The Tampa Bay Times reports that a man lost control of his vehicle, killing another person during the resulting crash.
At about 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, 31-year-old David Houston was driving south on Little Road at a high rate of speed. Near Crane’s Roost Drive, he lost control of the vehicle.
Meanwhile, 72-year-old Phillip Viola was turning left from the northbound lane of Little Road into the Regency Square shopping center.
Houston lost control of the 1993 Toyota sports car that he was driving and slammed into the side of Viola’s Hyundai sedan. Viola spun into a Ford pickup truck that was being driven by 51-year-old Patrick Trottman.
Houston and his 23-year-old passenger Brittany Rago both suffered from serious injuries and taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Viola and his 20-year-old passenger, Robert Ward, were also seriously injured.
Viola succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Charges are pending in the accident.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, in 2018, speeding was responsible for the deaths of 9,378 people. Speeding is also connected to drivers who are not wearing seat belts. 49% of all drivers who were speeding were not buckled up. Of men aged 15-20 who were involved in fatal accidents, 31% were traveling at speeds above the posted speed limit.
Speeding not only contributes to the loss of control of a vehicle, but it can also reduce the effectiveness of restraints, and increase the severity of the injuries that a person suffers in an accident.