Police in Seminole, FL arrested 60-year-old James Wolf after he allegedly drove through a red light and struck the back of a Lexus at a Seminole intersection, killing the driver and passenger in that vehicle. The accident happened shortly before 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 at the intersection of 104th Lane and Park Boulevard.
According to police, Wolf was driving west on Park in an SUV when he ran the light and struck the Lexus. The Lexus was pushed forward into the eastbound lanes, where it struck a van. Wolf continued driving before crashing into another SUV that was traveling east.
49-year-old Edward Delzer, the driver of the Lexus, and his passenger and father, 86-year-old Harvey Delzer, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Wolf was brought to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Charges are pending against him, and police suspect that both speeding and alcohol played roles in the crash.
Here are some thoughts on drunk driving accident liability from attorney contributor Michael Haggard:
Unexpectedly losing a loved one in a drunk driving accident is one of the most painful experiences you can go through. Even though we all know the risks of drunk driving, some motorists still continue to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. When a life is taken too soon because of someone else's recklessness, the victim's family deserves answers and support.
In Florida, both the drunk driver and the alcohol vendor who continued to serve them past the point of visible intoxication can both potentially be held liable for damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. The eligibility for a lawsuit varies from case to case and depends on specific circumstances of the accident and events leading up to it. Families of people who have been killed or injured by drunk drivers should consider speaking with a victims rights lawyer about their legal options.