however, FHP has stated charges are pending in the accident.

Thankfully all parties involved had been wearing safety belts during the crash.

As car accident attorneys for Port Charlotte, we see this kind of thing all too often. We implore you to drive safely, and don't take chances that can place yourself and others at risk just to get wear you are going a little faster.

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