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Stop For Red Lights - Red Light Runner Causes Fatal Crash At Veterans and Atwater In Port Charlotte

At All Injuries Law Firm we unfortunately, see the impact careless driving can have on our community. A fatal crash that took place yesterday at Veterans Boulevard and Atwater is exactly the kind of accident we hope to never see. Red-light running is one of the top causes of fatal accidents nation-wide and the crash that took place very early Friday morning is an example of why it is so important for drivers to be patient, and come to a stop when the light is changing.

The Crash that took place last night happened as 23-year-old man from North Port was speeding in a car heading east on Veterans Boulevard towards the intersection with Artwater Street.

As the man was approaching Atwater at a high rate of speed, a Sport Utility Vehicle with two people, a 31-year-old man from Port Charlotte and a 29-year-old woman from Port Charlotte, was driving northbound on Atwater street and approaching the same intersection with Veterans Boulevard.

At about 3:50 AM the man from North Port failed to stop for the red light as the SUV entered the intersection, and the front of the car crashed into the left side of the SUV.

After the crash, both the driver and passenger of the SUV were rushed to Lee Memorial Hospital, were the driver of the SUV, the 31-year-old man from Port Charlotte died from his injuries, and the passenger remains in serious condition.

The driver of the car who, according to a police report, ran the light and caused the accident was also in serious condition after the accident an is facing pending charges by the Florida Highway Patrol.

At All Injuries Law Firm, this is the kind of thing we hope never to see. One careless impatient moment can end or ruin lives. We urge southwest Florida drivers to stop for ALL red lights even if it's late and they think no one else is on the road.