Police said they do not believe that alcohol or drugs played a role in the tragedy. Instead, the violent, head-on interstate crash has been blamed on confusion in an older driver.
Law enforcement officials said a 45-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a head-on collision caused by an 84-year-old driver who was going the wrong way on the interstate highway. The older driver had apparently entered traffic going in the right direction, but became confused, and turned her 1994 Lincoln Town Car around.
The mid-afternoon crash was on Interstate 75 far to the east of Lake Charles, near Tampa, Florida.
As the Lincoln’s driver approached an overpass driving south in a northbound lane, another vehicle had to swerve to avoid the oncoming car. The vehicle then struck a pick-up truck, officials said, though they described that incident as a “minor collision.”
The Town Car had also swerved, according to a news report, and wound up driving on the shoulder. The motorcyclist had at the same time also swerved, and wound up on the same shoulder, going in the opposite direction as the wrong-way driver.
The car slammed head-on into the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, the report stated. Though the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time, he suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The wrong-way driver sustained injuries described as serious, and was taken to a nearby hospital.
The evidence in this tragedy makes it clear that there are instances in which some older people should no longer be allowed behind the wheel.
Families that lose a loved one in a preventable motor vehicle accident can sometimes find a measure of justice in a wrongful death lawsuit. You can speak with a Lake Charles attorney about your legal options.