The deadly crash took place the morning of Sunday, November 17th on Seabreeze Blvd, just north of the intersection with Poinsettia Street.
Zakos was driving southbound when a forklift being driven by Umanzor ran a stop sign into the path of his black Mercedes-Benz. While the body of the forklift remained out of the way, the protruding forks did not and eventually impacted Zakos' car, injuring him severely. Emergency responders would translate the victim to Broward Health Medical Center where he'd later succumb to his injuries.
Witnessess reported seeing the driver of the forklift leave the scene, and while he returned later on, at the time of Umanzor's arrest police also included charges for leaving the scene of a fatal crash along with penalties for driving without a license and failure to stop at a stop sign.
The subcontractor's employer, Southeast Skanska USA Inc., offered their condolences to the family and expressed their willingness to cooperate with the ongoing investigation by Fort Lauderdale PD.
An experienced construction accident attorney and contributor to Legal Herald, Michael Haggard offered the following insight for those who may have suffered injuries on or near work sites:
"The construction industry accounts for a large amount of worker's compensation claims that are filed each year. Evidently, all construction workers are constantly at risk of suffering an injury that could be quite serious if not deadly.
And yet, it is not only the workers on an active site who can become victims of construction work. Indeed, project sites are often in urban areas that are heavily trafficked, both by cars and pedestrians.
OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is the federal body that supervises construction sites, putting regulations and safety standards in place so as to avoid foreseeable disasters. Unfortunately, these are not always enforced or followed and, when they're violated, they tend to result in accidents.
If a bystander or passer-by is injured by the negligence of a construction worker, they have the option of filing a lawsuit to recover damages resulting directly from the negligent acts.
To determine if a victim has the possibility of pursuing legal action against a negligent individual, they should contact an attorney who will be able to analyze their case, explain all of the options, and then fight for the rights of the victims until the deserved compensation is achieved."